Historic Rail Motor at Central Station by Michael John

Historic Rail Motor at Central Station by 

This rarely seen historic Rail Motor No. 7 was captured at Central Station beneath one of the older style signs. These signs have since been replaced.

The CPH (or 42 foot) railmotors were introduced by the New South Wales Government Railways in 1923 to provide feeder service on country branch lines.

They were often referred to as “Tin Hares”, having evolved at the same time as the mechanical lures used in greyhound racing in Australia.

Some of these veteran rail motors are preserved and still operational, including this one, CPH 7.

Central Railway Station, NSW, Australia.

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  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...almost 4 years ago

    What a great catch! :) It’s like stepping back in time… Wish I’d been there for that one!

    Good one! :)

  • It’s always great to see the old trains. Thanks for the fave Donna.

    – Michael John

  • Liza Barlow
    Liza Barlowalmost 4 years ago

    nice one Michael.

  • Thanks for commenting and for the fave Liza

    – Michael John

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture Michael … I used to travel on one of these betwen Blacktown and Richmond in my teen years … brings back memories♥

  • Well that must bring back the memories for you! Thanks Bev.

    – Michael John

  • Kathilee
    Kathileealmost 4 years ago

    I’m so glad we still have remnants from the past! They don’t make things like this anymore! Cool capture

  • Exactly – great to see them restored. Thanks for the fave Kathilee.

    – Michael John

  • virginian
    virginianalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture back into time.

  • Thanks Judy

    – Michael John

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot Michael. Was that a special or were you there by accident.

  • It was a special day for the railways. Thanks John.

    – Michael John

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...almost 4 years ago

    Lovely shot – when was this taken? They still have some at Canberra Rail Society and ran a trip from Canberra to Thirlmere just a week or so ago. And there is the Rail Motor Society at Patterson too, and a few, with trailers, at Cooma. Those are the ones I know of that run. Have had many good trips on the Canberra ones.

  • I have never actually been on one, so good to hear that they still run. This photo was taken some years ago.

    – Michael John

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    magnificent capture

  • Thanks Kathy

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsalmost 4 years ago

    Looks a bit like the old rail motor that ran between Moree & Mungindi when I was a kid.
    It was pretty slow & used to throw you across the seat. Nice shot Mike.

  • Sounds like you have some painful memories there Michael!

    – Michael John

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsalmost 4 years ago

    Painful ? .. that would be an exaggeration. I should have said it was a bit rough & at times you needed to hold on rather than just sit there.

  • lol – well you can laugh about it now!

    – Michael John

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