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Sydney’s vintage Red Rattler Train newly available for screen productions

Image: supplied by Sydney Trains

Filmmakers get on board! The team at Sydney Trains has recently announced that the iconic electric train, the Red Rattler, is now available to productions for filming for the first time! Every filmmaker knows that locations have the potential to bring a unique quality to their film, and the Red Rattler will see your production on the right track. 

Part of Sydney’s history, the Red Rattler Trains were once the city’s primary public suburban transportation car, operating between the 1920s to 1990s. The trains are conveniently located at Flemington Maintenance Centre in Sydney, with up to four carriages available for use. The trains that can even run on our Sydney tracks have been restored to full operating condition by Historic Electric Traction Society and Transport Heritage NSW. 

The Screen NSW Production Attraction team has also included the Red Rattler Trains on the list of Sydney filming locations for productions to consider. You can view images here.


 Fast facts about this iconic train: 

  • The passenger, single-deck vintage electric Red Rattler Trains operated in Sydney, Melbourne, and even New York!
  • Officially known as the Set F1, the trains are affectionately known by locals as the Red Rattlers due to their red brick colour and the ‘rattle’ sound in their window frames.
  • F1 includes one of the original carriages that formed part of the first electric train to cross the Harbour Bridge in 1932.


Do you want to know more? 

To enquire about filming with the Red Rattler* including usage parameters, logistics and fees, please reach out to the Sydney Trains Commercial Filming Team on

*Please note generally a minimum notice of 8 weeks is required.

Along with the Red Rattler, the Sydney Trains Commercial Filming Team are happy to share with you their knowledge of trains in the Transport for NSW portfolio, and the best contacts to refer you to depending on your enquiry.

Helpful links follows: 


Need more location ideas for your production? Contact Screen NSW

One of the roles of the Screen NSW Production Attraction Team is to provide advice about filming locations in Sydney and regional NSW. The team manage the Screen NSW Film Scout website & free iPhone app. For the searchable database of NSW filming locations and local council and authority contacts, visit: 

To get in contact with the Production Attraction Team, please email us on

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