The company was established in 1985 to manage locomotive 3801 and associated rolling stock. At that time its restoration was nearing completion at the former State Dockyard site in Newcastle. Out of trade apprentices worked on this restoration for over a three year period under the direction of the Hunter Valley Training Company. In November 1986, 3801 entered service and operated as the flagship of the Company for the next 20 years.
Brief History and Description of the Company
In 1988, 3801 and its train became the Bicentennial Train for Railways of Australia and operated tours to all the mainland capitals as part of the celebrations. In the latter part of 1988 and much of 1989, Flying Scotsman joined 3801 Limited and ran many very successful tours around NSW and beyond. In excess of 500, 000 passengers were carried by the Company during this 20 year period.
At the conclusion of initial 20 year Agreement with State Rail covering the operation of locomotive 3801, the Government relocated it and eight carriages that had been in our care to Thirlmere. Since December 2006, 3801 Limited has operated its tour trains with heritage diesel locomotives.
At the same time as the above Agreement was drawn up, State Rail granted 3801 Ltd. a Licence to Occupy the Large Erecting Shop, Eveleigh, as a base for the Companys operations.
The Large Erecting Shop remains the Companys operating base.
As a result of the N.S.W. Department of Transport seeking Expressions of Interest to take over the weekends only passenger service on the Unanderra Moss Vale line as a tourist operation, 3801 Ltd. commenced the Cockatoo Run heritage tourist train on 19th August 1995. This service currently operates from Sydney via Wollongong and Robertson and Moss Vale on selected Thursdays and Sundays with heritage diesel locomotives.
In March 2008, a new major tourist attraction, the Illawarra Tree Top Fly opened at Knights Hill near Robertson. Since that date, 3801 Limited has marketed a Tree Top Flyer ticket that includes train trip to Robertson, coach transfer to the Fly and Fly entry. This has added significant passenger numbers to our Cockatoo Run operation.
3801 Ltd. is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. It was incorporated on 5th June 1985; A.C.N. 002 951 671.
The registered office of the Company is: -
Australian Technology Park Locomotive Workshop,
Suite 2, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh 2015
P.O. Box 333, Alexandria. NSW 1435