Wondabyne - 5 November 2011

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ajsim88 Beginner

Hi guys, this appears to be my first post on Railpage! Glad to be here!

I went for a short trip up to Wondabyne on Saturday afternoon/evening because I was intrigued from hearing about it from friends and also from glimpsing it when whizzing past on Newcastle bound V-sets. I boarded a 4-car OSCAR at Epping and informed the guard immediately of my intention to alight at Wondabyne which he seemed very appreciative of, saying that some travellers only inform him halfway between Hawkesbury River and Wondabyne. He was very pleasant and seemed enthused at my decision to alight there and chatted to me for a while about pressing the button to open the door and waving down the return train etc.

When I got off at Wondabyne I noticed people camping in a clearing just to the south of the station, literally no more than 20 metres from the railway line. They had a campfire going and everything...is this legal? There were also a few people returning from fishing on Mullet Creek waiting to catch a southbound service. One bogan looking man used the 'Help Point' to ask if a train would stop for him at Wondabyne even though there was a timetable poster a mere metre or so away....

I stayed for a few hours admiring the beauty of the place and noting whether OSCARS or V-Sets are scheduled to stop there. From what I noticed they were all OSCARS except for the 9.27pm service returning to Sydney which was a V-Set. Other V-Sets sped past without slowing down to check for passengers.
 
konkos Assistant Commissioner

Location: Live next door to half-bar
Welcome ajsim88 to Railpage and may you enjoy and go further afield in the future. As a genenal rule we all are a friendly and helpful lot with the aim for further your knowlegde and experience you may encounter following Australia's vast Rail network.
konkos
 
S129 Banned

Location: Banned
From what I noticed they were all OSCARS except for the 9.27pm service returning to Sydney which was a V-Set. Other V-Sets sped past without slowing down to check for passengers.
- ajsim88

Are there still any Central (i) - Wyong/Central (i) - Gosford services during peak hours that are run using V sets?
 
RTT_Rules Minister for Railways

Location: Dubai UAE
Hi,
Welcome, don't know about the camping bit but everything is legal until you get caught. 20m is still alot further away than most boom gates. I think I know where you are talking and I would have thought much further 20m the fire would get wet?

I would have probably camped down there had I still lived on Central Coast. I've walked there from Woy Woy tip once, don't know if that was legal.

Its a great spot and would be nice to see it made more popular.

Regards
Shane
 
chase42211 Chief Commissioner

Location: A well paid kettle boiler.
Last time I was down that way in the boat, RailCorp had a heap of signs up along the track saying no camping. That would have been 4 years ago.
 
balikoy Chief Commissioner

I think that land is part of Brisbane Waters national park.  

Its generally the case that in national parks you can only camp in designated camping areas  unless you are actually on a hiking trip in which case you can camp out along the track overnight but generally not set up a camp and stay there for any longer period.

There is a track running up the hill and then north from Wondabyne  which eventually goes to Kariong.   You can also go to Woy Woy and even towards Patonga  but you have to go north from Wondabyne first  and then east later and right around the head of the valley.    

You are not supposed to go directly east from Wondabyne towards Woy Woy because you would have to use the railway embankment across the creek which is not allowed.

Near the top of the mountain between Woy Woy and Wondabyne there is a big chimney standing in the middle of nowhere  which is a ventilation shaft for the tunnel.
 
ajsim88 Beginner

Just south of the station on the western side of the line is a large mass of lantana bushes and other weeds and the small clearing is behind them, totally out of site from anyone travelling by rail. The campers could have been just bushwalkers on the Great North Walk just passing through but i'm not sure.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Wondabyne station was the regular PA announcements informing passengers that "the next train will not stop at this station, please stand behind the yellow line". At least two announcements were made automatically upon an approaching train, the first perhaps 3-4 minutes prior and the second about 1 minute before the train sped through.
 
gunzel412 Station Master

Location: Picton, NSW
The 03:45 and 04:47 Central (i) to Newcastle services have both been 6V this week, stopping at Wondabyne (and everywhere else).  I actually picked someone up yesterday on the 04:47!
 
Joe_Smith Locomotive Driver

Location: Sydney
The 03:45 and 04:47 Central (i) to Newcastle services have both been 6V this week, stopping at Wondabyne (and everywhere else).  I actually picked someone up yesterday on the 04:47!
- gunzel412


enjoying IC Mr Gunzel.   Anytime you want those lunches I apparently owe you, feel free to collect.   Laughing
 
gunzel412 Station Master

Location: Picton, NSW
We could meet for lunch at the Wondabyne RSL.
 
NoDont Station Master

Are there still any Central (i) - Wyong/Central (i) - Gosford services during peak hours that are run using V sets?
- S129
On Friday gone I was on the 8V 17.15 heading North.
Wonderful run that must be to work, too - four stopping stations between Sydney Terminal and Wyong.
 
gold4leaf Station Master

Location: Somewhere on the Short North
Are there still any Central (i) - Wyong/Central (i) - Gosford services during peak hours that are run using V sets?
- S129
On Friday gone I was on the 8V 17.15 heading North.
Wonderful run that must be to work, too - four stopping stations between Sydney Terminal and Wyong.
- NoDont


Think you will find that the 17:15 out of Sydney Terminal (sorry Central(i) ) is actually a Newcastle service, once known as the "Newcastle Flyer". AFAIK all Newcastle services are still V sets

Don't know how true but I have been told by fellow travellers that Cityrail services travelling beyond a certain distance (?) must have armrests and toilets and Gosford/Wyong (and Wollongong) are within this distance and therefore V's are nolonger a requirement. (Note that this is only here say from non rail knowledgable people)

I believe S129 was asking if any Wyong services i.e. Wyong terminators, are still running as V sets, unable to answer conclusively but the Wyong/Gosford services that I have caught in the past are no longer V's.

Cheers
 

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