XPT Replacement Discussion

 
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
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In short I think ARTC needs - at very least -  to be given a slightly different charter: to either more aggressively go about recovering it's own costs - or perhaps a charter more focused on maximising ultilisation rather than just providing a level playing field.
djf01
"ARTC's corporate charter is to:
  • Provide seamless and efficient access to users of the interstate rail network;
  • Pursue a growth strategy for interstate rail through improved efficiency and competitiveness;
  • Improve interstate rail infrastructure through better asset management and coordination of capital investment;
  • Encourage uniformity in access, technical, operating and safe working procedures; and
  • Operate the business on commercially sound principles"

http://www.artc.com.au/Content.aspx?p=112


I don't believe the charter precludes that. Passenger Priority is a different matter !

It will be telling to see now the current TfNSW Access review will turn out. ARTC, the Feds and various operators have made submissions.

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  tim617x Station Staff

I think the best replacement for the XPT would be the trains that Eurostar uses between London and Paris. The government should straighten out the tracks and use the speady trains! http://www.paris-tours-service.com/upload/Paris-to-London-Tour.jpg Just paint them with countrylink colours!
  tim617x Station Staff

I think the best replacement for the XPT would be the trains that Eurostar uses between London and Paris. The government should straighten out the line and use the speady trains, which can travel up to 340km an hour! http://www.paris-tours-service.com/upload/Paris-to-London-Tour.jpg Just paint them with countrylink colours!
  fixitguy Chief Train Controller

Location: In Carriage 4 on a Tangara
I think the best replacement for the XPT would be the trains that Eurostar uses between London and Paris. The government should straighten out the line and use the speady trains, which can travel up to 340km an hour! http://www.paris-tours-service.com/upload/Paris-to-London-Tour.jpg Just paint them with countrylink colours!
tim617x

No. the feds dont want a HSR and let alone afford it. the state cannot afford it. the best solution is a tilting train loosely based on the QR tilt trains, Virgin Super Voyager ( I a big fan of Virgin Tilting Trains as many may know), etc.
tilting trains should be able to reduce speeds and once the track up upgraded (for mainly freight use as thtats the most lucurative market) speeds should be reduced ecen more
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
I think the best replacement for the XPT would be the trains that Eurostar uses between London and Paris. The government should straighten out the line and use the speady trains, which can travel up to 340km an hour! http://www.paris-tours-service.com/upload/Paris-to-London-Tour.jpg Just paint them with countrylink colours!
tim617x

Better hurry up, before most of the population is in an aged care facility and hardly any PAYEs left Wink

Love the word 'Just'
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.
I think the best replacement for the XPT would be the trains that Eurostar uses between London and Paris. The government should straighten out the line and use the speady trains, which can travel up to 340km an hour! http://www.paris-tours-service.com/upload/Paris-to-London-Tour.jpg Just paint them with countrylink colours!
"tim617x"


I'll come up with a serious response when I can hack one together.
  tim617x Station Staff

What the government also needs to do is increase speeds on the long distance trains, it should only take 8 hours max to Brisbane and 6 hours max Melbourne. Also the government needs to make the line to Brisbane go via lismore, Byron bay and the gold cost line and make a line to Adelaide via Griffith and it should take a max of 13 hours to get to Adelaide, also make a line from Sydney to Eden, and reopen the line to Baradine via Mudgee.
  fixitguy Chief Train Controller

Location: In Carriage 4 on a Tangara
What the government also needs to do is increase speeds on the long distance trains, it should only take 8 hours max to Brisbane and 6 hours max Melbourne. Also the government needs to make the line to Brisbane go via lismore, Byron bay and the gold cost line and make a line to Adelaide via Griffith and it should take a max of 13 hours to get to Adelaide, also make a line from Sydney to Eden, and reopen the line to Baradine via Mudgee.
tim617x
Qantas and Virgin do those trips in 1-2 hours. Whats the point of investing all that money to increase it speeds when the plane is still faster after upgrades. Its either Julia or Tony in a couple of months time build the damm HSR or we do nothing and repalce the XPT when they die. You either beat them (the planes) or join them.