I travelled to Sydney last week on the Xplorer from Armidale and I have a couple of (perhaps silly) questions.
On the way to Sydney I noticed a large number of TSRs between Muswellbrook and Singleton. From memory the track speed here is quite high but the train never seemed to get any speed up. What is the cause of these restrictions? I have travelled on this service a number of times but I haven't ever seen such a large number of TSRs.
Secondly, on the way home yesterday, the Xplorer departed from platform 8 at Central. Usually it goes from platform 2, so was there something different happening yesterday that caused this change? As we left I looked across and I couldn't see anything in either platform 1 or 2. I thought it was a bit weird as platform 8 is inside the paid station area, which might have caused complications that could have been averted by putting the train on platform 2 as per normal.
Thanks in advance for your help.