Yass Junction - overnight XPT to Southern Cross

 
  Caulfieldman Beginner

I did this trip a while back when the Greyhound bus went through in the early evening. I was the only passenger awaiting the train; I waited near the bolted office and was hailed from the Sydney end of the train to board there, despite the carriage number on my ticket. It was a bit of run to get on.

Checking today, the Greyhound bus doesn't work,  arrives in Yass about 14.30, so the 982 Transborder bus is the winner and gets in at 18.36, about 5 1/2 hours before the train.

I guess I can amuse myself checking out the Yass Town station, try and trace the street railtracks, get to Woolworths by 10PM, and then taxi off to the station for a couple of hours close to the CCTV.

I drove down the Hume in January, as always the Yass Junction station was closed, deserted with one car in the car park. In excellent condition overall.

Any suggestions as to general Yass safety etc. I'll be travelling solo.

Thanks for your interest

UPDATE - it is safer to travel Canberra - Goulburn - Melbourne.

I have since discovered that a Murrays bus from Jolimont Canberra arrives at about 19.30 at Goulburn Station. The station is staffed until the departure of the XPT and is located one block from the Goulburn main street. Sorry Yass.

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  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I think your preference for Goulburn is a very sound idea. I travel by myself, and have the same safety concerns that you do.
  Radioman Junior Train Controller

Hello All,

It is quite some years since I travelled to Canberra , so you now have to travel in the wrong direction to catch the train in the right direction to travel to Melboure ?

Is this not a bit bizarre, or am I just weird for thinking that the general idea of travelling in the direction one is intending to arrive at is the sensible thing to do ?

And why would waiting at Yass station be dangerous ? I know it is a small town and the railway is some distance from Yass Town but does that part of NSW have some dangerous individuals that one does not meet elsewhere ?

Curious and best wishes to all, Radioman.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
@Caulfieldman @Valvegear Why not travel Canberra-Albury-Melbourne?
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Was in Yass Junction on the weekend.   You'd be pretty safe, but even so take railblogger's suggestion and do the Canberra to Albury road coach and then catch the train all via V/Line.   Sad thing is you'll miss some of the nicer aspects of riding the XPT in southern NSW if you are travelling in daylight!!!
  CS2905 Junior Train Controller

Location: Canberra, ACT
Some of the replies seem to have missed that Caulfieldman is intending to catch the Sydney to Melbourne overnight XPT, ie; Yass Junction at 12.17 am.

If I was travelling alone, I'd probably have concerns about being in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night too.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Some of the replies seem to have missed that Caulfieldman is intending to catch the Sydney to Melbourne overnight XPT, ie; Yass Junction at 12.17 am.

If I was travelling alone, I'd probably have concerns about being in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night too.
CS2905
Yes, I think that has been the case too. I would much prefer to go to Goulburn, not necessarily because it might feel safer in any way, but because the time spent waiting for the train is so much less. And shops, etc, are much closer to Goulburn station than to Yass Junction, so time could easily be spent in a restaurant.
  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
And why would waiting at Yass station be dangerous ?
"Radioman"
On your own at midnight, no help readily available if needed, and an ever-increasing number of ice-heads out there. Would that be a good reason?
  Radioman Junior Train Controller

Dear Valvegear,

Yes , the presence of ice heads does make one consider a safer Plan B , thanks for the update,

Regards, Radioman
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
No one is safe anywhere anymore.
You might just be a bit less unsafe in some places than others.
  xke9600hp Train Controller

Dear Valvegear,

Yes , the presence of ice heads does make one consider a safer Plan B , thanks for the update,

Regards, Radioman
Radioman
I think you'd be more likely to suffer from loneliness at Yass Jct than be attacked by anyone - station is miles out of town.  Goulburn will be similarly deserted but at least the police station is across the road.  If anyone attacked you, you'd be able to  burst through the police station door and email/file your distress on the computer terminal they have there for such emergencies.
  theanimal Deputy Commissioner

And why would waiting at Yass station be dangerous ?
On your own at midnight, no help readily available if needed, and an ever-increasing number of ice-heads out there. Would that be a good reason?
Valvegear
Surely getting on the train exposes you to iceheads?
  billybaxter Deputy Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
OP hasn't been back since the first post, so the trip's done or he doesn't care for our advice. Anyway, Greyhound has a direct overnight bus, so you'd really have to love the train to choose the via Goulburn option over that. I'd understand choosing the train for a daylight trip, but at night, in the dark, when you probably want a snooze anyway ...
  theanimal Deputy Commissioner

OP hasn't been back since the first post, so the trip's done or he doesn't care for our advice. Anyway, Greyhound has a direct overnight bus, so you'd really have to love the train to choose the via Goulburn option over that. I'd understand choosing the train for a daylight trip, but at night, in the dark, when you probably want a snooze anyway ...
billybaxter
or the iceheads got him?
  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Surely getting on the train exposes you to iceheads?
"theanimal"
Of course it does, but, on the train, you're not on your own in the middle of the night with no help at hand.
  theanimal Deputy Commissioner

Surely getting on the train exposes you to iceheads?
Of course it does, but, on the train, you're not on your own in the middle of the night with no help at hand.
Valvegear
you reckon?

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