I doubt that's correct. More likely to be closer to 3m similar to Oscars, but still too wide for a limited number of pinch points between Springwood and Lithgow. The specs clearly state, supported by visual graphics, that the Intercity trains will have fixed 2+2 seating.According to yesterday's SMH, the new IU trains are 3.1m (10' 2") wide and are too wide for most of the Blue Mountains.
The extra width may allow for 2+3 seating in stead of 2+2 seating.
Central Coast was done I think in the 80's.
It will be good for NSW trains to have all three corridors on the same page, much easier for scheduling.
Local MP to debate Transport Minister Constance on new intercity fleet contractWhat a beat-up! Labor has to do better than that. They'd be doing the same thing if they were in power. I don't agree with everything the Coalition does with transport, but with regard to this issue, they're on the money. It's inevitable and when you're replacing the whole Intercity Train fleet, it's the time to do it.
I'm actually curious, if the new intercity trains replace all oscars and they are moved to suburban duties, what will happen to the Gosford and Wyong services via the North Shore Line? Will the new intercity trains be travelling through the city subway to Hornsby? or will they keep a couple of Oscars for outer suburban/shorter intercity runs such as this? I guess the further question is, prior to the introduction of the first outer suburban trains (Tangara G sets), I take it all Wyong services were to and from Sydney Terminal via Strathfield/Epping only in days of the U and V sets?No, they will be done with the new sets. Wyong and gosford services via the shore have been done with v sets in the past. The issue with V sets is that each car is approx 4m longer than a normal suburban car. So an 8 car v set train is roughly 32m longer than an 8 car oscar or waratah. Because of this extra length, an 8 car v sets can't fit into the eastern suburbs railway, the city circle and any north shore stations.
Both the springwood-lithgow line upgrade project and 10 tunnels deviation project are scheduled to start sometime this year (likely end of 2018 for 10 tunnels) and take about 2 years to complete.Bet Blue Mountains commuters are thrilled by that.
Justify why the Blue Mountains commuters are going to be thrilled and could you financially justify getting rid of the ten tunnels. Actually just going to notch them in a similar style to Glenbrook #2.Both the springwood-lithgow line upgrade project and 10 tunnels deviation project are scheduled to start sometime this year (likely end of 2018 for 10 tunnels) and take about 2 years to complete.Bet Blue Mountains commuters are thrilled by that.
When I read "10 Tunnels Deviation Project" I thought "Wow, are they finally going to get rid of them?" but no, it's just the name of that section of line. Bit silly to be calling it a deviation now, since it's been the main line far longer than Zigzag ever was.