Vinelander, you should park the political attitude especially when you are completely wrong.
The question about are there enough trains is more for the inter urban fleet. I haven't counted the As the XPL/END fleet is less than 30 years old, I would expect that these trains could be retained as needed as gap fillers and growth on the interurban network for a few years to come. Additional trains could then be ordered in due course without fear of leaving the existing network short of rolling stock.
I read somewhere recently that the Endeavours will be kept for use on the Hunter line and so maybe there maybe an expansion of hunter line services or possibly more 4 car services.
Sims, I cannot see that based on pre Covid patronage on the Hunter lines that there is a need for more services up here ATM, currently and pre Covid there were 4 trains per hour between 0700 -0800 from Victoria St, then 3 trains between 0800 & 0900 all to Wickham. The services a split between limited stops and all stations services, the later being 3 minutes longer than the limited stops services.
Pre Covid the services in the 0700 - 0800 services along with the first one just after 0800 usually were close to around 80% patronage, with many getting off at Warabrook for the Uni, then Hamilton where change to Sydney trains were the next level of numbers.
ATM, the trains still all run to normal TT's and mostly have a fair number of schoolies heading to the beach, but pre the tram and Covid, the trains had more passengers including schoolies and adults.
One of the stations that has few numbers is Metford, which the suburb of that name screamed out for a station, even in peak times, max who get on are 6, maybe a couple more when uni is open. The busiest stations are Victoria St, Thornton, then Beresfield & Warabrook.
The aspect that should be pushed is the need perhaps for a Singleton service and promotion of the Branxton area which is growing quite a bit from the new estates on the Cessnock side of the station, but there is also a degree of new estates on the other side as well, but more rural blocks. In saying that the longer distance service to MBK should do the job.