Sort of coming back to me.
Back in the days there were three principal and one conditional westbound freight services from Sydney. They were:
- 1261 principally Adelaide
- 1263 WA
- 1265 WA
- There was also 1259 which took overflow at busy times and had the potential to provide the quickest service with some fancy footwork at Peterborough and Port Pirie.
All, of course, ran via Broken Hill.
In the best traditions of what I will call the 'NSWGR' days of operation, origin locations, loading conveyed and destinations served were infinitely flexible on a daily basis. The above trains connected with Australian National (and the WAGR) to provide an excellent and reliable service from NSW to both Adelaide and Perth.
Those were the days when the railways involved (NSWGR, AN and the WAGR) provided services that were far more flexible than the more regimented schedules offered today.
Not saying that services today do not meet customer requirements but operations in those days were 'a lot more fun and things didn't just happen day in and day out'!