Where are the depots in Sydney and what lines do they usually service?
Ok, You have Hornsby, which services what is known as sector 3, which goes includes Western line as far as Emu Plains and Richmond, Hornsby via Strathfield and the North Shore to Berowra. It also maintains the 2 car K sets that are used on the Newcastle line.
Flemington services sector 2, which is Campbelltown, Bankstown, Liverpool, East Hills, City Circle, Airport and Blacktown to Campbelltown (Y link). It also services sector 3 as above but with the inclusion of Olympic Park and Carlingford.
Flemington is also the maintenance centre for the V's which is known as sector 4 and includes Lithgow/Blue Mountains, Central Coast/Newcastle and Dapto/South Coast.
Mortdale services Sector 1 which is basically Bondi to Cronulla/Waterfall and Sector 2 services as above. Once again the 2 car suburban L sets and the G sets that operate on the South Coast are maintained here also.
Then you have the Endeavour/Xplorer maintenance centre at Eveleigh and the XPT maintenance facility at Meeks Rd in Tempe.
It must be noted however that many trains are stabled overnight at many yards and sidings in the metro area which include Sydney Terminal, Eveleigh, Cronulla, Waterfall, North Sydney, Hornsby Yard, Blacktown, Richmond, Penrith, Liverpool, and Campbelltown.
Where do they house the v-sets overnight?
As stated above at Flemington, though there is the same deal as the suburbans, whereby sets are stabled at outlying locations overnight. These include Sydney Terminal, Mt Victoria, Lithgow (V sets), Gosford (V sets, G sets and K sets), Broadmeadow (V sets, Endeavours and the dmu's), Newcastle (V sets, Endeavours and the dmu's), Port Kembla (V sets), Wollongong (G sets, L sets and endeavours), Nowra (Endeavours) and Moss Vale (Endeavours).
And when did the depot in Punchbowl close and why? Thanks.
Sorry Vince, It is too early in the morning (or late at night) for me to think back that far, however someone else may be able to answer this for you.