I believe there was a brief operation to Broken Hill using locos (422?) hauling XPT cars until cancelled and later replaced with XPL DMU.
As an interim measure could an XPT set be hauled by other locos?Not in passenger service.
1. Wouldn't be able to maintain timetable as its limited to 115 and the yellow boards, not the white which are usually 10km/h higher.
2. The XPT was designed to not be compatible with alot of other stuff, so you have issues with electrical connections.
3. What loco's? the few 48's that are owned by sydney trains, or are you hiring or leasing.
NSW has had 2 completely incompatible fleets of regional rolling stock for around 30 years now and the situation could have been improved dramatically had there been either 2 more XP power cars or at least a few emergency loco's modified ready to do the job. This issue has been debated "alot" in the NSW group for years.
For example there are up to 15 XP passenger cars, mostly EC class collecting dust due to a reduction in regional travelers, mostly due to poor time tabling trying provide a service to everywhere with limited stock on ancient track alignments. An extra set could have easily been assembled for nothing more than the cost of 2 x XP power cars and refitting of some of the EC cars and then the north coast timetable attractiveness could have been improved dramatically alog with overall timetable ontime running. Due to better flexibility to adsorb late running without the usual knock on effects.
Hell I'd even go further and use the still left over cars to create 3 x Dubbo style sets and allow the Canberra XPL DMU's to be refitted and redeployed to supplementing crowded commuter services. The Canberra service would likely see a small timetable improvement and probably be more appealing with the elimination of booking seating in all but 1st class.
Anyway its mute, as both the XPT and XPL fleets will be replaced by the new single fleet platform regional trains with XPT's sold off and XPL's likely converted to commuter services, so its all a mute point.
RTT, when were the XPT cars used to BH with the 422cl? The old 3 car train that preceded the XPL to BH were the same cars used on the Griffith passenger services on alternate days a week, they were both initially hauled by a captive 81cl.
I don't have the dates but my wife and I travelled to Broken on that train, the normal rostering and working was the Loco hauled set went empty to Orange and was there when the down XPT arrived. On the day we travelled to BH, there was a freight failure and the carriages left in the dock, the engines were sent to rescue the failed freighter, to my surprise there engines sent to rescue the freighter were 42220 SS, and 42204.
These two loco's worked with power connectors that enable one to be taken off line from the leading cab, on the down journey 42220 led to BH with 04 trailing, At Condo a Wolo was put on so we were late into BH, the train stayed there until late the following night which allowed us some sight seeing time.
I personally knew the driver on the train as he was an ex WCK man who went to Parkes at the time of the SG opening, along with myself from WCK, he stayed there and was appointed driver there as well. The inspector, was there for their training for the 422's and to report on the success of the trial. Primarily the trial was to see if the two 422's could do the work required by cutting in and out as needed for grades and flat terrain.
At the time the 81's were considered too valuable and in need compared to the 422's, owing to their abilities to haul more on freight services.
The return trip did not help much as the single line section from Tarana to Wang and we were running late had to wait for over two hours to allow the Down XPT to come over before allowing us to go on so quite late back in Sydney, but we got free lunch courtesy of the SRA.
I understand that the working was pretty much approved but did not last lone. I do have photo's of the train at Condo, and BH somewhere.