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craigfitz1

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As many folk on this thread well know, the daily Grafton XPT has been replaced by buses for the past few weeks.

From the 29th September (start of NSW school holidays) they are trying an alteration  ...

[quote=simstrain]Several factors in NSW are driving these extra rail services from regional nsw but the fact remains that the xplorers and endeavours give the liberal government a chance to expand rai ...

[quote=M636C][quote]At the risk of sounding like a broken gramophone, NSW Trains should dispense with XPT power cars and drop some pointy loco like an EL, RL or AN on either end of the trains with a p ...

[quote=mm42]Is reliability now woeful in the XPT fleet? On Friday 30th I went through Culcairn (by car) about 8:30 am and there was an XPT at the platform, with engines noisily running. There is no XP ...

[quote=LesS]The XPL fleet in particular are worn out from excessive overuse. It is proving to be impossible to keep the power cars operational. Over recent weeks I have seen the departure of services ...

And with the new Bathurst and Griffith services about to get started (and promises made about an extra Singleton train),  the current fleet must surely be stretched to breaking point.

I see that to ...

If the current schedules for the Griffith and Broken Hill Xplorers remain the same, then the new service could use an Xplorer set on Wednesday/Thursday or Thursday/Friday.
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[quote=s3_gunzel][quote]Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Dubbo XPT already stops at Tarana as well as Rydal on request. It would make more sense for the Bathurst Bullet to have permanent stops at the ...

It has been something like ten consecutive years of June long weekend shutdown on all northern lines.

For many years I try to visit family up in Newcastle over this long weekend, but I always take  ...

I could have posted this under 'questions I have always been afraid to ask....., but here goes:

1. I loved hearing about the last Newcastle Flyer service to Newcastle in 2014.

But, my question is ...

Posted 12 May 2019 12:29 in New South Wales by craigfitz1

Looks like the central west XPT was again replaced by XPL today.
ANR


And again on Saturday 11th May.

I know, as I went out to Orange and back for the day.

It helps that the Canberra  ...

[quote=potatoinmymouth]One feature of such a service would have to be absolutely unimpeachable reliability to garner the business market. If a plane is cancelled, the business customers might only be ...

Posted 16 Apr 2019 13:14 in New South Wales by craigfitz1

Ok, I will take the bait.

It is not just pensioners who use our NSW regional trains.

My fully booked service yesterday (Casino XPT) was a genuine cross section.

In my carriage alone there was ...

Posted 16 Apr 2019 11:14 in New South Wales by craigfitz1

[quote=simstrain]

As for the livery I think they were all unique and representative of who was in leadership at the time. So long as the service is provided what does it matter what the name of the s ...

Posted 01 Apr 2019 06:13 in New South Wales by craigfitz1

An update regarding the Blue Mountains 'emergency' track repairs.

Despite TrainLink initially being somewhat coy about the actual issue, news reports have leaked out to inform us that there is a ro ...

Posted 31 Mar 2019 22:09 in New South Wales by craigfitz1

This has not not had a lot of press, given that it has resulted in a 100% shut down of all trains, both passenger and freight in and out of Goulburn.

Well, it is surely now time for Wallerawang to get its station back into regular service. You won't even need to build a platform extension to make this happen.

Wallerawang residents would apprecia ...

Posted 16 Mar 2019 14:11 in New South Wales by craigfitz1

Slight change of topic:

The thriving metropolis of Millthorpe (between Blayney and Orange) had its railway station re-opened for business yesterday.

There was even a community open day to celebrat ...

[quote=ANR]That's what the pollies are hoping... Something new and shiny or blingy to cause distraction.

That's why we need local manufacturing and fabrication for many new assets. When we want mor ...

[quote=simstrain]Goulburn and Bathurst will most likely get the mid tier set while the entry level will be for bomaderry, moss vale and hunter line services. The reason why a 6 car set will be used fo ...

[quote=GeoffreyHansen]I'm not against more trains to Bathurst but interesting words "sourcing carriages"

[url=/news/s/number-two-with-a-bullet-second-daily-rail-service-to-sydney]Number two with a ...

[quote=djf01][quote][quote][quote]With the announcement of the contract for the design and construction of the new NSW Regional train fleet, I thought I'd start a thread on possible enhancements to th ...

[quote=djf01][quote]With the announcement of the contract for the design and construction of the new NSW Regional train fleet, I thought I'd start a thread on possible enhancements to the current Trai ...

The NSW TrainLink website is promoting a new train service to Griffith, due to start later in 2019.

The site says it is to be a mid-week service.

This follows a long-running local campaig ...

I understand that the push for the Winton rail car came from Aussie Outback Tours, who have their fingers in many pies out west.

I also heard the story from an employee of that same company who just  ...

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