How often does the Griffith Countrylink train actually run?

 
  a6et Minister for Railways

So Dubbo is more important than Canberra. Why is it three weekends in a row that the Canberra/ Griffith trains are not running.

As a Victorian it always seem to me that the southern trains appear to have bus replacement services the most

How many people use the Elvis train to Parkes
beanzs27

The Parkes XPT is always fully booked out.

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  Fireman Dave Chief Commissioner

Location: Shh, I'm hiding
So Dubbo is more important than Canberra. Why is it three weekends in a row that the Canberra/ Griffith trains are not running.

As a Victorian it always seem to me that the southern trains appear to have bus replacement services the most

How many people use the Elvis train to Parkes
"beanzs27"


The issue with the Canberra (and Griffith) trains in the above circumstances is the route the trains have to take. The XPT to Melbourne travels via Wollongong and Moss Vale. There aren't enough paths up the single Unanderra-Moss Vale line or crews avaliable to handle the Canberra/Griffith trains as well.
  Aussietrainman Station Master

Pardon me, but to state that the XPT travels through Wollongong (!) - unless that has changed since the 18th November last - is utter rubbish. On the above date I travelled to Sydney to attend a Drug & Alcohol Authorised Person trainining course run by ITSR/ONRSR. We went by the East Hills line - the one in Sydney, not Wollongong ...
Aussietrainman
  monday Chief Commissioner

I think Fireman Dave is alluding to the fact that when trackwork shuts down the main south line between Moss Vale and Glenfield, all trains are diverted via Wollongong and the Illawarra track.

In these cases of needing to divert through this route, there simply isn't enough paths for all trains (freight, pax or whatever) - so they choose to run the XPT this way, but they amex the Canberra passenger service as it cant get the paths required at the relevant times (which would theoretically mop up six paths a day, being three trains each way each day over a 24 hour period). Time wise, it may also materially delay the Canberra pass for its relatively shortish journey and quick turnarounds at each end, whereas the XPT isn't as affected as much over the bigger distances in which it theoretically could make up time (ha ha).

Overall, its available pathing that is the biggest problem. Fireman Dave wasn't saying that the XPT conventionally run this way 'all the time' at all, I think he just means during track work periods.
  Aussietrainman Station Master

OK, thanks, that makes sense.

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