Travelling every TrainLink country train in NSW

 
  zaitseff Beginner

Location: Sydney
This might interest one or two people on Railpage, I'm sure...

I will be travelling on every country train operated by Transport NSW Trainlink (nee CountryLink) in a two-week period.  My itinerary is on my website: http://www.zap.org.au/~john/train-travel-2014.html.  And why?  Well, do I really need to explain that here? Smile

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  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
Good luck, the Griffith train is consistantly AMEX'd
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

Interesting itinerary. You are certainly getting your money's worth on the Discovery Pass.
I note you avoid any overnight travel by catching the Casino XPT and coach to Brisbane, but it will be an early start on the XPT back from Brisbane.
By travelling on most trains for the full journey there and back you make the overall itinerary longer, which I guess was the intention. You could, for example, have got off the train coming back from Griffith at Junee, then caught the Melbourne XPT from there, and covered Broken Hill in the second week. Your itinerary covers the Sydney-Goulburn line six times, so you will be seeing some of the same scenery numerous times.
Hope it is a great experience.
  zaitseff Beginner

Location: Sydney
Interesting itinerary. You are certainly getting your money's worth on the Discovery Pass.
Spletsie

It all started because I wanted to do Sydney-Broken Hill during the daylight (I've already travelled Sydney-Adelaide and Sydney-Perth via the Indian Pacific). Then I found that, for an additional $10 or so, I could do all the trains!

By travelling on most trains for the full journey there and back you make the overall itinerary longer, which I guess was the intention. You could, for example, have got off the train coming back from Griffith at Junee, then caught the Melbourne XPT from there, and covered Broken Hill in the second week. Your itinerary covers the Sydney-Goulburn line six times, so you will be seeing some of the same scenery numerous times.
Spletsie

I did think of doing it that way: catching multiple segments and not covering the same area too many times. However, in the end, I decided to avoid either tight connections or multi-hour waits where I could. Furthermore, I wanted to avoid night travel as much as possible: I want to see the scenery! And I do enjoy rail travel, anyway... Smile
  Bethungra Train Controller

Good luck, the Grafton train is consistantly AMEX'd
s3_gunzel

Really?  Why?
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
Really? Why?
Bethungra

Sorry, Griffith - Late night... Smile edited the post to reflect my stuff up.
  CS2905 Junior Train Controller

Location: Canberra, ACT
The Sydney - Canberra - Sydney run that you're intending to do is going to be rubber wheels on bitumen tracks.
  DL_Daily Locomotive Driver

Hope ya have a good pub picked out for Griffith.
Gemini Hotel seems to be alright, it is going to be 33C Saturday Crying or Very sad
Good swimming weather Laughing

DL_Daily
  zaitseff Beginner

Location: Sydney
The Sydney - Canberra - Sydney run that you're intending to do is going to be rubber wheels on bitumen tracks.
CS2905

Sigh!  Yes, I have found out this very fact, many weeks after booking the tickets.  So I'll be doing the Sydney-Canberra-Sydney run on Saturday 25th instead (and, yes, at extra cost--just so that I can say I have travelled every country train!).
  zaitseff Beginner

Location: Sydney
Hope ya have a good pub picked out for Griffith.
Gemini Hotel seems to be alright, it is going to be 33C Saturday Crying or Very sad
Good swimming weather Laughing
DL_Daily

Days One and Two: it was hot out at Griffith, and I did forget to bring shorts!  Ah, well, lesson learnt for Day Three: out to Broken Hill!  Incidentally, I did stay at the Gemini Hotel (Comfort Inn): it was OK, didn't need to turn on the air conditioning for the night.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
Days One and Two: it was hot out at Griffith, and I did forget to bring shorts! Ah, well, lesson learnt for Day Three: out to Broken Hill! Incidentally, I did stay at the Gemini Hotel (Comfort Inn): it was OK, didn't need to turn on the air conditioning for the night.
zaitseff

Was Griffith train or bus?
  zaitseff Beginner

Location: Sydney
Was Griffith train or bus?
RTT_Rules

Train.

For the curious, I'll be updating my webpage (http://www.zap.org.au/~john/train-travel-2014.html) every second or third day (every time I get back to Sydney) with my experiences to date.
  CS2905 Junior Train Controller

Location: Canberra, ACT
For the curious, I'll be updating my webpage (http://www.zap.org.au/~john/train-travel-2014.html) every second or third day (every time I get back to Sydney) with my experiences to date.
zaitseff

Did you survive?

I've been cross-referencing your itinerary with the service alerts on the NSW TrainLink site, and you seem to have dodged a few bullets. That is to say, there have been several bustitutions over the past couple of weeks, but none that you would've been affected by.
  darcyj Chief Train Controller
  jdennis Junior Train Controller

John

Are there any more updates coming? Would be great to hear a bit more about your experiences.
  CS2905 Junior Train Controller

Location: Canberra, ACT
John hasn't logged on here since 12/10, and his last blog entry was 14/10. His schedule for 15/10 was to Moree. Maybe he liked Moree so much that he stayed there?
  scoot Junior Train Controller

Location: Safety Bay, Western Australia
I'm loving this idea. I'm coming to Sydney in June so I may give this a go. Sounds like fun.
  Voldemort Junior Train Controller

I remember a few years ago it was possible to go on the entire Countrylink network in only seven consecutive calendar days, starting and ending at Sydney Central. You had to catch the Indian Pacific on one of those days though.
  scoot Junior Train Controller

Location: Safety Bay, Western Australia
Good luck, the Griffith train is consistantly AMEX'd
s3_gunzel
excure my ignorance. What does AMEX'd mean?
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
excure my ignorance. What does AMEX'd mean?
scoot
Probably someone's way of saying "Cancelled and replaced by a Bus".

The original poster has not been heard from since heading to Moree, likewise his blog has not been updated, so we don't know if he made it or not.
  s3_gunzel Not a gunzel developer

Location: Western Sydney, AU
excure my ignorance. What does AMEX'd mean?
scoot
As already said, AMEX'd means cancelled.
  jibbonpoint Chief Commissioner

Location: Shoalhaven
This is very strange, his not following up. I hope he is OK.

Exciting journey. I'm going to have to give this a go, now I'm retired.
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
Yes Jibbo, I am worried about John Zaitseff's lack of further posting.

A pensioner can have a fine and very cheap time gadding about NSW via Countrylink. I have done a bit of it but would find two weeks of constant travel a bit much.
  DL_Daily Locomotive Driver

Yes Jibbo, I am worried about John Zaitseff's lack of further posting.

A pensioner can have a fine and very cheap time gadding about NSW via Countrylink. I have done a bit of it but would find two weeks of constant travel a bit much.
Rodo
He is alive and well but that is all I can or will put on here as I contacted him via his website.

Will leave the rest to him if he ever comes back to post his adventures.
  scoot Junior Train Controller

Location: Safety Bay, Western Australia
Hey guys, How far ahead should I book a seat if I wanted to give this a go. I'll be in Sydney in from June 10, 2015. Is it likely that any of these services will sell out? I'll be traveling 1st class where possible. What about planned track work. The N.S.W trains website is a little sparse on info there. Thanks,
Shane

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