This thread has appeared to fall off the radar, so I am bringing it back. Any updates on the reliability of the NSW Country train services?
Yes, the Exploders and XPTs have had little respite over the years, so what is the Baird government's take on this?
It is unlikely that we will ever see any straight stretch of track being invested in the coming years outside of Sydney, especially if we keep knocking back Chinese investment
. Until it does happen, the current rolling stock will crap itself.
What about the X2000? Why not bring it back as an interim replacement to the XPT/Xpoilers (or whatever they're called these days)?
You could run an X2000 on a goat track, or through a cow paddock. This train did wonders for SJ. Why not introduce it here and shave a few minutes off an already long trip? Perhaps lease some surplus trains out of Sweden until the powers that be (whoever they are), work out how to run an effective and reliable long range pax train service? You could even get the Chinese to build new ones!
The reason why this has not become media beat up is because few people in Sydney are aware if the regional services are working or not. Sounds like the seat of Government needs to move from Sydney to Bourke (
). When a pax service cannot be run between the NSW state capital, and the national capital, the journos need to do their job and report it.
Sadly, many people coming to Sydney for health reasons may not be fit to fly the regional airlines. The only solution is to bundle them in a bus. Maybe there is an opportunity for say Uber - extra? Perhaps the long haul truckies can make additional income by retrofitting a small section of their livestock trailers with passenger seats. Heck, maybe they can run road trains....