Laughable , tilts on the Illawarra gonna bring the speeds up big time . I remember asking the blow hards on the Tilt parked across the crossover at Sutherland years ago how they intended to get it from Syd to Melb in 3 hrs . Pathetic . The answer is called technology and money . More diesel power on a straighter alignments IS the answer .
1:30 1:40's don't stop freighters climbing Como Loftus Cowan Blue Mountains etc grades .
Low axle load capacity and line curvature are the greatest killers of time in this state - and just about everywhere else .
A trip down the Illa is slow past Waterfall because the curve speeds are low , not because the freighters lack power or dyno/pneumatic braking . Also slow because the all stations sparks get along at such a low average speed .
Not every freighter on the up is horsepower limited either , plenty of slow journeys because of curve speed or pathetic infrastructure constraints like at Waterfall and Meeks Road .
If we had better even steeper alignments and the operators had the chance to run faster and more often I think you'd see more power on freight trains . Could even be worth running extra crews and bank engines .
The operators should probably negotiate with Sydney Trains and have minimum performance standards if able to run in peak times .
And the inland route . Fat lot of good that's going to do for freight to/from the little NSW , Newy Sinn City and Gong Land .
Clap clap clap , congratulations for putting most of that freight on road where the Semis and B Doubles will kill people .
It doesn't matter , only the largest proportion of people in NSW (State) live there . I wonder if they think the economy winning , losing actually , freight world begins and ends in Melbourne and Brisbane . Completely bypasses them and their interests .
Double stacks aren't going to happen in the Sydney Metrop , not infrastructure cost effective . We don't have the axle load allowances and the wind sock factor costs a lot of performance .
Also lets not forget where much of this financial wind fall came from - poles and wires . The little blokes gone but the legacy remains .