Trackwork 8/9/10 this month NCLE and Hunter line

 
  a6et Minister for Railways

I notice the usual shutdown of the CC and Hunter lines are again on this coming June Long Weekend, it directly affects all the passenger trains on the two lines but the XPL is running North of Muswellbrook.

What of coal and freight services are they also affected and out of action on the weekend?

Reason I am asking is I have a friend coming up and wants to do a bit of Gunzelling on the way to QLD.

Thanks in advance

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  craigfitz1 Train Controller

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 the car......not going to sit on a trackwork bus all that way unless I really have to.

By the way, I have seen regular State Transit buses used on the trackwork run, all the way from Sydney to Newcastle. A very unattractive proposition.


Will this be the way things are to be for another ten years? Another twenty?

Yes, obviously maintenance needs to be done, but why does this part of the network get this treatment on this date year after year?

So much for any folk from the Central Coast, the Hunter etc coming down for Vivid over the weekend...the idea of sitting in a bus is not an appealing option for lots of folk.

Oh well, that's the way it goes.
  a6et Minister for Railways

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 the car......not going to sit on a trackwork bus all that way unless I really have to.

By the way, I have seen regular State Transit buses used on the trackwork run, all the way from Sydney to Newcastle. A very unattractive proposition.


Will this be the way things are to be for another ten years? Another twenty?

Yes, obviously maintenance needs to be done, but why does this part of the network get this treatment on this date year after year?

So much for any folk from the Central Coast, the Hunter etc coming down for Vivid over the weekend...the idea of sitting in a bus is not an appealing option for lots of folk.

Oh well, that's the way it goes.
craigfitz1
There was a break of the shut down not that many years back, which was the first and only time I had seen it.

Certainly it affected,, but only to a point the Epping Model Railway exh at the brickwords as it had poor parking at the facility and without trains, getting there often meant getting the vintage buses from Epping or Hornsby.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

The coach services normally leave from Hornsby during that weekend and from what I recall none of them are Sydney buses but coach services.

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