In a rare form of unity I strongly agree that the DMU should be an all out all change at Lithgow to an express spark which also has its own connections with all stoppers at Katoomba and Penrith and what ever other station there is sufficient demand for those boarding west of Lithgow. An all stopper from Lithgow can follow the express.The XPT doesn't go in to the city in the morning like the bullet does. I still believe a more frequent local service between lithgow and bathurst or orange is a better option for a connection to the DD network for this area.Could this potentially provide a faster service to Sydney considering the better performance of EMU trains compared to DMU's? this could be especially true when the NIF arrives.
Should the stopping pattern be:
---change for electric service---
I would hope that any timed gained stopped at Tarana, Rydal, or Wallerawang would be saved back with the faster acceleration of an electric train.
Given that Lithgow is an island platform, changing trains should be relatively easy.
This would enable the DMU to spend its day doing shuttles in locations where it belongs, low density traffic without Overhead. Not running a 2 car diesel through to the city.
The same argument is used by the govt on the south main and south coast.
and yes, if the train starts at Bathurst then start the train from Bathurst, not pay for the train to be shuttle the train 65km twice a day from Lithgow. Its would be alot cheaper for the govt to pay for the drivers to be taxi'ed to Bathurst than the 1L/km/car for the train to run empty if they cannot base the drivers in Bathurst.