At the risk of sounding like a broken gramophone, NSW Trains should dispense with XPT power cars and drop some pointy loco like an EL, RL or AN on either end of the trains with a power van in the mix. CAFs won't be on the rails for quite a while. Alternatively, get the Silver City comets out of museum duty in Sulphide Street and bring them into service. It is an example of luxury we don't get to see nowadays.What gives people the impression that there is a problem?
On the North Coast as I post, there are three XPTs, one on time, one 2 minutes late, one six minutes late.
The Southern line is closed for trackwork, but they generally show similar delay or lack therof.
The Silver City Comet, even if you could get spares for the obsolete Detroit 6/110 engines, couldn't run fast enough to keep to the table. Remember that the XPT power cars all got new engines from late 1999, so they are newer engines than the Explorers.
Well, you won't be seeing the all of the usual North Coast XPT trains this week, that's for sure.
The Grafton trains are cancelled for the first half of this week for 'essential maintenance'.
Some Melbourne trains today, in both directions ,are also bustituted for 'essential maintenance' (afte being grounded due to trackwork on the weekend). Canberra Xplorer trains running as normal.
There is a problem.11:41 Sydney to Grafton XPT alterations.UPDATED 1 Sep 21:39
Due to essential maintenance, this service is replaced by road coaches from for the entire journey.
On Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th of September.
NSW TrainLink apologises for the inconvenience.