Blayney, Milthorpe, Orange daily service

 
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

How many times will the NSW Govt announce the XPT replacement or the V-Set Replacement? It sounds like a platform announcement for a late running train, playing over and over again like a broken gramophone.... only to be followed up by a cancellation notice.....

... if the tram fiasco is anything to go on....
ANR

the v set replacement is under construction by ugl and their korean partners. the new regional rolling stock order just needs a decision on using either edi or CAF.

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  ANR Assistant Commissioner

Could stops at Newbridge, George's Plains or Perthville be readded in the future? With Bathurst ever expanding outward, I can see these rural areas built up somewhat with housing estates if it was permitted.
  a6et Minister for Railways

Could stops at Newbridge, George's Plains or Perthville be readded in the future? With Bathurst ever expanding outward, I can see these rural areas built up somewhat with housing estates if it was permitted.
ANR
Newbridge would be the only place to come close to providing any passengers, Perthville and Georges Plains no hope owing to their size.

It will be many years before Bathurst expands in that direction, besides the farmlands out that way are very much vital in production of crops including fodder such as Lucerne.
  neillfarmer Chief Train Controller

Not much at Newbridge either.
  a6et Minister for Railways

Not much at Newbridge either.
neillfarmer
That's true.

While I am all for providing services to rural communities, there is a limit to how many can be provided though. With Blayney fairly close if they chose to use rail, then its not that far really.

I travel on the NCL XPT fairly often, and there are several stations up there between Nambucca Heads that a B type stops where the train drops off booked seat ticket holders and picks any up, even Sawtell does not get many on or off, likewise Nambucca
  neillfarmer Chief Train Controller

Yep, in steam days I walked the track from Blayney to Newbridge photographing anything that came along. If I can walk it surely the pensioners of that little hamlet could drive it?
  ANR Assistant Commissioner

It would probably be a tragedy if these places were built up like Bathurst's newer neighborhoods which lack trees and charm of the older pockets. They are an eyesore from Mount Panorama.

Maybe these stations can be revived for local tourism in some way and become a destination in their own right. e.g. steam train weekends, or even stops/pick up points on XPT or XPL pax when required.

The stations are already there....
  ANR Assistant Commissioner

With the loops going in as was mentioned previously, there will be more capacity to run additional daily pax services and tourist trains.

https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/5700379/kept-in-the-loop-as-rail-project-progresses-south-of-bathurst/
  a6et Minister for Railways

It would probably be a tragedy if these places were built up like Bathurst's newer neighborhoods which lack trees and charm of the older pockets. They are an eyesore from Mount Panorama.

Maybe these stations can be revived for local tourism in some way and become a destination in their own right. e.g. steam train weekends, or even stops/pick up points on XPT or XPL pax when required.

The stations are already there....
ANR
Firstly, the old station at Perthville is gone.  Georges PLains station is still there and could be used if the need arose, I understand it has historical significance and has/had a local historical tourist scty like group that used the building. With the new loop being put in place certainly return trips from Bx would work, but part of the enjoyment for passengers would be the climb to Wimbledon, but with push pull operations these days they can reverse from there anyway, although they would be restricted in speed owing to the tender first running.

I agree with you re the treeless landscape in housing estates. Thing is what you see out around Mt Panorama and across to the eastern range is that is all farmland that produces a lot of Lucerne and hay, also probably some vegetable farms still operate there as well, something that is needed.  I see no reason in this day and age for rural towns/cities to have those pocky little blocks of land when 800--1000sgm blocks should be the norm as it allows play room for the kids and owners can plant trees for shade and the environment.

Thing is in this modern age the main play and exercise most kids get these days is on their thumbs machines.
  ANR Assistant Commissioner

So Milthorpe will become an on request stop.

Does this resolve the problem? If someone makes a request or booking, then the train will stop.

Is this the station that had the track removed adjacent to the platform? I may be thinking about a different station....

Looks like they will undertake remedial action as far as the station goes.

https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/millthorpe-station
  theanimal Chief Commissioner

So Milthorpe will become an on request stop.

Does this resolve the problem? If someone makes a request or booking, then the train will stop.

Is this the station that had the track removed adjacent to the platform? I may be thinking about a different station....

Looks like they will undertake remedial action as far as the station goes.

https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/millthorpe-station
ANR
The track was slewed away from the platform, makes it a lot easier for mechanised track machines to operate. They did the same thing at Molong.

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