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The ACT government has stoked up the tension with NSW over the slow train from Canberra to Sydney with the Chief Minister urging his big neighbour to drag its railway lines "out of the 19th century".
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared herself a convert to the cause of high speed rail in Australia, reversing her previous scepticism of high speed rail.
But Andrew Barr, whose Labor territory government is a long-term champion of high speed trains linking the east coast capitals, said a good start would be for NSW to "drag itself" into the 21st century with some track work and new trains on the neglected Canberra to Sydney link.
The NSW government confirmed to Fairfax this week that new trains and upgrades were planned for the route, but long suffering passengers must wait until the 2020s.
Hendrika and John Van Dijk of Rivett waiting to board the train from Canberra to Sydney on Sunday morning. Photo: Rohan ThomsonRail has long been the poor cousin of transport options between the national capital and Sydney, with services currently running just three-times-a-day and taking about four hours to complete the journey, if the train runs on time.
The location of Canberra's station has also been seen as a drawback for the rail option, tucked away in a quiet corner of Kingston, next to Fyshwick and much of the track between the two cities has not been upgraded in decades.
On Sunday the station was busy with passengers arriving and getting ready to leave. Some, with kids in tow, were on the train for the adventure.
This article first appeared on www.canberratimes.com.au
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