The Blue Mountains route links Lithgow in the central west of New South Wales with Sydney on the coast. This implementation covers the section from Lithgow to Penrith in Sydney's west. The route rises some 1100m (3600 ft) above sea level.
Traffic on this line is fairly heavy with coal/wheat/container freight trains (headed by up to 5 diesel locos because of the gradients).
Passenger traffic consists of inter-urban 4 and 8 car electric sets (which are kept overnight at the Mt Victoria yards). Along with suburban Tangara and S-sets held at Penrith. The Indian-Pacific tourist train also transits this line en-route from Sydney to Perth in Western Australia.
Prototype Operator: State Rail Authority of New South Wales and its successors
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