A Silly Question about the Indian Pacific

 
  Voldemort Junior Train Controller

According to the timetable on their website, eastbound passengers on the Indian Pacific have the option of disembarking at Mt Victoria for a tour of the Blue Mountains en route to Sydney. Those who don't want to go on the tour can proceed directly to Sydney.

Just out of interest, how do those who go on the tour get conveyed to Sydney afterwards in the afternoon?

Is it

(1) on a portion of the Indian Pacific?
(2) on a CityRail train?
(3) on a bus?

Option (2) seems least plausible as I imagine they would have luggage. Or perhaps it will just be waiting for them from the morning at Sydney Central station.

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Not silly questions at all.
These questions have been asked before (a few weeks ago somewhere here on RP) following a GSR press release. The press release, of course, should have made all this clear but..............Rolling Eyes
As far as I know no-one could come up with an answer at the time but I am open to correction on that.
  M636C Minister for Railways

I think the press release implied that a chartered train would be used, which is unlikely.

A reserved vehicle on a V set is a possibility although it is some time since I've seen anything like that done...

A four car V set starting from Katoomba and running express is possible but would involve Sydney Trains organising it.

Peter
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Maybe they were looking at who might make such a booking, and then would sort the train out later?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Perhaps we should have tackled the GSR 'Mouth' and asked at the time..........................Idea
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
This was the thread.

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11396076.htm
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
This was the thread.

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11396076.htm
mikesyd
Thanks Mikesyd.
We didn't get an answer there either. Smile
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

The Blue Mountains off-train excursion is due to begin in April next year.
That gives them a bit of time to finalise the details.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Seems it is train from Katoomba, I would guess a normal CityRail one that originates from Katoomba at 13:14 and arrives Central at 15:14.

http://www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/trains/the-indian-pacific/off-train-excursions/blue-mountains

http://www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/fares-and-timetables/timetables/indian-pacific-timetables-2018-2019
  Colonel Leon Junior Train Controller

Location:
Well, I was thinking they would use a standard (non reserved, non special) V set service to Sydney, but on the second link provided above, at the bottom on the Perth - Sydney bit, it says 11:30 not joining Blue Mountains excursion and 3:15 if joined the Blue Mountains excursion.
So, perhaps they do get the Indian Pacific back.
  Clyde Goodwin2 Chief Train Controller

Well, I was thinking they would use a standard (non reserved, non special) V set service to Sydney, but on the second link provided above, at the bottom on the Perth - Sydney bit, it says 11:30 not joining Blue Mountains excursion and 3:15 if joined the Blue Mountains excursion.
So, perhaps they do get the Indian Pacific back.
Colonel Leon
Oh so they will run the Indian into Sydney back to Katoomba then Back to Sydney then Depart for Perth According to your post.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Would they consider using a railcar from the State mine or LVR?
  M636C Minister for Railways

I assume that if a regular V set departs from Katoomba, there would be plenty of seats available without requiring any form of reservation. I guess if they arrive a suitable time before departure, they would presumably be guided to the upper deck of a trailer car and it would be suggested to sit on the left side to get the best view descending the mountains. A guide might well accompany them. It occurs to me that arrangements could easily be made to serve them afternoon tea to enhance the journey, although that isn't indicated.

Peter
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
It just occured to me does the V set contura car still exist?

Would it have been suitable for the Indian Pacific charter? Didn't it have lounge chairs and catering facilities?
  apw5910 Chief Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
It just occured to me does the V set contura car still exist?

Would it have been suitable for the Indian Pacific charter? Didn't it have lounge chairs and catering facilities?
GeoffreyHansen
Pretty sure it was converted back to standard ages ago.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
How many people are doing this trip?
  NSWRcars Assistant Commissioner

It just occured to me does the V set contura car still exist?
GeoffreyHansen
The “Contura” car was converted back to standard seating in 2002, and remains in service as DET 9216; it uniquely has longitudinal seating in one end saloon.
15:15 into Sydney on a Wednesday is a standard V-set run.
As for number of passengers taking the tour, if it’s any indication, a few weeks ago I saw two tourist coaches carrying “Indian Pacific” signage arrive at Katoomba, together.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

maybe this is what the u boat cars that sets has will be used for.
  Throughwestmail Train Controller

It just occured to me does the V set contura car still exist?
The “Contura” car was converted back to standard seating in 2002, and remains in service as DET 9216; it uniquely has longitudinal seating in one end saloon.
15:15 into Sydney on a Wednesday is a standard V-set run.
As for number of passengers taking the tour, if it’s any indication, a few weeks ago I saw two tourist coaches carrying “Indian Pacific” signage arrive at Katoomba, together.
NSWRcars
It is a chartered 4 car V set that runs empty cars to Mt Victoria, empty cars to Katoomba and departs Katoomba following the terminator that departs Katoomba at 1315. It is a special charter train for GSR and is first stop Sydney Terminal.

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