A 50km double track rail tunnel has been proposed to bypass the steep and curve infested Blue Mountains, and bring the western plains closer to Sydney. Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of the Tesla electric car, has been asked to quote a price.
"What happens east of Penrith? Whatever trains come out of the tunnel have to join the Sydney Network traffic.... " ANROf course the IP was slow since it is a tourist train and isn't in a hurry to get anywhere and it isn't a Sydney train service and so doesn't get priority.
Which is a good point. The mountain's trains crawl between Penrith and Blacktown. It was comical watching the Indian Pacific on SBS the other night. They got stuck behind an all stops just like every other train. I could have walked to Parramatta faster.
That tunnel, if it gets dug, will be the longest in Australia, and, of course, accessible to double-decker trains.Musk's 'boring company' elsewhere has proposed small profile tunnels that transport small low profile electric 'sleds' that carry cars. Even those are largely 'vapourware', all that's being demonstrated is a short length of tunnel barely large enough to accommodate the few Tesla sedans they took the media for a ride through the tunnel in.
The proposal was to go up the Grose Valley (the Colo being well to the North of the Darling Causeway) and dated from the original search for a railway alignment across the Blue Mountains in the 1860s. Nothing to do with the Wolgan Valley Railway.Wasn't there a proposal about 100 years ago for a line to go up the Colo Valley and tunnel under Darling Causeway...
I think you'll find that system was actually built: here
"Conquering The Blue Mountains" by Mark Langdon and "To The Fertile Plains Beyond" originally written by C. C. Singleton and published long after his demise both refer to the attempts to find a route up the Grose Valley as part of the original surveys to find a way across the mountains.The proposal was to go up the Grose Valley (the Colo being well to the North of the Darling Causeway) and dated from the original search for a railway alignment across the Blue Mountains in the 1860s. Nothing to do with the Wolgan Valley Railway.