Wednesday, April 21, the Indian Pacific from Perth has been tabled for a consist of 35 cars.
The train will arrive Clyde at 1115 hours and proceed to Clyde Up Yards to divide to Form 1145 (26 cars) and 1211 hours (9 cars) to Sydney Terminal.
The return Service departs Sydney Terminal at 1335 (26 cars) and 1405 hours (9 cars) to Clyde Up Yards to attach to Form 1519 hours to Perth.
Did this actually happen after all? It seems an absurd way to treat paying customers (and I fully understand the limitations of Sydney Yard in coping with such an absurdly long train):
"Ladies and Gentlemen, we do hope you have enjoyed your journey across Australia on our famous train. After 3 exciting days aboard, we will shortly arrive at Sydney Terminal, but before we do so, we have decided, for our own operational convenience, to treat you to a one hour detention in the scenic delights of Clyde Yard."
Even worse, for the journey west:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard our spectacular journey across Australia. As we depart Sydney, you can shortly look forward to the first scenic wonders to be seen from your windows as we climb the Blue Mountains. Before we enjoy that however, let's just sit in Clyde Yard for and hour and a half to savour its glorious natural and man-made beauty..."
It makes me glad to recall that I had the good fortune to travel on the IP in the 1970s, '80s and '90s before this kind of insanity prevailed. We nevertheless did manage, as part of a school party travelling to Broken Hill in 1975, to have the Down IP specially stopped to pick up our group at Granville. That was however at the station, not in Clyde yard, and only for 4 or 5 minutes!