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LesS

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Posted 09 Dec 2020 16:31 in New South Wales by LesS

There is a strong story that the share price rise is due to a prospective amalgamation of the WHC business with that of New Hope.

Even if true, it is not a basis for a stable and sustained share pr ...

From Roma Street to Yeerongpilly there are 3 tracks. The western most is dual gauge and bidirectional. It is this track that the XPT uses.

During the morning and afternoon peaks QR have difficulty i ...

I too smell a rat in this move. While we all should wish for lower particulate material and the like in exhausts, this should be economically achievable.

My suspicion is that the EPA environmentali ...

The Carlingford line has a 30 minute service frequency.

Two 4 car sets are deployed and the services cross between Rosehill and Parramatta Road. A 3rd set is held on standby most of the day.

I have recently returned from spending over a month travelling around the US including a lot on Amtrak.

In summary:  The food on board is disgusting.

I had sleepers on The Silver Star; The Cresc ...

My understanding is that the XPT power cars are worn out to the point of being sometimes beyond repair or beyond repair within the required timeframe.

The UK HST units have had a second engine repl ...

The XPL fleet in particular are worn out from excessive overuse. It is proving to be impossible to keep the power cars operational. Over recent weeks I have seen the departure of services to Melbourne ...

The Newcastle-Sydney timetable is 2 trains per hour on weekdays. Departure times from Newcastle are  not evenly spaced. On arrival in Sydney ask for a Central Coast timetable  and a Hunter Lines timet ...

The biggest mistake visitors make is to underestimate the distances involved in this country.

The Central Coast line (Sydney-Newcastle) is the busiest in the country. I travelled up to Maitland & b ...

Here are some easily accessible places when dependent on public transport.

Newcastle - Maitland. The best locations are at Beresfield station; from the platforms and overbridges. The coal trains ca ...

The trains on Sunday were fully booked. They were booked out well before the weekend. Many hundreds of visitors were unable to obtain seats on Sunday.

Several years ago travelling from Melbourne to Sydney a brat of a child continually misbehaved, making much noise and refusing entreaties from strangers to settle down. He was traveling with grandpare ...

Posted 02 Nov 2018 16:10 in Sydney Suburban by LesS

Olympic Park station has been given a change of name.

This morning the white on orange "Olympic Park" station names were all changed to a red on dark purple name "Repu-station"

I witnessed the c ...

It isn't.

The change is simply a timetable adjustment.

While the Richmonds run express; Redfern, Strathfield, Parramatta then all stops; the Penriths stop Strathfield, Lidcombe and all to Westmead ...

Posted 26 Oct 2018 16:54 in New South Wales by LesS

I cannot urge you strongly enough to change your booking to the day train.

The overnight train produces the worst experience for rail travel imaginable.

Out of Melbourne there is usually signifi ...

Lucky enough to get ride on B2 this morning. A short run from Sydenham to Central. There was a liberal presence of technophobe type executives.

This would seem to be the first revenue run.

Interior ...

Posted 05 Aug 2018 21:00 in New South Wales by LesS

The original plan was to construct from Sandy Hollow on the Merriwa line to MaryVale near Wellington transiting Gulgong on the way. This was planned to provide employment relief during the 1930's. Muc ...

The Sydney Trains website is gone for good. It went a few weeks ago. The planned date came and went but before long it went.

Some material disappeared from SydneyTrains website some time ago and it ...

Posted 19 Jun 2018 16:52 in Preservation and Tourist Railways by LesS

The withdrawal of 3642 has been long planned. It is due for a major overhaul. The last one was many years ago.

July 1st was planned as a farewell along with the introduction of 3526 to mainline ser ...

[quote][quote]The rails were lowered by 60cm. This is confirmed by several official references. The lowering was to allow the running of DD trains and to provide safe clearance for the movement of shi ...

[quote]Do not expect any information from the government until after the election.

The tunnels are a real problem. One can only guess at what that is.

When DD trains began running in 1978 there ...

That section of the old Port Melbourne line from the Yarra River to the commencement of the old right of way; particularly that on the northern side of Clarendon Street; has been repurposed as part of ...

In 1977/78 the tracks in the ten tunnels were lowered, from memory by 60cm, to allow the V sets to run to Lithgow. At the time the rails were laid in mass concrete. The cost ran to tens of millions of ...

[quote=Northern Flyer][quote]Nice story but the 110 bus does not run from Honeysuckle to the interchange so it is hardly surprising that you didn't see one. They run every 10 minutes along King Street ...

Over recent months it has been necessary for me to visit Newcastle on several occasions; each one via Wickham Station. The new order in the city is now firmly established.

On my most recent visit I ...

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