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Sydney terminal today.

Postby boronia » Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:29 pm

There is a short window of time around 0700, when there are FIVE XPTs and an XPL tabled to occupy Platforms 1-6; this window is only about 5 minutes, so a late arrival can easily spoil it.

This weekend the Elvis Festival at Parkes has consumed the Dubbo XPT set for a few days, replaced by 3 car XPL.

This morning the UP Casino XPT was on time, so I was very fortunate to be able to capture four XPTs and two XPLs neatly lined up.
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Yesterday, both XPL sets occupied Platform 6.
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Re: Sydney terminal today.

Postby burrumbus » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:26 pm

Great shot Boronia.
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Re: Sydney terminal today.

Postby Linto63 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:39 am

Nice shot, anybody seeing this would think that NSW had a fully functioning regional passenger train network rather than the tokenistic one that we really have.
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Re: Sydney terminal today.

Postby Xplorer » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:47 pm

Both XPL sets occupied platform 6?! Was there such a shortage of available platforms?
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Re: Sydney terminal today.

Postby boronia » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:10 am

Yes, there was a big occupancy by suburban sets due to the cancellations.
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Re: Sydney terminal today.

Postby Swift » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:18 pm

Linto63 wrote:Nice shot, anybody seeing this would think that NSW had a fully functioning regional passenger train network rather than the tokenistic one that we really have.

Hence five measly minutes.
Four XPTs represents eight Paxman powered ends. I hope this isn't the whole fleet!
After viewing driver's view YouTube videos of England's superior version, it will be a shame when they are retired, despite being repressed by our operating conditions.
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Re: Sydney terminal today.

Postby boronia » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:31 pm

This was taken a few years ago, with the 5 XPTs
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Re: Sydney terminal today.

Postby boronia » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:18 pm

Swift wrote:
Linto63 wrote:Nice shot, anybody seeing this would think that NSW had a fully functioning regional passenger train network rather than the tokenistic one that we really have.

Hence five measly minutes.
Four XPTs represents eight Paxman powered ends. I hope this isn't the whole fleet!
After viewing driver's view YouTube videos of England's superior version, it will be a shame when they are retired, despite being repressed by our operating conditions.

There are 18 XP power cars.
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Re: Sydney terminal today.

Postby Swift » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:54 am

That shot reminds me of a line up of TGVs at Gare du Nord. That makes it tragically ironic.
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Postby Nugget » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:13 am

Swift wrote:That shot reminds me of a line up of TGVs at Gare du Nord. That makes it tragically ironic.


Any French (or European train station) - There's a shot of London Waterloo when Eurostar used to go there with the whole bunch of intercity and suburban trains.
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Re: Sydney terminal today.

Postby Swift » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:52 pm

The paintwork is very clever at disguising their age.
Are they having trouble keeping the old ten pots going?
I have a feeling their replacements won't look as sleek as these 1982 sportstrains.
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Re: Sydney terminal today.

Postby boronia » Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:17 pm

I remember seeing a railway promotional sketch poster quite a few years ago that depicted a V set with an XPT nose.
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Postby Swift » Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:07 pm

It would be nice of they could wrap one in their original State Rail livery in 2022 - to mark their 40th anniversary. The hype they generated was palpable at the time of their introduction.
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