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NSW TrainLink

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Background
Locale Sydney Metropolitan Area
Regional New South Wales
Intercity services
Interstate Services
Transit type Intercity and regional rail
Website www.nswtrainlink.info
Operation
Began operation 1 July 2013 (as NSW TrainLink)
Operator(s) Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW)
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
standard gauge
Electrification 1500V (DC) overhead line

NSW TrainLink is an Australian train operator. It is owned by the Government of New South Wales as a subsidiary of Transport for New South Wales. It operates some rail services within Sydney as well as all New South Wales passenger rail services outside of metropolitan Sydney and interstate to Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. [1][2]

HistoryEdit

In May 2012 the Minister for Transport announced a restructure of RailCorp.[3][4][5][6]

NSW TrainLink commenced operations on 1 July 2013 taking over all of CountryLink's services and CityRail's intercity services from Sydney to Newcastle, Lithgow, Goulburn and Kiama as well as services from Newcastle to Dungog and Scone, and from Kiama to Bomaderry.

NSW TrainLink also took responsibility from RailCorp for granting access to and maintaining the Main Northern line from Berowra to Newcastle, the Main Western line from Emu Plains to Bowenfels and the South Coast line from Waterfall to Bomaderry.

RailCorp remaining function is primarily as custodian of railway real estate, infrastructure and trains.[7]

NetworkEdit

NSW TrainLink operates passenger services throughout New South Wales and interstate to Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne.

North CoastEdit

The North Coast region covers the North Coast, Northern Rivers and South-East Queensland regions. Accordingly the Government of Queensland makes a contribution to the provision of these services. North Coast region services appear on the network map in red. Services run along the Main North and North Coast lines from Sydney Central station to Roma Street station in Brisbane.[8]

Principal stations served by XPT trains are:

Cities and towns served by NSW TrainLink coaches connecting off North Coast services include: Tea Gardens, Forster, Port Macquarie, Yamba, Moree, Lismore, Alstonville, Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay, Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Surfers Paradise.

North WesternEdit

The North Western region covers the state's Hunter, Northern Tablelands and North West regions. North Western region services appear on the network map in orange. Services run along the Main North line from Sydney Central station to Werris Creek where the service divides for Armidale and Moree.[9]

Principal stations served by Xplorer trains are:

Cities and towns served by NSW TrainLink coaches connecting off North Western services include: Wee Waa, Inverell, Grafton, Glen Innes and Tenterfield.

WesternEdit

The Western region covers the Central Tablelands and Western regions. Western region services appear on the network map in yellow. Services run along the Main Western line from Sydney Central station to Dubbo and the Broken Hill line to Broken Hill.[10]

Principal stations served by XPT trains are:

Principal stations served by Xplorer trains are:

Cities and towns served by NSW TrainLink coaches connecting off Southern services include: Oberon, Mudgee, Baradine, Cowra, Grenfell, Forbes, Parkes, Condobolin, Lightning Ridge Brewarrina, Bourke, Warren and Broken Hill.

SouthernEdit

The Southern region covers the state's Illawarra, South Coast, Snowy Mountains, South West Slopes, Southern Tablelands, Riverina and Sunraysia regions plus the Australian Capital Territory and parts of Victoria. Accordingly the Government of Victoria (though not the ACT Government) makes a contribution to the provision of these services. Southern region services appear on the network map in green. Services run along the Main South from Sydney Central station to Albury before continuing on the North East line to Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, with the line to Canberra branching off south of Goulburn and the line to Griffith at Junee.[11]

Principal stations served by XPT trains are:

Principal stations served by Xplorer trains are:

Cities and towns served by NSW TrainLink coaches connecting off Southern services include: Wollongong, Bombala, Eden, Tumbarumba, Bathurst, Dubbo, Condobolin, Griffith, Mildura and Echuca.

Rolling stockEdit

The NSW TrainLink fleet consists of XPT (19 power cars and 60 carriages) and Xplorers (23 carriages) inherited from CountryLink and V set electric (circa 200 carriages), Endeavour diesel railcars (28 carriages) and Hunter diesel railcars (14 carriages) inherited from CityRail. It also uses Sydney Trains' Tangara and Oscars on some services.

Road coachesEdit

The Public Transport Commission first introduced coaches in September 1975 when introduced to replace all train services out of Dubbo. Coaches replaced many branch line rail services over the next few years and by 1987 the State Rail Authority had 36 coaches operating throughout the state.[12]

CountryLink adopted the model used by V/Line in Victoria and contracted out the provision of these services to private operators, with services transferring to the successful bidders between November 1989 and June 1990.[13] CityRail also operated buses on services where the railway lines had closed.

The full list of coach operators providing services as at July 2013 are:

OperatorServices
Australia Wide CoachesLithgow to Bathurst, Orange, Grenfell & Parkes
BuswaysWauchope to Port Macquarie
Edwards CoachesArmidale to Tenterfield
Greyhound AustraliaLithgow to Gulgong, Coonabarabran & Baradine
Hunter Valley BusesFassifern to Toronto
Lowder & SonsNarrabri to Wee Waa & Burren Junction
Makehams CoachesWagga Wagga to Griffith
Wagga Wagga/Cootamundra to Tumbarumba
Cootamundra to Queanbeyan
Cootamundra to Mildura
Oberon Bus CompanyMount Victoria to Oberon
Ogden’s CoachesLithgow to Dubbo & Nyngan
Bathurst/Dubbo to Cootamudra
Dubbo to Lightning Ridge, Bourke & Broken Hill
Picton CoachesPicton to Bowral
Port Stephens CoachesNewcastle to Taree
PurtillsWagga Wagga/Albury to Echuca
RoadcoachWollongong to Moss Vale
Moss Vale to Goulburn
Sunstate CoachesGrafton to Byron Bay
Casino to Tweed Heads
Casino to Surfers Paradise
Casino to Brisbane
Symes CoachesTamworth/Armidale to Inverell
Moree to Grafton
Transborder ExpressCanberra to Bombala & Eden
Western Road LinersParkes to Condobolin

ReferencesEdit

  1. Annual Report 30 June 2012 RailCorp
  2. About the Reform NSW Trains
  3. "RailCorp job cuts first of many: unions" Sydney Morning Herald 15 May 2012
  4. "Ruthless RailCorp reforms planned as middle management axed" Daily Telegraph 15 May 2012
  5. Corporate Plan 2012/13 RailCorp
  6. 700 jobs to go as RailCorp gets the axe Daily Telegraph 16 November 2012
  7. Frequently Asked Questions RailCorp June 2013
  8. CountryLink North Coast timetable CountryLink 11 October 2009
  9. CountryLink North Western timetable CountryLink 11 October 2009
  10. CountryLink Western timetable CountryLink 23 October 2011
  11. CountryLink Southern timetable CountryLink 11 October 2009
  12. "State Rail Coach Services - The Vehicles" Australian Bus Panorama 9/3 October 1993
  13. "Coach Services of the New South Wales State Rail Authority" Australian Bus Panorama 9/2 September 1993

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