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jedimasterc

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Sydney trains has been kind enough to put some virtual train trips on their facebook page. Enjoy

Woy Woy to Hornsby

South Coast line

Mount Victoria to Springwood
 
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Thank you for posting these.
Here is some info for UK railfans.

Woy Woy to Hornsby:
This is a section of the "Central Coast Line". The line covers the 100 miles from Sydney to the major industrial and Port city of Newcastle. Local railfans usually refer to it as "the short north". The long tunnel is Woy Woy Tunnel at 1 mile. From Hawkesbury River station there is a 5 mile climb at 1in30 to1in40 as far as Cowan. This is always punishing on trains and failures by freight trains continues to be far too frequent. The train featured appears to be the 7.39am departure commencing from Gosford. On the approach to Hornsby the train was crossed from the UP Main to the UP Loop. This leads directly into platform 1 and onto the North Shore line and avoids conflicting movements. The train continues to the city via the Harbour Bridge and city underground. The trainset is an 8 car H set. Mid journey our version of an HST set was passed. This was train NT33 Sydney to Casino with road connections to the Northern Rivers district, Gold Coast and Brisbane. The full run to Brisbane has always been a favourite of mine. It will arrive in Casino about 6.00pm.

South Coast:
This is from Kiama to Bomaderry. This is the station for the regional city of Nowra which is on the opposite bank of the Shoalhaven River. Kiama is 74 miles from Sydney and the end of the electrified line. The final 25 miles is served by 2car DMU sets. The high mounted yellow triangles are permanent distant signals.

Mt Victoria to Springwood:
This covers the high section of the Blue Mountains. The train is an 8 car V set which is too long for many of the platforms. At these it stops at the 8v stop boards. The service is the 6.45am departure from Mt Victoria and the video commences from one of the storage and reversal sidings at Mt Victoria. Mt Victoria is 3424ft above sea level. The station platforms once had large refreshment rooms and both platforms. The first floor on the down platform once provided accommodation. This are is now a museum. The video does not identify the stations. Here they are in order:
Mt Victoria, Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls. Bullaburra, Lawson, Hazelbrook, Woodford, Linden, Faulconbridge, Springwood.
At Medlow Bath a large white building is visible on the right of the screen. This is the Hydro Majestic Hotel. It is perched on the edge of the cliff with spectacular views over the Megalong Valley.
The line is fairly level to Katoomba and then is 1in30 descending all the way to Springwood. Driving skills are always very important on these services.
 

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Technically these are New South Wales Trainlink services as They are all outside the Sydney City rail network. Limits are Hornsby Waterfall and Emu Plains on those respective lines.
 

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Thank you for posting these.
Here is some info for UK railfans.

Woy Woy to Hornsby:
This is a section of the "Central Coast Line". The line covers the 100 miles from Sydney to the major industrial and Port city of Newcastle. Local railfans usually refer to it as "the short north". The long tunnel is Woy Woy Tunnel at 1 mile. From Hawkesbury River station there is a 5 mile climb at 1in30 to1in40 as far as Cowan. This is always punishing on trains and failures by freight trains continues to be far too frequent. The train featured appears to be the 7.39am departure commencing from Gosford. On the approach to Hornsby the train was crossed from the UP Main to the UP Loop. This leads directly into platform 1 and onto the North Shore line and avoids conflicting movements. The train continues to the city via the Harbour Bridge and city underground. The trainset is an 8 car H set. Mid journey our version of an HST set was passed. This was train NT33 Sydney to Casino with road connections to the Northern Rivers district, Gold Coast and Brisbane. The full run to Brisbane has always been a favourite of mine. It will arrive in Casino about 6.00pm.

South Coast:
This is from Kiama to Bomaderry. This is the station for the regional city of Nowra which is on the opposite bank of the Shoalhaven River. Kiama is 74 miles from Sydney and the end of the electrified line. The final 25 miles is served by 2car DMU sets. The high mounted yellow triangles are permanent distant signals.

Mt Victoria to Springwood:
This covers the high section of the Blue Mountains. The train is an 8 car V set which is too long for many of the platforms. At these it stops at the 8v stop boards. The service is the 6.45am departure from Mt Victoria and the video commences from one of the storage and reversal sidings at Mt Victoria. Mt Victoria is 3424ft above sea level. The station platforms once had large refreshment rooms and both platforms. The first floor on the down platform once provided accommodation. This are is now a museum. The video does not identify the stations. Here they are in order:
Mt Victoria, Blackheath, Medlow Bath, Katoomba, Leura, Wentworth Falls. Bullaburra, Lawson, Hazelbrook, Woodford, Linden, Faulconbridge, Springwood.
At Medlow Bath a large white building is visible on the right of the screen. This is the Hydro Majestic Hotel. It is perched on the edge of the cliff with spectacular views over the Megalong Valley.
The line is fairly level to Katoomba and then is 1in30 descending all the way to Springwood. Driving skills are always very important on these services.
Should add as well that anyone with a longing for Woodhead might find the Blue Mountains line a little comforting. Electrified at 1500vdc, with a ton of original 50s catenary well into the rusting process.

Gosford to Berowra is pretty useless as a main line, but a glorious run if you don't want to be anywhere quickly.
 

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Should add as well that anyone with a longing for Woodhead might find the Blue Mountains line a little comforting. Electrified at 1500vdc, with a ton of original 50s catenary well into the rusting process.
With the 46s around it pretty much was Woodhead :E
 

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Been to Katoomba , gets chilly up there in winter. The system around Sydney is vast. I did notice the old catenary.
 

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The old cantenary is in the process of being replaced. The bushfires accelerated replacement in certain sections of the track and even right at the start of the mt victoria line you can see new poles ready to replace the old stuff nearby.
 

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There's some work on the eastern side of Penrith Station also but I guess this could be for quadrification of St Marys to Penrith also?
 

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There's some work on the eastern side of Penrith Station also but I guess this could be for quadrification of St Marys to Penrith also?
Quadding of the line west to Penrith was started from Westmead in the 1940's but the project was shelved once the four tracks got to Seven Hills, it took another forty years to extend to St Marys. Westmead to Granville was the final (and hardest) section to quad as the track configuration had to go from Up/Down/Up/Down at Granville to Up/Up/Down/Down at Westmead.

When the line was electrified, the stauchions were were placed to accommodation the four tracks that never happened. There are also sections on the blue mountains that also have staunchions for four tracks. Loops were going to be put in place for overtaking movements until they discovered that 46's sped the freights up to a point where overtaking moves weren't needed.
 

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Quadding of the line west to Penrith was started from Westmead in the 1940's but the project was shelved once the four tracks got to Seven Hills, it took another forty years to extend to St Marys. Westmead to Granville was the final (and hardest) section to quad as the track configuration had to go from Up/Down/Up/Down at Granville to Up/Up/Down/Down at Westmead.

When the line was electrified, the stauchions were were placed to accommodation the four tracks that never happened. There are also sections on the blue mountains that also have staunchions for four tracks. Loops were going to be put in place for overtaking movements until they discovered that 46's sped the freights up to a point where overtaking moves weren't needed.
Oh wow - I always assumed that the oversized stanchions had their extra tracks removed. They never had them?

These are the ones I'm thinking of
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Penrith-St Marys is being Quarupled but no date has been set and its even more silly as they've just finished Kingswood Refurbishment. The next Daft decision was the New St Marys to Aerotropolis line there building
 

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That's correct, Woodford would have been planned but never built. At this location they would have been able to take advantage of the unused original single track alignment.
 
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