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OUR rail plan for NSW

Patched

We all know that, heading into the NSW state election on Saturday, transport should be a concern for voters. For those who have good services, they should be concerned about future proofing them, for those with poor services, lobbying to get them, or keep what is left, and for those on train lines all over the state, we’d like better tracks that aren’t held together with Christmas stickytape, like my running repairs on this junction yesterday.

goods trains

Goods trains are of course a huge player on the regional lines – with the issue of coal trains letting all alone the lines breathe the dust from uncovered coal cars being discussed regularly in the news, at least for those in Mayfield and Waratah where there’s no keeping those damn windowsills clean!

Watchful eye

Our astute shadow transport minister, and mini me, also independantly discovered the problems with making a new series of tunnels that are smaller than ALL of your current rolling stock so that you have one set of “metro” trains that means many more people standing for a 40 minute journey, and no potential to EVER run the higher capacity double-decker trains from the rest of the network.

Use the correct size of tunnel for your trains

Fortunately we were able to resolve this issue with a little re-jigging of the path after one incident with the bridge.

Grand plans

We’ve already completed the “under table rail link” and construction was underway to join the two fiddly loops with a shuttle train.

Tunnels

It appears also that Minister Ez is a fan of heavy rail where heavy rail should be, and no overlap with buses and cars – buses on the rail routes were quickly removed from service. Her or the highway – buses will not replace trains in her world.

choo choo
Choo Choo!

What would you change about your local public transport?

To Bowral

Bowral Station sign

Went on a bit of an adventure (or epic journey) on Monday to go to Bowral for a job interview.

Train Ticket Bowral
ZOMG check it out, it’s a paper ticket!

Reasoning with myself that the $8.60 in train fare was about half of what the TOLL ROADS would cost me to get there, let alone petrol and having to stay awake for the journey, I got to Fassifern before 6am for the three trains there and three trains back.

Trainlink NSW purple train carriages to Newcastle

Settled in for a nap on the first leg, hoping all my connections would line up – which they did! Including the revelation that “Panania” is a place, and that people get excited to be getting on diesel trains, especially oldies on their excursion tickets who ignore the “quiet carriage” signage.

NSW Trainlink Cityrail diesel train at Bowral station

The interview was a couple of kilometres walk from the station, but as you see my feet were prepared (with heels to slip into on arrival!)

Daffodils Bowral

Springtime has certainly hit! With the gardens and wildflowers (weeds! and wanderers!) blooming

Daffodils Bowral

Wild flower bowral

flow bowral

red flower bowral

I got a tad pink from the sun, but it was lovely to be out :)

train board bowral clock

I had a latish lunch at Janecks Cafe and Bar

Courgette and Haloumi Breakfast fritters

Courgette and Haloumi fritters (all day breakfast menu – $17) and a lovely local Riesling!

All fuel for the epic journey home…

Janeks Cafe and bar
4/14 Wingecarribee St Bowral NSW 2576
(02) 4861 4414

Kicking and Screaming

liam on the train

I went down to Westmead Children’s Hospital today for Liam’s annual review.

A long day all around, with bribes of chocolate and Kinder Surprise eggs only taking so much edge off the tears and the kicks when we made him undress for assessment, or held him down for the x-rays. Because that’s what you do to three year olds to check how they’re going.

*sigh*

But at least we had a fun time on the train?

Not Thrown

Lotsa things thrown at me today that COULD have completely thrown me, had I been in a throwable state of mind.

Like forgetting to check train times BEFORE I went to sleep.

The fact that my psychologist had miscounted my number of sessions, and couldn’t get the Medicare rebate for the one today.

Which meant I didn’t have enough in my account to pay for the scripts I’d dropped into the chemist before the session.

So I transferred money across.

But my maths was bad, so it was $5 short,

But I had $5 in my pocket! Yay!

Made the first train by 3 mins.

Then the one at Central by the same margin.

(as everyone else was getting out of the last four carriages and into the first four)

[and as I have to retype this as the draft didn’t save]

to be stopped at Epping, with a tree over the tracks.

Helping all the confused people around me understand that we were now going to catch a train to Chatswood. Then another to Hornsby.

Where we’d get on a train to Newcastle.

Some were all over confused by it all.

But I pushed through today.

Now to Newie, and to hug the birthday boy!

*smiles*

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