Daylight XPT Melbourne to Sydney

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Based on the British HST hauling Budd passenger trailers, the Australian built XPTs entered service on NSW country services in 1982. In 1993, they replaced locomotive hauled services between Sydney and Melbourne. In September 2018, we had the opportunity to ride the Northbound Daylight, the 0830 Melbourne to Sydney XPT. The train takes eleven and a half hours to cover the 960km (600 miles) between the two state capitals. This epic journey takes in sprawling city suburbs and sleepy country towns. Crossing the Great Dividing Range twice, we see the rugged moors of the Southern Highlands and acres of agricultural land, where brightly coloured canola fields (rapeseed oil) abound. The train makes 17 intermediate stops, including the original break-of-gauge station at Aldbury where, until 1962, we would have had to change train from the Victorian broad gauge to a standard gauge NSW service. The sleepy station at Yass Junction holds an unexpected secret. Each day, a bus connects with the Daylight XPT to carry passengers onward to Canberra, the Capital City of Australia. It's quicker to take the 1 hour bus journey than to carry on to Goulburn and catch a Southbound train along the Canberra branch.

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