This week on Train Talk Tuesday, we will be looking the the XPT (short for Express Passenger Train) that passengers catch on many of the intercity and interstate rail routes.
The XPT was introduced to service in 1982 and travels out of Sydney to Melbourne, Brisbane, Dubbo, Grafton and Casino. These services all run at least on a daily basis with some routes having multiple daily services where demand warrants. All services are operated by NSWTrainLink
The XPT power car features a Paxman VP185 12-cylinder, turbo-charged diesel electric engine boasting 1492 kW or 2000 horsepower. There’s a power car at each end of the train, one pulling and the other pushing.
There are 3 traveling classes on XPT trains. Sleeping Class with large seats converting into beds and private toilet and shower facilities, First Class and Economy Class.
The XPT is depoted and maintained at a depot in Sydenham. The entire train is washed with recycled water and then blow dried at least once every 3 weeks.