Train services resume to Blue Mountains
Limited train services will resume from next week on the Blue Mountains Line between Mount Victoria and Lithgow.
Sydney Trains engineers have been working to rebuild the systems that will allow safe operation of a limited number of freight trains from Monday evening and passenger trains from Tuesday 21 January.
Central West and Western NSW customers also need to be aware that due to the severe extent of the bushfire damage along the corridor, it will take several months to completely rebuild large amounts of infrastructure.
NSW TrainLink and freight services have been suspended since bushfires caused major damage to around 25km of rail corridor between 19 and 23 December 2019.
Sydney Trains’ crews continue to clear the corridor of dangerous obstacles, and are working to replace hundreds of kilometres of communication, electrical and signal wiring. A temporary working system has been developed to allow limited services to resume, but restoring a full service will take some time due to the extent of the damage.
From Tuesday 21 January, the following services will operate; Sydney to Dubbo and return will run Tuesday to Sunday with a replacement coach running on Monday, the Broken Hill to Sydney service will run from Sydney on Monday and return Tuesday.
The first Bathurst Bullet Service will run Monday to Sunday, while the second Bathurst Bullet will be replaced by coach. Some of these services will run on altered timetables.
Monday to Friday the first Bathurst Bullet service will depart Bathurst at 5.46am and return from Sydney at 5.47pm.
On weekends the first Bathurst Bullet service will depart Bathurst at 6.07am and return from Sydney at 5.51pmMonday through to Sunday the second Bathurst Bullet service will be replace by coach between Bathurst and Mount Victoria.
On Monday a replacement coach will run from Sydney to Dubbo and return. Leaving Central at 6.30am and returning from Dubbo at 1.45pm
Tuesday through to Sunday the XPT will depart Central at 6.18am.Tuesday to Sunday the XPT from Dubbo to Sydney will depart 2.45pm.
On Monday the XPLORER train will travel from Sydney to Broken Hill, leaving Central at 5.03am.
This service will travel via Cootamundra on January 20 and resume the normal path via the Blue Mountains thereafter.On Tuesday the XPLORER train will travel from Broken Hill to Sydney leaving at 7.45am