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The XPT Train Overview

  • The XPT train

The XPT and other trains and coaches carry almost two million passengers every year to over 365 destinations in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Southern Queensland and Victoria. Introduced to service in 1982 the XPT, short for "express passenger train", travels between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Dubbo, Grafton and Casino.  Its aerodynamic design and trademark "nose" make a distinctive impression as it cruises through the countryside.

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.

XPTs are serviced and washed at a special center where necessary maintenance is carried out. Even the windows are blow-dried on the way through. The service center recycles rinse water as wash water which is then discharged with other runoff through a treatment plant before being used again.

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