XPT

XP2004 leads WT27 Down Dubbo XPT approaching Medlow Bath, 25 January 2014.

Road numbers:

XAM 2175–82, XBR2150–8, XF2200–24, XFH2104–10, XFH2112–13,  XL2228–32, XL2233–6, XP2000–18

 

Operator:

NSW TrainLink

 

Gauge:

1435 mm

 

Year of entry into service:

1982

 

Number built:

19 power cars; 60 passenger carriages

 

Manufacturer:

Commonwealth Engineering (XP2000–14, XF2200–24, XFH2104–10, XFH2112–13, XBR2150–8, XL2233–6); ASEA Brown Boveri (XP2015–18, XAM 2175–82, XL2228–32)

 

Manufacturing location:

Granville, NSW (XP2000–14, XF2200–24, XFH2104–10, XFH2112–13, XBR2150–8, XL2233–6); Dandenong, Victoria (XP2015–18, XAM 2175–82, XL2228–32)

 

Engine:

Paxman VP185 12-cylinder diesel

 

Traction power:

1492 kW

 

Weight:

76.0 t (XP: Power car); 40.1 t (XF: Economy class car; XFH: Economy class and luggage car; XL: Commonwealth Engineering-built first class car); 39.6 t (XL: ABB-built first class car); 43.6 t (XBR: First class car with buffet); 48.3 t (XAM: Sleeping car)

 

Length:

17.3 m (XP: Power car); 24.2 m (XF: Economy class car; XFH: Economy class and luggage car; XL: first class car; XBR: First class car with buffet; XAM: Sleeping car)

 

Seats:

68 (XF: Economy class car); 44 (XFH: Economy class and luggage car); 56 (XL: First class car); 21 (XBR: First class car with buffet); 27 sitting or 18 sleeping (XAM: Sleeping car)

The XPT entered service in 1982 and was based on British Rail’s High Speed Train. When introduced they were the fastest trains in Australia. Each set consists of two power cars, one at each end of the train, and from four to seven passenger carriages, although eight carriages have been used on occasions. They operate between Sydney and Melbourne, Dubbo, Grafton, Casino and Brisbane. Their maximum speed in regular service is 160 km/h but they have recorded speeds up to 193 km/h in trials. The New South Wales Government is investigating new trains to replace the XPTs.