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Old April 17th, 2010, 01:27 PM   #3641
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Brisbane Public Transport (Part II)

Originally Posted by marki View Post
Sounds great. I'm keen to try them, do they expect crowds?

Its good to train electric train drivers to upgrade to the newer steam trains as part of the modernisation of Citytrain. I'd like to see them on the Gold Coast line, they can be just as fast as some modern trains, and could operate to both Coolangatta and Southport stations.
Something I would dearly love to see one day, but it is very unlikely - steam doesn't get above 80kph on the QR network I believe due to safety constraints and the line south of Beenleigh is operating at 130-140kph.

At very least, I would argue it is becoming increasingly easier to do if they ever wanted to, because:
- the end of line arrangements at Varsity Lakes are much more suited to running a locomotive around a consist than at Robina previously; and
- Coomera to Helensvale duplication will minimise delays in that section of the line.

Perhaps one Sunday every 2 years or so, they could afford to either just close the line for a few hours at a time each direction or simply run a few IMUs wrong-road to get around it.

Very keen to hop on one of the services between say Central and Chelmer and back during one of my lunch hours this week.
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