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The Daylight: A History Of Intercapital Daylight Rail Travel Between Melbourne And Sydney (Aans-77)
The Daylight: A History Of Intercapital Daylight Rail Travel Between Melbourne And Sydney (Aans-77)
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The Daylight: A History of Intercapital Daylight rail travel between Melbourne and Sydney (AANS-77)

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Product No.: AANS-77
Title: The Daylight: A History of Intercapital Daylight rail travel between Melbourne and Sydney
Author(s): Banger, Chris
Illustrator(s): N/A
Publisher: A.R.H.S (NSW Division)
ISBN: 9780987340818
Condition: New
Binding: Hard Cover
Dust Jacket: Yes
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Year: 2015

Features: 339 Pages with Colour and Black/White Photos.

The Inter-Capital Daylight was a passenger train that operated between Australia's two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne from March 1956 until August 1991. Until April 1962 the line between Sydney and Albury was of a different gauges to that between Albury and Melbourne, requiring passengers to change trains. On 26 March 1956 the New South Wales Government Railways and Victorian Railways introduced connecting daytime services named the Sydney - Melbourne (Melbourne - Sydney) Daylight Express. From Sydney a three times per week service was introduced, returning from Albury the following day.

From Melbourne a three times per week non-stop service operated in the morning, returning in the evening. From 24 September 1956 both were extended to operate daily Monday to Saturday. Total journey time between the capitals was 13 hours 20 minutes. The New South Wales train consisted of a 42 class locomotive hauling a nine carriage air-conditioned RUB set. The Victorian portion had a B class locomotive hauling eight air-conditioned S and Z carriages including the round-ended car ex Spirit of Progress, formerly known as Parlor car and renamed to Lounge car but later Club car, attached to the rear.Following the completion of the standard gauge to Melbourne, the New South Wales train was extended to Melbourne from 16 April 1962.

Named Inter-Capital Daylight, the train was formed of a nine carriage New South Wales Government Railways RUB set later extended to eleven carriages. The trains were initially hauled by New South Wales 44 class and the Victorian S class locomotives. During the 1970s the 422 class became the rostered power in New South Wales while the X class shared the Victorian duties with the S class. A typical consist in the late 1980's would be Locomotive-HFZ-VFK-VFK-ABS, or Locomotive-RS-BDS-SDS-SDS, with either a PHN or PHS power van attached. From 1982 through working was introduced with the 422 class rostered to operate the services throughout.

Class 442s occasionally operated the service in the mid 1980s during the time they were permitted to operate in Victoria. Other mainline locomotives were regularly used. Following a ban being placed by the Victorian branch of the Australian Federated Union of Enginemen on non-air-conditioned locomotives in Victoria, from February 1990 the service was rostered for 81 class and G class locomotives.[3] The superior power of these locomotives was negated by them being limited to 100 km/h (vs 115 km/h) in Victoria due to the condition of the track. By this stage the journey time was 12 hours 30 minutes. The train length varied from 7 to 13 carriages, with V/Line Z type carriages also appearing from February 1990.[3][4]

A motorail facility was introduced in October 1987 but due to low loadings withdrawn in 1990 on the train. Since mid-1990 the State Rail Authority and V/Line had been discussing the replacement of the stock with an XPT from 1993. However with deregulation of the Australian airline industry, patronage dropped to around 30%. A decision was made to cancel the service with the last service operating on 31 August 1991. Appropriately the last services were hauled in New South Wales by 44 class 4458/27 on the Melbourne bound service and 4465/69 on the Sydney bound service, while X class X37 handled the Victorian duties. Chris Banger was born in April 1960 in Dandenong, Victoria and grew up in the Melbourne suburbs of Noble Park and Dandenong North.

He has worked within the Victorian railway industry since 1984 after graduating from Monash University with an Economics Degree.He has had a number of articles published in Newsrail and Australian Railway History since the mid-1980's covering a variety of topics. Most of his articles have focused on Victoria, although he has written articles related to the New South Wales and South Australian railway systems.


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