Magnificent views, a warm and friendly atmosphere, and a journey in comfort are all trademarks of traveling with CountryLink. When you board one of the XPTs or XPLORER you can be confident that your trip with one of the world's best rail fleets will be an experience to remember. Through huge windows, the panorama and drama of the Australian landscape will unfold before you. Once aboard, the most you'll have to do is decide which snacks, meals or refreshments you'd like to enjoy. Our on-board crews are trained to help make your journey an enjoyable one, so don't hesitate to ask them for any assistance. CountryLink is proud to show you the wonders of New South Wales, Brisbane and Melbourne and wishes you a very special journey. Now sit back, relax and share the CountryLink XPT/XPLORER experience.
The CountryLink XPT (Xpress Passenger Train) was first introduced to New South Wales in 1982. In 1993, brand new carriages were delivered and the existing carriages were completely refurbished with new seats, carpet and curtains. The CountryLink XPT travels from Sydney to Brisbane, Melbourne, Dubbo and Grafton. Based on British Rail's Intercity 125, the CountryLink XPTs were built in Australia and have been adapted to Australian conditions.
On 18 Sept. 1992 at Culcairn, north of Albury, New South Wales, the CountryLink XPT set a new speed record of 193 km/h. Its maximum operating speed is 160 km/h.
The CountryLink XPLORER is proud to show you the wonders of New South Wales and wishes you a very special journey. Now sit back, relax and share the CountryLink XPLORER experience.
The first CountryLink XPLORER set sail in October 1993 bound for Tamworth. Now the fleet links Sydney with Tamworth, Armidale, Moree, Broken Hill and Australia's national capital, Canberra.
Built in Victoria, Australia, the XPLORER's use technology proven in both Australian and European rail service. Whisper quiet and environmentally friendly, CountryLink XPLORER's can separate and run as two, three or five car sets. Click here for more information