Delivery, test runs and demonstration runs
The first two vehicles, power car XP2000 and trailer XF2200, were
completed on 23/8/81. The following are builder's photos taken on the
day the two vehicles were completed.
Cab of XP2000.
XF2200 at the Comeng Granville factory.
Interior of XF2200.
First test run with XP2000, XF2200 and MHN2364.
A tour train was arranged to show off the new train before pre-service
testing commenced. The tour train consisted of XP2000, XF2200, XF2201 and
MHN2364. The MHN was a Southern Aurora guards van painted
to match the new carriages.
Locations visited were:
A new Australian speed record of 183km/h was set between Table Top and
Gerogery on 6/9/81.
- 5/9/81: Wollongong, Thirroul, Picton, Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale,
Goulburn, Junee, Wagga Wagga
- 6/9/81: Albury, Table Top, Gerogery, Culcairn, Henty, Yerong Creek,
The Rock, Uranquinty, Wagga Wagga, Narranderra, Leeton, Griffith, Junee
- 7/9/81: Cootamundra, Harden, Yass Junction, Tarago, Bungendore,
Canberra, Queanbeyan, Sydney
- 8/9/81: Katoomba, Mount Victoria, Lithgow, Bathurst, Blayney, Orange,
Stuart Town, Wellington, Geurie, Dubbo
- 9/9/81: Binnaway, Dunedoo, Gulgong, Mudgee, Rylstone, Portland,
- 12/9/81: Chatswood, Hornsby, Woy Woy, Gosford, Wyong, Newcastle
- 13/9/81: Maitland, Werris Creek, Tenterfield
- 14/9/81: Glen Innes, Armidale, Uralla, Kentucky, Walcha Road,
Woolbrook, Kootingal, Nemingha, Tamworth
- 15/9/81: Werris Creek, Quirindi, Willow Tree, Murrurindi, Scone,
Muswelbrook, Singleton, Newcastle
- 16/9/81: Dungog, Stroud Road, Gloucester, Mount George, Wingham,
Taree, Kendall, Wauchope, Kempsey, Macksville, Grafton
- 17/9/81: Casino, Lismore, Bangalow, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby,
- 18/9/81: Glenreagh, Coffs Harbour, Raleigh, Nambucca Heads, Kempsey,
Johns River, Taree, Dungog, Sydney
Early SRA promotional brochure.
Another test run of a full set, including the first use of an XPT buffet
car, ran from Sydney to Taree and return on 29/1/82.
Tractive effort curve of 2+5 set. The lower lines indicate
the power required to maintain the balancing speed in
various gradiants. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger image.
The entire first batch of vehicles had been delivered by October 1982.
All XPT vehicles were given the prefix X in their coding. P indicated a
power car, B indicated first class seats, F indicated economy class
seats, R indicated the buffet and H indicated a guard's compartment.
Vehicle delivery dates and original power car names are as follows:
XP2000 27/ 8/81 City of Maitland
XP2001 20/10/81 City of Dubbo
XP2002 22/12/81 City of Armidale
XP2003 9/ 2/82 City of Taree
XP2004 22/ 2/82 City of Kempsey
XP2005 23/ 4/82 City of Newcastle
XP2006 29/ 5/82 City of Wagga Wagga
XP2007 2/ 7/82 City of Albury
XP2008 20/ 8/82 City of Goulburn
XP2009 3/10/82 City of Canberra
XBH2102 3/ 4/82
XBH2103 20/ 8/82
XBR2151 21/ 3/82
XBR2152 24/ 5/82
XBR2153 13/ 8/82
XF2200 27/ 8/81
XF2201 4 /9/81
XF2204 8/ 1/82
XF2205 29/ 1/82
XF2206 5/ 3/82
XF2207 16/ 4/82
XF2208 24/ 4/82
XF2209 29/ 5/82
XF2210 9/ 6/82
XF2211 11/ 7/82
Despite the class distinction, it was announced on 4/3/82 that the XPT
would be all one class. Passengers would pay the first class fare plus a
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