In 1995, Countrylink hired three X2000 tilt train cars from the Swedish State Railways (SJ) for testing and a trial public service to determine their suitablility for use in New South Wales.
Prior to the set being used, a test train ran over much of the Countrylink network to test clearances. The "Echidna" profile test car was modified to the same profile as the X2000 cars.
|8612 hauling profile test train at Como, 13/2/95||The "Echidna" at Sutherland, 13/2/95|
|Cab of 2520UA2X at Meeks Road depot||Nose of SJ2520UA2X at Meeks Road|
XP2000 and XP2009 were modified to run the service. They were fitted with much stiffer suspension, especially on the trailing end. This was to support the extra weight of a motor-generator set in the compressor room and stop the power car from tilting the wrong way at high speeds around corners. The power cars do not have a tilting mechanism, but the modifications prevented them from tilting away from the curve as the X2000 trailers tilted into it. The power cars were also repainted into a special livery of dark blue with a sky blue nose. The words "Countrylink X2000" were added to the sides in white.
The three car tilt set was fitted with through multiple unit cables for the power cars. These cables were run along the roof. The power cars were also fitted with control gear to turn the tilt mechanism on and off, operate damper switches and start the generator sets. This control box was mounted on the dashboard to the left of the driver.
SJ1 SJ1 SJ3 SJ3 M-F Sa-Su M-F Sa-Su Sydney 06:45 06:47 14:45 14:47 Campbelltown 07:19u 07:21u 15:21u 15:21u Moss Vale - - 16:16 16:16 Goulburn 08:57 08:57 16:59 16:59 Canberra 10:10 10:10 18:10 18:10 SJ2 SJ4 Daily Daily Canberra 10:45 18:30 Goulburn 11:53 19:38 Moss Vale 12:36 - Campbelltown 13:33d 21:19d Sydney 14:08 21:58
|SJ1 at Campbelltown||SJ1 at Tahmoor|
Passengers were offered First Class (at the regular First Class fare) and Premier Class (higher than First Class).