I reached a personal landmark today on my travels. After several journeys by various modes of travel, on the 50th day since I left London, I was making my final journey aboard an inter-city train to Sydney. As I had arrived at Melbourne aboard an overnight journey, I wanted to savour the return leg during the daytime.
The good news for fellow travellers in cyber space is that this account is short. MD dropped me to Glen Waverley station for an hour long ride into Southern Cross to connect with CountryLink's XPT service departing at 8:30am. I was due to arrive in Sydney around 8:00pm that evening.
The journey was quiet and comfortable. About the only thing to report is that the journey was also being covered by a travel reporter for a travelogue for great rail journeys of the world. She was on an all-expenses paid trip all the way from England, travelling first class to cover the journey. I was doing the same, travelling economy, purely through a passion for the experience and a desire to capture it as a personal record.
On arrival in the Sydney suburbs, I left at Strathfield to connect to the Sydney Metro for the short ride to Epping where Cheesedrummer was collecting me. I had come across something earlier that travellers arriving on a CountryLink train in Sydney are entitled to a free connection on Sydney's Metro to their final destination. However, there was no one either at Strathfield or Epping to check and make sure. Travellers at Epping Station need a ticket to feed the turnstiles for exit; my XPT paper ticket was not good enough for that. A commuter at Epping immediately understood my quandary; he mumbled something about absent station attendants being the bane of his life. He had a solution and prompty fed his season ticket through and tailgated me through. I was outta there.
Cheesedrummer was waiting for me and we made the short journey to Cherrybrook for the customary cuppa and chat. The You Tube clip on the journey is titled Melbourne to Sydney by XPT. My thanks to Blind Hot Gems for the soundtrack.
This article is part of a series of my travelog in India and Australia at the beginning of this year. The series is tagged Intrepid Traveller; click the link if you want to go back to earlier accounts.