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Sure, travelling for business may send you to cool locations (or, you know, the middle of nowhere), but do it frequently enough and it’s bound to take a toll on your body and your mind. Much of this is due to the stressors that spring from being away from your family and routine, not having access to your usual comforts, trying to make it to the gate on time, dealing with road rage and flight delays, and losing an average seven hours of productivity each time you travel.
The last journey in my Extreme Commuting experiment to visit all the outer extremities of Sydney’s network sends me to Dungog. You’d never mistake that for a non-Australian place name. Plus: the lessons I’ve learned over a month of traversing Sydney’s train networks like a fake commuter.
The fourth stage in my Extreme Commuting challenge to visit all the outlying locations on the Sydney Trains network takes me to two cities in the south: Bomaderry (Nowra) via Kiama and Port Kembla. Services to these locations are much more frequent than some of the more remote places I’ve been visiting, yet what this trip overwhelmingly reminds me of is that when it comes to train lines in more remote locations, passengers are rarely the first priority.
Think Bathurst and you think Mount Panorama and bogans in hotted-up V8s. But Bathurst has a train station too, and a big issue in the 2011 NSW state election was demands from locals that a commuter service was added to the once-a-day Dubbo XPT service and occasional strange buses that already existed. So now there’s a train. But is anyone using it? I’m experimenting with extreme commuting all this week, so I had to find out.
It’s a sunny Friday afternoon and there are quite a few people waiting at Sydney Central for the 1602 Goulburn service, which is the next stage of my Extreme Commuting experiment. In fact, if you want to board this train, you don’t even need a ticket.