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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 6 (October 1, 1930)

Sydney to Melbourne

Sydney to Melbourne.

The overland trip to Melbourne is run in good time, the journey of some 570 miles taking only eighteen hours. The country is fairly level, with the exception of the line near Mossvale, about 100 miles out of Sydney, and the dividing range in Victoria. The Express carriages are chiefly of the corridor type, and are roomy and comfortable.

Albury, the border city, and a busy railway junction, is reached in the early morning, and after breakfast the “sleeper” is exchanged for an ordinary Victorian carriage—a vehicle of which any service might be proud. The run of five hours or so across Victoria is always enjoyable, abounding as it does with fine panoramic views, and those of prosperous settlements. A pleasant variation en route was the partaking of morning tea in a full car of over fifty passengers, the catering and service being excellent. The terminal station at Spencer Street appears unchanged. Its lengthy platforms, old type buildings, and well worn approaches, bear witness to the hundreds of thousands who had trodden through it in past years.