Outback Xplorer

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Outback Xplorer
Xplorer Goulburn 2012-03-18 02.jpg
CountryLink Xplorer in Goulburn
in March 2012
Service type Passenger train
Status Operational
First service March 1996
Current operator(s) NSW TrainLink
Start Sydney
End Broken Hill
Distance travelled 1,125 kilometres
Average journey time 13 hours
Service frequency weekly
Line(s) used Main Western
Broken Hill
Rolling stock Xplorer

The Outback Xplorer is an Australian passenger train operated by NSW TrainLink between Sydney and Broken Hill via the Main Western line.


CountryLink commenced operating the service in March 1996 honouring a commitment by the Carr State Government to reintroduce a rail service to Broken Hill which had lost its rail service when the Silver City Comet was replaced by a road coach service in November 1989.[1] Although not its official name, it is known as the Outback Express.

It was initially formed of 1940s vintage locomotive hauled HUB/RUB carriages.[2] In April 2000 the service ceased due to the condition of the carriages.[3]

After a short break the service resumed with Xplorer railcars. Today it operates to Broken Hill on Mondays, returning on Tuesdays.[4]


  1. ^ "The Official Last Comet" Railway Digest February 1990 page 55
  2. ^ "Countrylink's 'new' Daylight Express cars" Railway Digest February 1996 page 40
  3. ^ "CountryLink Loco-Hauled Services Cancelled" Railway Digest May 2000 page 7
  4. ^ "Western timetable" (PDF). NSW Trainlink. 26 November 2017.