WE'VE got the shed for it, now all Orange needs is the train to have its own daily commuter rail service like the Bathurst Bullet.
But first a "number of practical issues and logistical problems" will have to be resolved, according to Member for Orange Andrew Gee.
Mr Gee said the idea of starting the Bathurst Bullet's morning run from Orange was "a good idea in theory", but the state of the track between Orange and Bathurst would be just one of the hurdles to overcome.
"In order to link in with the current [5:48 am] departure time from Bathurst any train departing Orange would have to leave at about 4.30am," he said.
"I'm happy to work through these issues with [Orange City] council as we all want better transport links to Sydney."
One potential, albeit more costly, solution would be for a second commuter rail service starting from Orange to run alongside the Bathurst Bullet and the XPT, according to Phil Stevenson.
He, along with fellow advocates to improve the rail linkages Cr Neil Jones and Dr Peter Bilenkij, met with Mr Gee recently.
If the scheduling was right, Mr Stevenson and Dr Bilenkij feel the second service could pick up passengers in Orange travelling to Sydney from further afield including Dubbo, Parkes and Cowra.
"You could have one that starts at a more civilised hour of 9am," Mr Stevenson said.
"That would give time for people from other places to filter into here."
With the Bathurst Bullet's current 5:48 am departure, passengers arrive at Central Station 9:25 am - meaning with a 9 am departure they would be unlikely to arrive before lunchtime.
But Mr Stevenson said the option would still benefit business people hoping to catch an afternoon meeting and older passengers who did not want to get up as early.
The council and the rail service advocates first step will be to push for better timetabling so the morning coach from Orange gets to Bathurst in time for the bullet.
The second move would be the "logical" step of stabling the train in Orange overnight rather than in Lithgow - cutting out the extra trip each morning when the empty train drives to Bathurst.
Mr Stevenson acknowledges making Orange the train's new home would require more investment including a rail siding and vandal-proofing measures for the existing shed.
But he believes the move would be worth it for the benefits in Orange including more jobs and the revival of the railway station.
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