First the family drove five hours to the in-laws' home in Sydney for Christmas. Then the boys and I travelled from Sydney on the XPT to the NSW mid-north coast for a beachside holiday with my mum and her husband. My partner had to return home to work.
The train trip was good fun. The boys enjoyed it and for me it was much more relaxing than driving. On the way back we even got our our own three-seat cabin which became a twin sleeper.
I was a little daunted at usuing public transport with XY3 and XY7 to manage by myself. XY3 can be quite loud and challenging at times. He was really good on the trip out of Sydney but was more of a problem when we had the cabin - perhaps he realised he needed to be well behaved when we in amongst other passengers but could be his feral self when contained in a cabin!
It certainly added and extra element of interest to the holiday. I'd certainly hop aboard the XPT again some time. The only drawback was the coffee - it was certainly something you'd only try once.