Officers spend 12 hours on train watching schoolies

IT MAY be the only train ride more stressful than the Midnight Express.

New South Wales officers spent more than 12 hours on a train from Sydney to Byron Bay to keep a close eye on hundreds of schoolies.

The 360 excitable teenagers were joined by six Police Transport Command Officers, leaving Central Station at 4.15pm and arriving in Casino at 4.30am.

Schoolies were reportedly well-behaved with only a 40-year-old man being given a ticket after being caught allegedly drinking alcohol at Taree Railway Station.

The officers will be performing patrols in Byron Bay, particularly where public transport is involved, for the next five days.

They will return to Sydney using the same train service later this week. Police Transport Command North Central Sector Commander Superintendent Darren Bennett said the operation had been a success.

"Police will continue to target anti-social and criminal behaviour on trains and around rail infrastructure,"

Superintendent Bennett said.

"Officers will continue high profile and covert operations across the public transport network.

"Be aware that the person sitting next to you may be a police officer."

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