Red class passenger to from Darwin

 
  Daryl Junior Train Controller

Location: Carrum Downs
Probably been asked before, is there a sitting only service on The Ghan which is not advertised?

Or is it sleepers only?

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  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Sitting up ("Red Class") was cancelled a few years ago by GSR.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
That's the thing. Even before the line was extended to Darwin, The Ghan has been a premium grade tourist experience. The last time it was even slightly close to being a conventional public transport service was in the late 1970s when it last ran on the old route which went through a few towns and hamlets.

For decades people have known that if you want to get to Alice Springs or Darwin cheaply, get a flight on a low service discount airline like Tiger or Cattle-Star or, if you want to travel there slowly and uncomfortably sitting up the whole way, then get a bus.

Essentially the part of the public transport market that wants to travel by rail is so miniscule that it makes no sense to serve it when aeroplanes are so vastly cheaper than any rail service could ever be. However there ARE people prepared to fork out for a premium tourist experience on a train. So quite sensibly, GSR caters to the market that does exist and is prepared to pay for the big cost of operating the service.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Red class was ended by GSR 30th June last year after the pensioner subsidies ended.

I do regret not doing the Darwin end of the line.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: no longer in Sydney
Red class was ended by GSR 30th June last year after the pensioner subsidies ended.

I do regret not doing the Darwin end of the line.
GeoffreyHansen
I still rue the day that I passed up on the chance to ride the OLD Ghan in 1979 - was one of the great rail experiences then.
  Daryl Junior Train Controller

Location: Carrum Downs
Thanks for your replies, fortunately I did travel on the old NG Ghan in 1979.
I have never travelled on the SG so I'll have to save my bikkies for the sleeper service.

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