Trip report on the first Great Southern

 
  mflucas2 Beginner

Location: Melbourne
I was lucky enough to be on the first Great Southern from Adelaide to Brisbane a few years ago. Given we can't travel now I thought I'd share the article I wrote on it - I can not wait to get back on the rails!

https://trainreview.com/article/wow-what-a-trip-a-journey-on-the-inaugural-great-southern

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  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
".....passengers had to change trains here at Ararat in the middle of the night from a New South Wales train to a Victorian train......"
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
"The train’s passenger cars are operated by Journey Beyond, but it is hauled by Pacific National, meaning drivers and other staff are employed by PN, not Journey Beyond."

Not quite sure who he means by "other staff".
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
I'm pretty certain it's only the drivers and locos that are provided by PN.
  djukinX1016 Deputy Commissioner

Thanks for sharing sounds like a great journey and experience.
  mflucas2 Beginner

Location: Melbourne
That's an embarrassing typo! We went to the Grampians from Ararat, that should have said Albury!!!!! The other staff point was in my notes from taking to the train manager onboard - but I guess he was referring to ARTC staff who handle train control? In which case it shouldn't read "other staff" - thanks for the pickup!!! I've updated the article Smile
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Just as an aside - it demonstrates the old saying that it's impossible to proof-read your own writing. I know I've been picked up a few times, and it was obvious that I read what I expected to read rather than what I had actually written.

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