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The rail-line between Broken Hill and Whyalla will be able to carry heavier trains more efficiently now a $300 million upgrade is complete.
Work on upgrading the track to 60kg a metre rail on the 700km track started three years ago.
It should make the ride smoother for Indian-Pacific passengers.
Australian Rail Track Corporation chief executive John Fullerton says the upgrade will also reduce maintenance and operating costs for trains.
"The major purpose of the upgrade is to create a more efficient track structure," he said.
"The track from Whyalla to NSW is used to carry steel products from the steelworks in Whyalla.
"The upgrading of the track means we can carry heavier loads of steel and that's a more efficient method of transport which is good for the industry."
Mr Fullerton says rail carries 80 per cent of freight between Sydney and Perth.
"From Parkes to Perth we can double-stack trains, so we can put one container on top of another one, so this whole rail replacement program is all about replacing rail that's been there for a long time with heavier duty rail that will be there for years to come supporting a very healthy rail industry," he said.
Work has now started on upgrading the line between Port Augusta and Tarcoola.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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