Steamrail Weekender to Maldon Victoria (July 31st to August 2nd)
Vietnam Tour - Travelling by private train on the legendary Reunification Express
QPSR Troop Train
Stunning views on a retro rail trip
Garratt coming to Southern States in 2015
The Outer Circle Line comes to ACMI Melbourne
Australasian Rail Industry Awards Website launched & Dates announced
Geelong & Ballarat Rail 150 – April 2012
Rail Revival Alliance to meet with Louise Staley Member for Ripon
Trans-Australian Passenger Train
The Trans-Australian Express Passenger train ran between Port Augusta (and later from Port Pirie) and Kalgoorlie. It began in 1917 (sometimes under the name of the Transcontinental or East West Express) and was eventually cancelled in 1991 by the Commonwealth Railways successor organisation Australian National following severely reduced patronage and major cut backs in the frequency of the service. Initially it was all sleeping class with only irregular sit-up passenger accommodation being provided. In the 1960s regular sit-up carriages was incorporated, but this was eventually withdrawn. Sit-up was again introduced in 1981 when it was added to the Trans-Australian and Indian Pacific services.
The Indian Pacific had its inaugural run on the 23rd February 1970 when the first through passenger service operated between Sydney and Perth. The standard gauge line had actually been completed by 12th January 1970. All carriages were owned by the Commonwealth Railways, but were considered joint rollingstock of the Commonwealth, South Australian, Western Australian and New South Wales Railways for maintenance and costing purposes.
Passengers for Adelaide initially had to change trains at Port Pirie until the service was re-rerouted into Adelaide and the Keswick Passenger terminal on the 17th of August 1986.
The Indian Pacific, run by Great Southern Rail since privatisation in 1997, remains a world class transcontinental passenger train known worldwide for its high level of service and widely diversified scenic beauty throughout the journey across the continent.
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