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The number of Ghan and Indian Pacific train services will be cut because of falling passenger numbers.
Beginning in April, the Adelaide to Darwin train will make one instead of the usual two journeys per week during the off-peak season.
Operator Great Southern Rail says that period will also be extended from five months to nine.
The company says the number of carriages will be doubled to accommodate the same number of passengers.
Spokesman Russell Westmoreland says a tougher tourism market has forced the changes.
"We can still take the same number of people to Darwin and to Alice Springs, it's just that we're operating the services once per week rather than twice per week," he said.
"We've changed our schedule starting from April so the first affected service will leave Adelaide on the fourth of April and we'll see a reduction from two services a week to one service a week during April and May and again in September and part of October. "
Great Southern Rail's operations have steadily declined since 2006 and passenger numbers have dropped by 5 per cent this year.
Passengers affected by the changes will be offered refunds or other services.
The frequency of the Indian Pacific service between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney has also been reduced.
It will remain on its one-journey-a-week schedule for two months longer than usual.
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