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The Indian Pacific will cut down its passenger services through Broken Hill for an extended period due to fluctuating tourist demand.
Russell Westmoreland, the interim CEO of Great Southern Rail, says the company is trying to work around a challenging market amid a strong Australian dollar and evolving new travel patterns.
Mr Westmoreland says whilst it is normal for the service to be cut back through January and February, that will now be extended into March.
"We would normally be running two services per week in March, we've now decided that we should only be running one," he said.
"What we've found is in March there is less demand than there is later in the year and in the current competitive environment what we need to do is make sure we're operating as efficiently as we can."
St Pat's Race Club says it is already feeling the effects of those cutbacks and the annual race meeting could be severely impacted by a lessening of train services.
Secretary Cheryl Krutely says she has already heard of cancellations because race patrons cannot travel when they need to and she will be lobbying hard to have the full service returned.
"I think it's going to affect our patronage from South Australia, from what I understand from a lot of our customers they do come up on the Indian Pacific, come up on the Thursday, go back on the Sunday," she said.
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