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
The final cost of the 1,682 km long railway was £6,667,360 compared with Dean’s figure of approximately £4million. Considering the large rise in the cost of materials and labour that occurred during the war, and the additional works involved, such as some ballasting and heavier rail, to have completed the works for the final cost was a remarkable achievement.
*To put that into today’s dollar terms £6,667,360 in 1917 is worth, allowing for a general average rate of inflation, approximately $616,584,200 today. To put that into perspective the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway cost $1.2 billion. The 1,420 kilometre railway included 6 major bridges, hundreds of minor bridges and culverts, 145,000 tonnes of rail and 2 million sleepers. Admittedly railway infrastructure today is greatly different compared to 1917 when the Trans was basically laid manually by hand on bare ground and the terrain was mainly flat.
* Author’s note – It is difficult to draw comparisons but the comparison is basically designed to reinforce the fact that the project was monumental for such a young nation.
Source: Engineers Australia and Reserve Bank of Australia
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