The third installment of 50 Trains features rail action from New South Wales.
Pacific National is Australia’s largest private rail freight business. Operating in all states and the Northern Territory, Pacific National is a transport leader, delivering investment, innovation and growth in rail to provide the competitive answer for transport customers. Pacific National is fully owned by the Australian Stock Exchange listed entity Asciano.
QR National is the largest rail freight haulage business in Australia by tonnes hauled transporting 260 million tonnes of coal and freight a year. It is the largest transporter of coal in Australia and the world’s largest rail transporter of coal from mine to port for export markets.
As Australia’s largest private rail freight operator, SCT Logistics offers multi modal flexibility, together with the most efficient rail services in the country whichoffers intermodal services as well as maintaining its van freight handling concept, in addition to developing its own independent rail freight centres.
Genesee and Wyoming Australia:
Genesee and Wyoming Australia is an Australian rail freight operator based in Adelaide, South Australia. It is a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Genesee and Wyoming Inc based in the USA, and was formed in June 2006 to run the South Australian operations of the Australian Railroad Group (ARG) joint venture between Genesee and Wyoming Inc. and Wesfarmers following the dissolving of that joint venture (which also resulted in the Western Australian operations being acquired by QR National which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Queensland Rail).
GWA operates trains on broad (1600 mm), narrow (1067 mm) and standard (1435 mm) gauges throughout South Australia, along with standard gauge freight trains in the Northern Territory for Freightlink as well as into Victoria and southern New South Wales.
Major traffics include grain, steel, gypsum, and minerals over a 5,000 kilometre track network.
Travelling between the Indian and Pacific oceans, this truly is one of the world’s great train journeys.
Named after the two great oceans it joins and symbolised by the magnificent wedge-tailed eagle that so often soars above it, the mighty Indian Pacific traverses 4,352km (2,698 miles) between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney.
The Southern Sprit:
The Southern Spirit explores the sights and delights of Australia’s southeast.
From Adelaide, Australia’s wine capital and gateway to the Outback to the sophisticated southern city of Melbourne for a leisurely journey of up to 5 nights and 6 days to the final destination in sub-tropical Brisbane. Naturally if you’d prefer, the return route from Brisbane to Melbourne or Adelaide is equally impressive.
The Ghan is a passenger train operating between Adelaide, Alice Springs, and Darwin on the Adelaide-Darwin railway in Australia. Operated by Great Southern Railway and with locomotives provided by Pacific National, the entire journey takes 48 hours to travel the 2,979 kilometres (1,852 miles) and around half that (24 hours) to the mid-point at Alice Springs. The service’s name is an abbreviated version of its previous nickname The Afghan Express, unofficially bestowed on the “express passenger” service of the Commonwealth Railways in 1923, by one of its crews