World's Newest Railway

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Woodie, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member


    Today marks the opening of the longest north/south railway in the world. Adelaide to Darwin. The first train left Adelaide about an hour ago. :) I'll find some piccies too. :)

    Click chere and click here
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Woodie I knew when you moved you would have more room for a bigger layout, I never dreamed it would be that big!!!!!! :D :p :D
  3. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    You can catch the train from Sydney too.

    Leave Sydney 2:55pm Saturday afternoon arrive Darwin 4pm Tuesday afternoon.

    fares & timetable

    on this


    and should swee freight like this on the line. (bit hard to find pics of trains on a line that just opened!!)

  4. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    I believe this is the loco they are using for the first freight service.

    Done out in "indigenous" livery.



    Yep. I've got heaps of room now. :thumb: I have a 9 car set of The Ghan, so I'll need the straight stretches to match the prototype. :)

    (This isn't mine, but the real thing). :)

  5. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    I'll say it's new, alright!!
    By the date on that newspaper, it came out tomorrow:D :D :D :D

    Thanx, Woodie, that would be one awesome train ride to take wouldn't it??
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    History in the making eh Woodie. I used to think that the train ride from Capetown to Johannesburg was a long north south line. Around 1000 miles
  7. Nscale4

    Nscale4 Member

    Now that is one long frieght train! :eek:
  8. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Fantastic Woodie! Thanks for the news report and pictures!
  9. billk

    billk Active Member

  10. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    Great pictures Woodie and I'm glad to see it is now up and running. I read quite a lot about it when I was in OZ last May and June. All I could get my wife to do trainwise then was to humor me and ride the XPT from Melbourne to Sydney. That was just a short run of about 11 hours. Looked into riding from Cairns to Brisbane, but as I recall that was two and a half days:) :)

    Anyway, good on ya mate.

  11. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member

    and the loco that was going to haul it is called the "Steve Irwin". I think they dropped that just recently, as you would probably be aware of his recent antics.

    click here and here andhere

    As you can see by the date on the articles, he isn't that popular here, even before the feeding the crocodile babies for breakfast incident.

    He has always been considered a "dork", let alone after his latest antics.

    He's about as typically Australian as Gerry Lewis is typically American.

  12. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member

    Actually Woodie, some folks around the world think Michael Jackson is more typically American than Jerry Lewis.
    :D :D :thumb: :thumb:

  13. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Please don't confuse the real Jerry Lewis with the part he plays in movies. The real Jerry Lewis is a nice normal man with a low voice. Michael Jackson is weird though. We need to deport him to Greece. All you non-americans need to know is most of us Americans are a cross between John Wayne and Rambo. :D :D :D DASH
  14. billk

    billk Active Member

    Why Greece?
  15. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Oh, I don't know, it's just a name I pulled out of my hinney. DASH;)
  16. billk

    billk Active Member

    Wll, I'm reporting you to the GDL (Grecian Defamation League)!
  17. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Ok, please tell them I love their formula 16. DASH
  18. Bob Collins

    Bob Collins Active Member


    I checked out the fares on the Ghan and is seem to cost a wee bit more than what I paid to ride the XPT. I wonder if they'll get the ridership on it that they have enjoyed on the Indian Pacific over the years?

  19. Woodie

    Woodie Active Member


    Supposedly sold $16 million in presales tickets, and the Ghan through to Darwin don't start till Feb 1st. Not bad for a passenger service that runs once a week!! :cool:

    Still can't find any piccies of the first Adelaide - Darwin train!!! :curse: :mad:
  20. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Dash. Speak for yourself:confused: :confused: :wave: :thumb:

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