Yep we got rid of that "strange" state of Queensland!Wow! Australia must have shrunk a lot since I last visited.
Does anyone know of a well-detailed lengthy Australian Route (preferably end to end with about an hours driving time) where I could run the Indian Pacific or the Ghan?
End to end? With just an hours driving time? That would be a track length of about 3000 km for the Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin and even longer, some 4352 kilometres for the Indian Pacific going east to west in about 3 days travelling time. Now how many base boards would that be if a baseboard is less than a square km (I think about 750m square each). Work it out for yourself
I know the AN Class locomotives, when they where used on these routes could do 150 km top speed (providing the track would stand up to that speed, reallisticly to only around 110 km or so top speed limited). This would make it without stopping 20 hours plus just for the Ghan to go end to end on full throttle for one journey.
Mind you, the texturing of the whole route would be a bit simpler as the scenery does not change very much once outside the populated areas, except getting greener as one travels towards Darwin on the Ghan during Darwin's wet season.
One will also have the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world across the Nullarbor on the Indian Pacific, some 478 km (yes, fourhundred seventy eight km) totally straight railway tracks.
This information is just in case one does not know what it entails to build a route like this. :wave:
Since you are referencing the Trans Australia Railway as a train (not the railway itself), are you sure you don't mean the loco and carriages that were used to form The Trans-Australian train, which just ran an identical timetable between Port Augusta (or was it Port Pirie) & Kalgoorlie?I was also lucky to travel several times on the old Trans Australia Railway, which of course is now the Indian Pacific. Ah the memories :udrool:
Did you? Travel on the Indian Pacific?
I was lucky to travel 3 times in the 1970s on the old Ghan with its 2 different track guages, where we had to change trains in Odnadatta to go from one guage to the other. In those days the Ghan only went as far as to Alice Springs, where I used to live for 10 years or so.
I was also lucky to travel several times on the old Trans Australia Railway, which of course is now the Indian Pacific. Ah the memories :udrool:
Originally posted by Red_Rattler
Almost any Australian route will do, as the Indian Pacific/The Ghan have travelled from Brisbane to Perth via Melbourne & Adelaide (or Port Pirie if before standard gauge to Adelaide.