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Fresh from the launch of the new Indian Pacific livery on 24th September, NR 28 hauls the Indian Pacific out of Perth (through Maylands) on Wednesday, 28th September 2005.
Fresh from the launch of the new Indian Pacific livery on 24th September, NR 28 hauls the Indian Pacific out of Perth (through Maylands) on Wednesday, 28th September 2005.
Indian Pacific train through suburban Perth, 2005.

The Indian Pacific is a passenger rail service running between Perth and Sydney, Australia. It was started in 1970 after the railway line between Sydney and Perth had all been converted to standard gauge. It covers 4352 kilometres, passes through three states and travels along the world's longest straight stretch of railway track. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1940x1457, 1598 KB) Summary Fresh from the launch of the new Indian Pacific livery on 24th September, NR 28 hauls the Indian Pacific out of Perth (through Maylands) on Wednesday, 28th September 2005. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1940x1457, 1598 KB) Summary Fresh from the launch of the new Indian Pacific livery on 24th September, NR 28 hauls the Indian Pacific out of Perth (through Maylands) on Wednesday, 28th September 2005. ... Perth is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Western Australia, and is the fourth largest city in Australia, with a population of approximately 1. ... Transperth Maylands Train Station Maylands is a suburb approximately 5 kilometres north-east of Perth located on the shore of the Swan River. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3040x2014, 1654 KB) Summary Photo taken (25th Dec 2005) and supplied by Nachoman-au. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3040x2014, 1654 KB) Summary Photo taken (25th Dec 2005) and supplied by Nachoman-au. ... Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... Perth is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Western Australia, and is the fourth largest city in Australia, with a population of approximately 1. ... The Sydney Opera House is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, and since its opening it has become an international symbol of Sydney Sydney (pronounced ) is the state capital of New South Wales, located on the east coast of Australia. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer) (symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ...

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Route

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The route leaves East Perth Station and travels east to Kalgoorlie. This section was built as narrow gauge, and even when it was converted to standard gauge in 1968 there was a change of locomotives and train crew at Kalgoorlie from Westrail crew to Australian National Railways. Image File history File links Indian_pacific_map. ... Image File history File links Indian_pacific_map. ... East Perth Train Station is a Transperth train station 1. ... Kalgoorlie is a Western Australian city located about 600 km east of Perth. ... Narrow-gauge railways are railroads (railways) with track spaced at less than the standard gauge of 4 ft 8 in (1. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... A locomotive (from Latin loco motivus) is a railway vehicle that provides the motive power for a train, and has no payload capacity of its own; its sole purpose is to move the train along the tracks. ... Western Australia’s public rail service had its origins in 1877 as the Department of Works and Railways. ... The Australian National Railways Commission (ANRC) was established by the Whitlam Government in 1975, incorporating the former Commonwealth Railways, the former Tasmanian Government Railways and the non-urban railways of South Australia. ...


From there it continues east across the Nullarbor Plain on the Trans-Australian Railway to Port Augusta. This railway was built as standard gauge, completed in 1917 as part of the promises made to Western Australia on federation in 1901. The section includes the longest straight stretch of railway track in the world (479 km) around Cook. When it was built, there was a break-of-gauge at both ends. NASA - Visible Earth, Nullarbor. ... Looking east on the Trans-Australia Railway from Cook, South Australia The Trans-Australian Railway crosses the Nullarbor Plain from Port Augusta in South Australia to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and contains the longest straight stretch of track in the world. ... Port Augusta (32°29′ S 137°46′ E, population 15,250) is a town in South Australia. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Emblems: Floral - Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii); Mammal - Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus); Bird - Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) Motto: Cygnis Insignis (Distinguished by its swans) Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Const. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... A disused building in Cook The Indian Pacific at Cook Cook (30°36′S 130°24′E) is a railway station and crossing loop on the standard gauge Trans-Australian Railway from Adelaide to Perth, with no inhabited places around. ... With railways, a break-of-gauge is where a line of one gauge meets a line of a different gauge. ...


The train continues south to Port Pirie, then inland to Crystal Brook, and south to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. It returns along the same track to Crystal Brook, then turns east again towards Broken Hill, passing through the historic triple-gauge railway towns of Gladstone and Peterborough. Port Pirie to Broken Hill was rebuilt to standard gauge in 1970 (the previous version was narrow gauge), and the Crystal Brook to Adelaide section was built in 1982. Prior to that, the Indian Pacific did not go down to Adelaide, passengers transferred at Port Pirie from a broad gauge train between Adelaide and Port Pirie. Port Pirie is a city located in South Australia, Australia, with a population of 15,200. ... Crystal Brook (33°21′ S 138°12′ E) is named for (the stream) that passes through the town. ... Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population of over 1. ... Emblems: Hairy Nosed Wombat (faunal); Sturts Desert Pea (floral); Opal (gemstone); Leafy Seadragon (marine) Motto: United for the Common Wealth Slogan or Nickname: Festival State Other Australian states and territories Capital Adelaide Government Governor Premier Const. ... Broken Hill Post Office Royal Exchange Hotel, Broken Hill Broken Hill street, with the Indian Pacific and the actual broken hill visible in the background Broken Hill Broken Hill (31°57′S 141°27′E) is an isolated mining city and Local Government Area in the far west of outback... Gladstone is a town in the mid north of South Australia. ... Peterborough is a town in the mid north of South Australia, in wheat country. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


From Broken Hill, the train continues across New South Wales to Parkes, then climbs over the Blue Mountains and into Sydney. It uses platform 1 at Central station. Emblems: Floral - Waratah (Telopea Speciosissima); Bird - Kookaburra (Dacelo Gigas); Animal - Platypus (Ornithorhynchus Anatinus); Fish - Blue Groper (Achoerodus Viridis) Motto: Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites (Newly Risen, How Brightly You Shine) Slogan or Nickname: First State, Premier State Other Australian states and territories Capital Sydney Government Governor Premier Const. ... Parkes is a town with a population of approximately 10,500 (as of 2004) located in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia. ... Cliff overlooking the Jamison Valley The Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, roughly 100 kilometres west of Sydney, are a range of sandstone mountains that reach to at least 1190 metres above sea level (in the Lithgow area). ... Central (also known as Sydney Terminal) is the largest railway station in Sydney, Australia. ...


In 2005, the train spends about three hours stopped in Broken Hill, Adelaide and Kalgoorlie and about one hour in Cook. During this time passengers may look around, and there are some optional tours.


Passenger facilities

The service between Perth and Sydney takes about four days. Great Southern Railway has branded its service as Gold Kangaroo and Red Kangaroo. The former, which is the train's first-class service, features a choice of Roomette or Twinette sleeper cabins, with complimentary meals in the train's restaurant car. Drinks are available for purchase in the first-class lounge car. Red Kangaroo service, which is available for those travelling on a budget, features a choice of airline-style seats (referred to as "sit-ups") in the coach cars or a dual-berth 'shared' sleeper cabin. The train also carries passengers' motor vehicles. The Gold Kangaroo restaurant car provides a table d'hôte service. The Red Kangaroo service features an on train buffet-restaurant car and a lounge bar. Toms Restaurant, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... Table dhote is a French phrase which literally means hosts table but is used to indicate a menu where multi-course meals with limited choices are charged at a fixed rate. ...


Typical consist

The following is the Indian Pacific consist as it arrived in Perth on the morning of Saturday, 28th of January 2006. It is typical of the standard consist, except for the inclusion of two "Special carriages" which are added on demand. During peak seasons, the train may be increased in length to make a double consist.

Indian Pacific at Midland, 28th Jan 2006.
  • NR82 - Pacific National NR class locomotive
  • HGM903N - brake, power and luggage van
  • HM256 - luggage and mail van
  • AG375W - first class passenger car
  • AG376X - first class passenger car
  • AFC939G - first class lounge car
  • CDF924G - second class club and cafeteria car "Matilda's Restaurant"
  • BRJ918E - second class twinette sleeping car
  • ARJ941K - first class roomette sleeping car
  • ARM953W - first class deluxe twinette sleeping car
  • DF304E - first class dining car "Queen Adelaide Restaurant"
  • AFC301G - second class twinette sleeping car "Flinders Lounge"
  • ARL920Y - first class twinette sleeping car
  • ARL962S - first class twinette sleeping car
  • ARL310K - first class twinette sleeping car
  • SSA260H - Special Service Car "The Chairman's Carriage"
  • BMC1 - "Sir Hans Heysen" special carriage
  • ER906U - crew dormitory car
  • HGM900 - brake, power and luggage van
  • AMRZ272U - double-deck car carrier with 8 cars
  • AMRZ2590F - double-deck car carrier with 7 cars, 1 motorbike
  • AMRZ268U - double-deck car carrier with 8 cars

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x388, 133 KB) Summary Photo taken (28th Jan 2006) and supplied by Nachoman-au. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x388, 133 KB) Summary Photo taken (28th Jan 2006) and supplied by Nachoman-au. ... Midland Western Australia Known originally as Midland Junction ...

Christmas train

The Indian Pacific at Cook, South Australia

In recent years, the Indian Pacific has operated a Christmas Train with a notable music personality onboard. The train stops at several locations to entertain the locals and thank them for their support of the train. The locations include the remote Nullarbor sidings of Watson, Cook, and Rawlinna. Some of the performers onboard have been Guy Sebastian (2005), Jimmy Barnes (2004), John Paul Young (2003), Marcia Hines (2002), John Williamson (2001) and Nikki Webster (2000). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 733 KB) Summary The Indian Pacific train where it stops for an hour or so in Cook, South Australia. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1632x1232, 733 KB) Summary The Indian Pacific train where it stops for an hour or so in Cook, South Australia. ... A disused building in Cook The Indian Pacific at Cook Cook (30°36′S 130°24′E) is a railway station and crossing loop on the standard gauge Trans-Australian Railway from Adelaide to Perth, with no inhabited places around. ... NASA - Visible Earth, Nullarbor. ... A disused building in Cook The Indian Pacific at Cook Cook (30°36′S 130°24′E) is a railway station and crossing loop on the standard gauge Trans-Australian Railway from Adelaide to Perth, with no inhabited places around. ... Rawlinna (30°46′S 125°26′E) is a remote locality and railway siding on the Trans-Australian Railway in Western Australia. ... Guy Theodore Sebastian (born October 26, 1981) was the winner of the first series of Australian Idol in 2003. ... Two Fires (1990) Jimmy Barnes (born April 28, 1956 as James Dixon Swan) is a popular Australian rock singer. ... John Paul Young John Paul Young (born June 21, 1950 in Glasgow, Scotland) is an Australian singer. ... Marcia Hines (born July 23, 1953) is an American born singer who achieved great success in her adopted homeland of Australia. ... John Williamson was born in 1945 and was raised in Mallee, Victoria, Australia. ... Nikki Webster (born April 30, 1987) is an Australian pop singer. ...


Incidents

There have been at least two notable incidents involving the Indian Pacific. On 24 December 1975, 14 of the 25 carriages on the eastbound train derailed due to a collapsed bogie on the leading carriage. This occurred between the remote Nullarbor sidings of Haig and Nurina. Three of the two hundred passengers were injured, with them all being flown from Forrest to Adelaide. [1] December 24 is the 358th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (359th in leap years). ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... A bogie is a wheeled wagon or trolley. ... NASA - Visible Earth, Nullarbor. ... Nurina (30°59′S 126°32′E) is a remote railway siding on the Trans-Australian Railway in Western Australia. ... Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia, and is the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population of over 1. ...


Another incident occurred on 18 August 1999 when the westbound Indian Pacific was accidentally directed into a crossing loop occupied by an eastbound train at Zanthus. Further information: Zanthus train collision. August 18 is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... A crossing loop is a place on a single line railway where trains in opposing directions can cross each other. ... Zanthus (31°01′S 123°34′E), Western Australia is a remote railway crossing loop 202 km east of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia on the Trans-Australian rail line. ... Zanthus is a crossing loop on the Perth to Sydney Trans-Australian Railway. ...


The most serious happened on December 3 1999, when a Cityrail interurban train smashed into the back of the Indian Pacific at Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. 7 people died, all on the interurban train. Further information: Glenbrook train disaster. December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Glenbrook train disaster was a railway accident in New South Wales, Australia on December 3, 1999. ...


External links

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Indian Pacific
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  • Trans Australian/Indian Pacific railway ephemera—collected and digitised by the National Library of Australia

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Fresh from the launch of the new Indian Pacific livery on 24th September, NR 28 hauls the Indian Pacific out of Perth (through Maylands) on Wednesday, 28th September 2005.
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