29th November 2017
The history of Australian trains is a long and complex one which dates back 200 years. The first rail systems in Australia were constructed when the majority of the country was little more than sparsely settled colonies until 1901 when they united to form a Federation of States.
25th October 2017
Offering train enthusiasts a new way to enjoy the countryside, the Indian Pacific offers a special Food & Wine Train that takes them on a culinary adventure across the Nullarbor from Adelaide to Perth and back. The transcontinental two-night journey each way was the perfect way for guests to immerse themselves in food and wine masterclasses while stepping off the rails to explore some unique destinations including Rawlinna and Cook, small railway siding home to only four people.
4th October 2017
Perhaps one of Australia’s most loved trains, the ‘Tea and Sugar’ service commenced in 1915 to service some of the more remote places along the Trans-Australian route. Although it started by simply providing good and services to workers in these remote locations, the service increased over time, providing more to a number of the isolated communities along the railway line between Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie.
13th September 2017
The Trans Australian Railway Line was joined on October 17, 1917 and as the 100th anniversary approaches, we take a look how the railway line evolved over the years. The Trans Australian Railway is a 1693km rail line that stretches from Port Augusta South Australia all the way to Kalgoorlie Western Australia, crossing the Nullarbor Plain. It includes the world’s longest stretch of dead-straight track, a 478km stretch between the 797km post west of Ooldea and the 1,275km post west of Loongana.
30th August 2017
If you’ve got a serious love for locomotives and have always fancied playing the Fat Controller in your own backyard then the Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS) might just be the answer to your prayers. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) branch of the ARHS has unfortunately gone into liquidation. Unfortunate for them but a win for train enthusiasts who had to opportunity to own their own little piece of history as several historic train carriages were auctioned off.
9th August 2017
On Sunday 22 October 2017, Australian trains enthusiasts will join together to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the first passenger train on the Trans-Australian Railway with a history making journey of their own. Completed 17 October 1917, the first train on the Trans-Australian Railway departed Port August for Kalgoorlie and this year, Rail Tours Australia will be retracing the famous railway journey, joined by prominent railway historian and author John Evans.
26th July 2017
A survey by market research and customer satisfaction company Canstar Blue has revealed some of the top pet peeves of Australian train commuters. The survey received responses from over 3,000 passengers across the train networks of the five largest cities in Australia and exposed the most common complaints passengers had about their fellow travellers.
5th July 2017
It’s a question that makes train enthusiasts the world over gasp in horror. Is a tram considered a train? While to the uninitiated they may seem like practically the same thing (after all, they’re both modes of transport that run on tracks) those in the know will tell you that there are a number of key differences.
14th June 2017
Australia is a vast country, and the best way to appreciate it’s sheer size and beauty is by train. There’s no better way to cover the long distances between capital cities and see the stunning countryside than in the comfort of Australian trains. In fact Australia is famous for its train journeys, particularly the 3 day Indian Pacific which connects Sydney and Adelaide with Perth and crosses the Nullarbor Plain. The Ghan is another iconic Australian rail journey that travels from Adelaide all the way up to Alice Springs and Darwin, taking in the incredible ‘Red Centre’. There are also a number of easy and affordable rail journeys that travel the east coast of the country.
10th May 2017
From modern stations and super structures to historic train stations with age old architecture, Australia has a number of famous train stations in some of the most amazing places. Perhaps the most iconic station is Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station located on the corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets. It’s the busiest suburban railway station in the southern hemisphere.
26th April 2017
Originally known as the Afghan Express, this famous Australian rail journey is now commonly known as The Ghan. Spanning 2,979km, the iconic route operates between Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide. Operating since 1878, this legendary rail service takes 48 hours to complete and offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Australia. The train was originally named for the Afghan camel drivers who arrived in Australia in the 19th century and helped to explore the remote interior of the country.
12th April 2017
The first trains in Australia were built when the vast country was little more than settled colonies spread far and wide across the land. Up until the mid-1800s, horse-drawn carts and coastal shipping services were the main modes of transport, however all that changed in 1854 when the first steam railways was built. Operating along a route between Melbourne and Port Melbourne, this single steam rail began a locomotive revolution which saw various colonies rapidly develop their own rain systems.