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Old November 8th, 2011, 12:41 PM   #621
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You Queenslanders sure have got it right. Great plan. Oh NSW... sigh.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 12:19 PM   #622
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You Queenslanders sure have got it right. Great plan. Oh NSW... sigh.
Great plan, will it be implemented? Dubious.
Though I hope it is, seriously, I'd love a train to Maroochy.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 04:10 AM   #623
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Old December 15th, 2012, 10:11 PM   #624
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DOCUMENTARY: Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways
On: Channel 5
Date: Wednesday 12th December 2012 (Already shown)
Time: 21:00 to 22:00 (1 hour long)

Presenter Chris Tarrant takes a series of extreme railway journeys across the world's toughest terrains. Chris crosses the Australian Outback on an amazing rail line - the 2,000 mile-long Adelaide to Darwin railway. Building the line proved to be a huge engineering challenge that took over 100 years to complete. In his quest to uncover the extraordinary story of this railway, Chris travels from Adelaide to Darwin, following the original ill-fated route of the line.
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Excerpt taken from DigiGuide - the world's best TV guide
Copyright (c) GipsyMedia Limited.



Possibly geo-blocked, but it is available to 'obtain' via torrent software.
Episode 1 was about travelling in DR Congo, with Episode 3 to be shown next Wednesday here in the UK/Ireland about rail travel in India.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 10:55 AM   #625
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I wonder how much is the fare for Ghan train for trip between Darwin to Adelaide?
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 12:13 AM   #626
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Use internet. It's all there. And don't forget to convert the Australian dollar to whatever appropriate

http://www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/site/the_ghan.jsp
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 12:32 AM   #627
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I remember the price was quite competitive, specially if you want to move your car from one side to the other of the continent.
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Old February 11th, 2013, 09:12 PM   #628
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Ey guys

I have a theoretical/hypothetical question to those who are familiar with the rail transport network in Australia.

Let's say I were to come to Australia to attend this:



My concern is with the routes involving Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney.

Given the current network map, it seems that rail transport for those areas is possible



Question is:
How's the travel time for those areas using rail transportation?

NOTE: I cannot miss any single event so yeah getting there is obviously an extremely high priority for me.

Thanks =)
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Old February 12th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #629
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None, unfortunately!

You would have time for the Peth-Adelaide leg but there's no train departuring on those dates. For Brisbane to Sydney is is possible to travel in one day, depature 07:30 AM from Brisbane arriving 9:06 PM in Sydney but I guess that's to late for you.

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Old February 12th, 2013, 03:23 AM   #630
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As jonasry said, you have no chance (on any of the legs unfortunately). Trains in Australia are infrequent and slow. There is no way you could possibly get from Melbourne to Perth in one day, The Perth to Adelaide section the train runs once a week so it won't be running. Getting from Adelaide to Brisbane in 2 days by rail is impossible and for the final gig in Sydney the train would get in too late from Brisbane.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 01:59 PM   #631
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Ah I see I see.

So the only rail transport components that are feasible are the Brisbane Airport Line (Airport<->Fortitude Valley<->Central) as well as in Sydney (to and from Airport to Town Hall Station......which is the closest to Hilton Hotel).

Btw, question:
Is the Airport Line a direct line from Airport Station all the way to Town Hall station........or do I have to transfer to another line in Central before heading to Town Hall?
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Old February 12th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #632
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You won't have to change trains. The airport line does a loop around the CBD, finishing at Town Hall station (fun fact: it's Australia's busiest station)



And yeah, no one uses trains to get around apart from V/Line trains covering Victoria, and a few lines in NSW. The rest are mostly for tourists. No one would use them to get around the country when flying is significantly cheaper and a hell of a lot quicker.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 08:45 AM   #633
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Ah I see I see.

Btw, last question (hopefully):
Some locals say the safety and security of rail transport in Brisbane is well......not safe (especially from midnight up until the sun starts to come up).

I've seen the video footage........however most of the crimes occur in more dangerous places (like Logan or Ipswich).

If it's just Airport, Fortitude Valley and Central, then I guess I should be safe (?)
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Old February 15th, 2013, 09:44 AM   #634
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From memory, the airport train in Brisbane is pretty crappy. It was built by a private company for the cheapest option possible, and therefore stops running at about 20:00hrs.

I wouldn't bother with it if I were you. Take a taxi instead.

And trains are generally fine all over the country. This isn't the USA. You might see some drunk people but they're only on the train so they don't have to drive. You'll be safe, don't worry.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 10:26 PM   #635
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Ey guys

I have a theoretical/hypothetical question to those who are familiar with the rail transport network in Australia.

Let's say I were to come to Australia to attend this:



My concern is with the routes involving Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney.

Given the current network map, it seems that rail transport for those areas is possible



Question is:
How's the travel time for those areas using rail transportation?

NOTE: I cannot miss any single event so yeah getting there is obviously an extremely high priority for me.

Thanks =)
Unless you had some really special reason to do so, you wouldn't go Melbourne- Perth- Adelaide-Brisbane-Sydney.

Going Perth- Adelaide- Melbourne- Sydney- Brisbane - irregardless of whether you did it by train, plane or car-or even ran the distance, would save you heaps of time for yourself, and save the planet heaps of wasted energy.

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Old February 20th, 2013, 10:52 PM   #636
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Sounds pretty sensible to me: 15 minute frequency services in the suburbs; 30 minute frequency services in the outer suburbs, and (unspecified) frequency services to the Gold & Sunshine Coasts ... but then the Government changed ...
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Old February 28th, 2013, 02:18 AM   #637
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From memory, the airport train in Brisbane is pretty crappy. It was built by a private company for the cheapest option possible, and therefore stops running at about 20:00hrs.
It runs until after 10pm now, and is every 15 minutes during the peaks.

(And carries more people than Skybus does incidentally, and for cheaper fares.)
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Old March 4th, 2013, 09:40 PM   #638
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The Australian Transport Minister raised concerns regarding the construction of a high speed rail link on the East Coast, which is the subject of a current government study. He called the project costly and environmentally disruptive.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/alban...304-2fhaw.html
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The Australian Transport Minister raised concerns regarding the construction of a high speed rail link on the East Coast, which is the subject of a current government study. He called the project costly and environmentally disruptive.

http://www.smh.com.au/national/alban...304-2fhaw.html
He actually said he was supportive of the project, but wanted to point out the costs involved: which is probably what he should have done. Remember, only 23 million people on this continent: most of whom appreciate cheap if not free health-care, and want better transport- public or private, but expect tax cuts every election, and think the massive mining ventures in the country shouldn't have to pay tax on what they take out ...
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Old March 8th, 2013, 02:22 AM   #640
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Australian's want Scandinavian style welfare at American tax rates. Although it seems we have a happy median; I don't think our tax rates are too bad, but our public services and welfare system isn't too bad either.
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