The anniversary of the completion of the Adelaide to Darwin rail line | Australia

The anniversary of the completion of the Adelaide to Darwin rail line :The tenth anniversary of the completion of the Adelaide to Darwin rail line is being celebrated at a ceremony today.

The railway to connect the two cities was first conceived of in 1855, and construction began 20 years later.

Armed forces used the rail line heavily throughout World War II. At that time, the line still only existed between Darwin and Larrimah, south of Katherine, and between Adelaide and Alice Springs.

The stretch between Alice Springs and Larrimah was made by road, with army tracks regularly ferrying troops and supplies north and south across some of the country’s harshest territory.

It was not until 2004 the first freight train arrived in Darwin, and since then, 10 million tonnes freight, including produce, iron ore, manganese, has been delivered to Darwin by rail.

The operator of the line, Genesee & Wyoming Australia, says it is in talks with mining companies about expanding operations.

The company’s Greg Pauline says several new mining companies have already approached Genesee and Wyoming about transporting minerals.

“You’re going to see opportunities for new bulk minerals customers, we’ve had strong intermodal growth with the likes of our customers through our freight forwards, Coles and Woolworths, so we are now starting to see quite a strong market share for rail, which is great,” he said.

The line is a crucial piece of infrastructure for the Top End, but it has not been without problems.

Recently a 300m section of the track between Darwin and Katherine was washed out during heavy rain.

The track has since been repaired.

The anniversary of the completion of the Adelaide to Darwin rail line

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