This article reports progress with Australia's One Nation transport package, launced by its Federal Government in February 1992. The rail component of this package is mainly directed towards works that would improve freight operations on the interstate trunk rail network. Most of these operations include conversions of track gauges, to make them compatible throughout Australia. On 4 June 1995, the last conversion of a trunk line between Australian State capitals, the Melbourne to Adelaide line, was converted from broad gauge to standard gauge. Unfortunately, the Federal Government is not prepared to continue One Nation funding after completion of the current programme in 1996. As a result, long sections of routes in New South Wales, between Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, will be left with steep gradients and sharp curves. Very little is being spent in the Melbourne-Sydney corridor, beyond rerailing and extended loops. This will increase the operating costs of these railways, and restrict their ability to compete with road hauliers. It seems likely that quite a number of branch lines in Victoria, including some suburban lines around Melbourne, will remain broad gauge in the near future.

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  • Publication Date: 1995-7


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  • Accession Number: 00716003
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1996 12:00AM