Inland Railway Debate Heats Up

For decades, a topic of debate in Australia has been construction of a direct rail link from Melbourne to Brisbane through inland New South Wales, an alternative to the coastal route through Sydney. Further discussion has been generated through the release of the first stage of a three-stage study into the viability of the inland railway in May 2009. Study stages are: determination of the route for further analysis; land, environmental, and engineering baseline analysis; and preferred alignment development. The first stage examined 50 different options for route combinations between Melbourne and Brisbane. The preferred route was found to follow existing rail lines from Melbourne via Albury to Cootamundra (approximately halfway between Melbourne and Sydney), then inland to Parkes, Narromine, Dubbo, Werris Creek, and Moree in northern New South Wales using existing tracks before crossing southern Queensland via the inland city of Toowoomba and ending in Brisbane. Consultants estimated that a freight train could complete the Melbourne to Brisbane journey in 38.5 hours, with travel time reduced to 34.5 hours if modern signaling and "cut offs" were provided.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 26-28
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  • Accession Number: 01146548
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 4 2009 5:45PM