Background Australian Railway info
This page is no longer maintained and very out of date I may some
day get around to fixing it up, as it does appear to get a lot of hits.
See www.railpage.org.au for the
enthusiasts view of the Australian railways, however
Chris Brownbill's Australian Rail Maps provides a view more suited for the tourist who
wants to know how to get around by rail in Australia. The rail industry it
self has an assoiciation called the Australian Railway Assoiciation Inc that is also online.
Major changes since I last did a major revamp of this page is that the Feds
sold off most of their railway interests
(National Rail pending, as the state share holders must also agree)
,and the state of Victoria has sold off its rail operations. (Freight,
Country Passenger, Met rail (2 parts), Met tram (2 parts).
Most Australian railways are Government owned, the big high profile
minerial roads in the north west are NOT interconnected with the mainland
network. A number of very small private companies also operate railways,
usually with no interconnection with the nearby Government owned lines.
A number of systems now have their own official sites on the net,
these are linked to as appropiate.
Note - The icons next to the railway company's listed are probably
registered trademarks of the companys. Beware what you use them for.
- Federal 'Commonweath' owned
- State owned
- Private corporations
- BHP Iron Ore Railroad (Port Headland, WA)
- Goldsworthy Railway
(South Headland, WA)
- Hamersley Iron Ore Railways
- Robe River Railroad (Wickam, WA)
- BHP railways
- Comalco Railway (Weipa, QLD)
- Darling Harbour Monorail (Darling Harbour, NSW)
- Sydney Light Rail (Pyrmont, NSW)
- Emu Bay Railway Co Ltd (Burnie, TAS) (Bought by ATN).
- Perisher Skitube (Jindabyne, NSW)
- South Maitland Railways Pty Ltd (Maitland, NSW)
- Silverton Tramway (Broken Hill,NSW)
- West Coast Railway (Warrnembool VIC)
- SpeedRail (Sydney-Canberra TGV proposal).
- Preservation Groups ,tour operators and societys
- Equipment and rollingstock suppliers
- Evans Deakin Industries
- Clyde Engineering - Motive Power Divison (Rolling Stock) (GM)
- A. Gonnian & Co. (Rolling Stock) (GE)
- Morrison Knudsen (Rolling Stock) (Remanufacture)
- Westinghouse Brake and Signal
- James Watt group (Signals)
- DSC Engineering (Signal enclousures)
The Northern Territory has no railway system, the single NR operated line
into Alice Spings being the only rails still in the state. The short lived
Northern Australia Railway was federaly administered. There is currently
a project to connect the Alice to Darwin.
Both Tasmainia and South Australia gave up their state railways systems
to an attempt at nationalization, becoming part of the Commonweath Railways,
later Australian National.
A number of the private railways are not as independant as it may seem,
BHP has interests in most mineral projects, and they own majority interests
in Comalco and Goldsworthy. Recently a surplus locomotive was transfered
from Weipa to Goldsworthy , then older surplus locomotives from Goldsworthy
to BHP's steel works in Wollongong !.
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