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This page is no longer maintained and very out of date I may some day get around to fixing it up, as it does appear to get a lot of hits.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 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.

Operating company's

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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