New addition to GREAT TRAIN JOURNEYS OF THE WORLD in Australia.How's it compare?
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Asked by: johnfrommelbourne-ga
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04 Feb 2004 04:44 PST
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Question ID: 303448
Just this last week Australia has finally seen the 100 year old promise of sucessive governments both state and Federal to build the longest direct north-south railway line in the world to carry the train known as "The Ghan" from the southern coast at Adelaide City to the most northerly coast capital at Darwin, a distance just a few kilometres short of 3000 kilometres. It goes through the rugged and very sparsley populated centre of Australia where it is largely desert although a couple of major towns as well. The latest pictures of this train, (over one kilomtre long) in the middle of the beautiful central Australian landscape are magnificent for sure but it is now being touted as one of the great train trips of the world and is already well booked ahead.It is for instance being compared to the Trans-Siberian railway and the Orient Express I am wondering if in fact there has been any publicity at all about this new Great Train Journey of the World in other parts of the world( e.g USA) and so that I can compare just what are some of the other great train trips of the world and what do they offer by way of views/landscape,thrills and memories for the traveler. If you would like to see a beautiful photo of train going through desert go to www.theage.com.au John From Melbourne
Re: New addition to GREAT TRAIN JOURNEYS OF THE WORLD in Australia.How's it compare?
Answered By: scribe-ga on 04 Feb 2004 08:36 PST
G'Day John, As it happens I recently saw coverage on BBC television news of the inaugural run of the cost-to-coast Ghan. You may very well have seen this coverage. If not, it can be accessed at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3449389.stm I am not yet aware of any coverage on American television news, but I will keep watching for it, and let you know if there should be any. However, the Los Angeles Times newspaper seems to be very interested in the subject, and this page will give you links to their excellent coverage: http://www.latimes.com/search/dispatcher.front?Query=ghan&target=article&QryTxt=&x=5&y=8 It's interesting to note that although The Ghan can now lay claim to being the world's longest north-south train journey, it taverses less than one-third the distance covered by the legendary Trans-Siberian, as indicated in this chart: http://www.theage.com.au/media/2003/09/25/1064083131649.html May I also direct you to a commercial travel site that contains fascinating details of many great train journeys, including the Ghan and several others in Australia and the Reunification Express in Vietnam: http://www.goway.com/trainjouneys/ Finally, I thought this amazon.com page might be helpful if you would like to acquire any books on the subject: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-form/104-8927391-5919153 Happy travels to you. (How, by the way, are the Footscray footballers doing?) scribe_ga
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OK Scribe I will hit you with five but only because you mentioned the Footscray Footbal club. Are you Australian?? Seriously you did provide some very interesting reading on all related subject matter, e.g the views of all the journos from round the world for instance who travelled on first trip, other great train journeys etc.
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