The slowing of Brisbane's suburban electric trains
In Brisbane, as in Sydney and Melbourne, there has been considerable debate in recent years regarding the capacity of the suburban electric train network and how each system is rapidly reaching the limits of this capacity. In particular, Brisbane's cross river rail link between Roma Street and South Brisbane has been cited as being almost at its limits now. Larry Matters asks if, given the tremendous capabilities of today's electric MU Sets, part of the solution could be a speeding-up of the current 'diesel-era' timetables.
'Cattle Class' across the Nullabor
The iconic Indian Pacific, has been making the journey from Sydney to Perth and return for over 40 years – truly one of the world's great railway journeys – and the high standard of its Gold and Platinum Class accommodation, food and service is well known. Less well known, perhaps, is that a third class of travel is also provided – Red Service. Short on cash, but eager to cross the Nullabor on the legendary train, Russell Miles chose the inexpensive option, and relates his experience 'travelling steerage' on a luxury liner of the rails.