Transcontinental Railway Corridor

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 14:14
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Based on conflicting information given in a previous topic and because we would like to travel this route to access Maralinga I wrote to ARTC and below is the information I received from them.

"Thanks for contacting ARTC.
I have had a chat with one of our property guys who has advised Transport SA manages a roadway immediately north of the rail line from Glendambo to approximately Lyons. It is marked on road maps as TSA Road 14024 and ends at the old ‘354 Mile’ i.e. Lyons. The end location is approx. 30kms or so west of where Googs Track meets the railway corridor. Most of the roadway is on ARTC land but under TSA management and upkeep and access is allowed where the road runs along the rail corridor- Tarcoola to Lyons. NO access is allowed on the rail corridor WEST of the 354 Mile (Lyons)."

From this I believe the road cannot legally be used to access Maralinga.

Cheers,
Di and Bruce
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 15:01

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 15:01
Hi Bruce

Like you have said, there are many different thoughts regarding access.

I would give Robin a call and listen to his side of the story.

If what is stated above, then how do station people get on out there then?

I can not say much for a number of reasons.


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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 16:51

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 16:51
I'd be most surprised if a point of consensus was ever reached on this subject. Perhaps it's better if the prevailing understanding is that its a no go area and those that do enter can manage their own circumstances. Too much talk may precipitate a more formal response by those who can exercise some power and control and we all loose out then? That's my take on things!
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 17:34

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 17:34
Absolutely! Let sleeping dogs lie.

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Reply By: racinrob - Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 18:06

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 18:06
A bit off topic but I thought it might be of interest, I spent several years at Maralinga in the late 50's early 60's preparing test sites and also recovering equipment used in previous tests. Almost all of the aircraft there had been stripped of anything of value as had the camp at Emu. Commonwealth police who were responsible for security said people regularly drove in from Coober Pedy, I wonder if these people knew just how radioactive this stuff was ???


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Reply By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 21:13

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 21:13
Hi Bruce and Di,
Sent a PM give us a call if you like.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce and Di T (SA) - Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 03:41

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 03:41
Thanks Graham,

Will do.

Bruce
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 05:12

Friday, Feb 28, 2014 at 05:12
Bruce I agree that there is an access track IMMEDIATELY North of the railway ( and another on the south, that is ARTC owned. However you wouldn't drive on that road. There is another road about 30 - 50 meters away that is sometimes on the North and sometimes on the south and that is a great road that you can drive on. It services the telstra fibre optic line.

Take a look at google maps you will clearly see two tracks right next to the line then another further away. There is also a 4th in many spots.

Any the less people on that road the better. It's a nice quite drive.
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Follow Up By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 16:19

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 16:19
Hi Boobook.

Is that Telstra alternative access available all the way west to Rawlinna/Haig pls?

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 17:31

Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 at 17:31
I believe so but I have only travelled in SA
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