Trans Continental Railway Line

Submitted: Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 22:20
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Hi there

We are wanting to drive along the railway line from Tarcoola SA to Kalgoorlie WA in Sept 2005, and are just wanting to know from anyone who has done this trip ie: conditions, permits required and interesting sights along the way. Any comments would be much appreciated.

Happy travelling

Eddy & Helen
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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 22:27

Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 22:27
Can't be done, permission is not granted for the privately owned sections. Best of luck.
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Follow Up By: uluru - Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 22:34

Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 22:34
Thanks John - but is there any section that can be driven on and where/who can we get more info from.
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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 22:41

Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 22:41
You can drive from Tarcoola to the turn off to Googs Track on the SA side and I think you can drive from Rawlinna to Kal, but not really sure on that one, some one on here will set me straight. I presume you would contact Rail Australia or what ever they are called this week, but others have tried and failed. Check the archives, I am sure it will be in there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005 at 10:11

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005 at 10:11
yes it is in the archives yes you are right and no it cnt be done
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Reply By: dave487 - Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 23:24

Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 23:24
Hi Eddy & Helen
I did the trip across from Glendambo to Kalgoorlie in 2002.The track is now closed
as the yanks have bought the railway and closed everything .Tried to find out why but cannot get any answers. Anyone now crossing is liable to $5000 fine waiting at the end of the track as train drivers are told to get all license numbers of all vehicles.The track is open from Rawlinna to Kalgoorlie.When we crossed it the track was just that. The wooden sleepers under the rails have been replaced by concrete ones and the steel pins were thrown on the track which meant we drove over them for hundreds of kilometres. We had nine punctures and did five tyres on the trip. Lucky we had plenty of spares. Hope this helps you. I am going to do the Anne Beadell in May. Welcome to join us if you like.
Dave
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Reply By: Member- Rox (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005 at 01:18

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005 at 01:18
Did the Connie sue & Anne Beadell in Nov 2004, met someone from Alice springs @ Rawlinna heading East to cook then up to vokes hill crn. I mentioned to him I heard it was closed but he didn't know that, in fact he was given a laminated sheet with all the distances of all stations from an employie. We traveled on but didn't see him after that so I don't know if he got through. Try Rining the Trans line.
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Reply By: Banjo (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005 at 08:46

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005 at 08:46
Check the Eyre section of the SA pages (plus in the WA section) in the Road Conditons, this site - Michelle did the homework quite some time back.
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Reply By: Member - Luxoluk - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005 at 19:25

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005 at 19:25
In 2002 did Glendambo down to Ceduna via Googs and back up from Eucla to Forrest and along to Rawlinna (up the Connie Sue after that). Those train drivers were a friendly lot and were happy to let the horn go in acknowledgement of kids and us. Unless it is signed closed, which it wasn't when I did it, I would go again without hesitation. There are a couple of track choices along the route and it looked like Telstra has been laying a lot of cable so it must be a shared space?? I think there is a lot of mythology floating around about this issue. If you really want to get a feel for what's going on at present then I suggest you ring the caretaker/operator of the Forrest facility which includes a bloody big commercial air strip.
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Reply By: Steve & Jen - Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 12:38

Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 12:38
Have heard SA side closed to 4WD however WA side OK
By the way a must stop is Forrest airport, Accomodation, Food, Fuel
See web site www.forrestairport.com.au
Have just spent some time there. A little OASIS in the middle of the Nullabor
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Reply By: Steve & Jen - Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 12:39

Saturday, Jan 08, 2005 at 12:39
Have heard SA side closed to 4WD however WA side OK
By the way a must stop is Forrest airport, Accomodation, Food, Fuel
See web site www.forrestairport.com.au
Have just spent some time there. A little OASIS in the middle of the Nullabor

Good Luck

Steve & Jenny
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