Australian Railroad companies
The Rail Australia Alliance
Australia has some of the most spectacular and unforgettable rail journeys in the world. While many of the routes may be operated by different rail companies, we've all come together to form the Rail Australia Alliance to make it simple for you to find out everything you need to know in one easy place. There's no better way to experience Australia's outback, cities, coastal towns and regional areas in comfort. The Trans-Australian Railway crosses the Nullarbor Plain of Australia from Port Augusta in South Australia to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. It includes the world's longest stretch of dead-straight railway track, a 478 kilometre (297 mi) length between the 797 km post west of Ooldea and the 1275 km post west of Loongana. The line forms an important freight route between Western Australia and the eastern states. Currently two passenger services also use the line, the Indian Pacific for its entire length and The Ghan between Port Augusta and Tarcoola. Earlier passenger services on the route were known as the Trans-Australian or, commonly, just 'The Trans'. Australia's passenger railway system offers tourists and residents a modern, safe and convenient form of travel. There are many passenger train and tram operators in Australia offering services ranging from intensive suburban trains and electric tramways in major cities, to commuter trains and long distance interstate and luxury trans-continental journeys. The trains are high quality and all operators have reasonable on-line information about their services, but information is not co-ordinated.