Great Southern Rail (Australia)
Great Southern Rail (GSR) is a passenger train operator in Australia. It is a subsidiary of Serco.
GSR operates interstate passenger trains aimed at the tourist market:
- Indian Pacific (Sydney – Adelaide – Perth)
- The Ghan (Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin)
- The Overland (Melbourne – Adelaide)
Until 1997 all three were by the Federal Government owned Australian National. In October 1997 the services were sold to Great Southern Rail, a consortium of GB Railways, Legal & General, Macquarie Bank, RailAmerica, G13 Pty Ltd and Serco. In October 1999 Serco bought all the shares from its consortium partners.
GSR reduced costs by renegotiating staff pay and conditions, and increased revenues by extending the Ghan, which originally ran from Adelaide to Alice Springs, so that it ran once each week from Sydney and once each week from Melbourne. With completion of the railway from Alice Springs to Darwin, the Ghan now runs from Adelaide to Darwin. While GSR owns the passenger car fleet, Pacific National provides motive power for the services.
In November 2014, Serco announced its intention to sell the business.
- Indian Pacific Great Southern Rail
- The Ghan Great Southern Rail
- The Overland Great Southern Rail
- G13 Pty Ltd
- Great Southern Railway Consortium completes acquisition of Australian National Railways Passenger Business Serco 31 October 1997
- About Us Great Southern Rail
- "Letter from John McMillan, Director of Public Transport, Victoria, to Margaret Arblaster, ACCC". 2001. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Great Southern Rail launches new luxury rail cruise The Southern Spirit". 17 June 2008. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
- Update on Serco's Strategy Review Serco 10 November 2014