Great Southern Rail (Australia)

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Industry Railway operator
Founded October 1997
Parent Serco

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:

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[4] and Serco.[5] In October 1999 Serco bought all the shares from its consortium partners.[6]

While the former two services are profitable, the operation of The Overland is subsidised by the Victorian and South Australian governments.[7]

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.

The Southern Spirit was a luxury cruising train service, launched by Great Southern Rail on 17 June 2008, with the inaugural service running on 25 November 2008.[8] It last ran in February 2012.

In November 2014, Serco announced its intention to sell the business.[9]