Melbourne–Adelaide rail corridor
|Locale||Victoria and South Australia|
|Predecessor||Victorian Railways and South Australian Railways|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Previous gauge||converted from 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)|
The Melbourne–Adelaide rail corridor is an 828 kilometres (514 mi)standard-gauge railway corridor that runs between the cities of Melbourne, Victoria and Adelaide, South Australia. Most of the current traffic is freight, though the only named and perhaps best known regular train is the twice-weekly passenger service The Overland, operated by Great Southern Rail.
In the second half of the nineteenth century, the Victorian Railways and South Australian Railways broad gauge networks were extended. The South Australian main line, the Adelaide-Wolseley line, was connected to the Victorian system at Serviceton in 1887. This was the first single gauge inter-colonial link in Australia.
Conversion to standard gauge and rerouting
In 1983, studies by VicRail and Australian National suggested figures of about $400 million to construct a standard-gauge link. Various routes were considered, including via Serviceton and Ararat, and via Pinnaroo, Ouyen and Maryborough.
Track and gauge
Some branches have also been converted to standard gauge.
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