The Alice (train)

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The Alice
Indian Pacific on the platform at East Perth.jpg
Stainless steel carriages of the type used on The Alice
Overview
Service type Passenger train
Status Ceased
First service 14 November 1983
Last service 1988
Former operator(s) State Rail Authority
Australian National
Route
Start Sydney Central
End Alice Springs
Distance travelled 2,800 kilometres
Service frequency 1 per week
Train number(s) WE3/WE4
Line used Main Western
Broken Hill
Trans Australian
Central Australian
Technical
Rolling stock Comeng stainless steel carriages
Track gauge 1,435 mm
The Alice
Alice Springs
Kulgera
Northern Territory / South Australia border
Tarcoola
Kingoonya
Pimba
Port Augusta
Peterborough
South Australia / New South Wales border
Broken Hill
Menindee
Ivanhoe
Euabalong West
Condobolin
Parkes
Orange
Bathurst
Lithgow
Sydney Central

The Alice was an Australian passenger train service that ran between Sydney and Alice Springs from November 1983 until 1988.[1] It was still operating in October 1987, but had ceased by mid-1988.[2][3]

Running weekly it was operated with stainless steel carriages hauled by State Rail Authority 46 class and 86 class electric locomotives from Sydney to Lithgow where a 80 class diesel took over for the journey to Broken Hill from where Australian National GM class locomotives took over for the journey to Alice Springs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1983/84 Annual Report" Railway Digest April 1985 page 93
  2. ^ "Test on The Alice" Railway Digest November 1987 page 359
  3. ^ "Western Passengers" Railway Digest June 1988 page 213