East–west rail corridor, Australia

East–West rail corridor, Australia
Sydney–Brisbane railway
Sydney–Melbourne railway
Main Suburban line
Main Western line
Broken Hill line
Broken Hill
NSW/SA border
Broken Hill-Crystal Brook line
to Adelaide & the Melbourne–Adelaide railway
Crystal Brook
Adelaide-Port Augusta railway
Port Augusta
Trans-Australian Railway
Adelaide–Darwin railway
Trans-Australian Railway
SA/WA border
Trans-Australian Railway
Eastern Goldfields Railway
Eastern Railway

The east–west rail corridor is a standard gauge railway that runs across Australia starting in Sydney, linking the Eastern states to Western Australia.[1] The Indian Pacific passenger service operates along the route, as do a number of local passenger services.

The route is made up of a number of individual railway lines constructed by various government railway authorities since the 1880s, the most significant portion being the Trans-Australian Railway which connected between Kalgoorlie and Port Augusta. It was not until 1970 that gauge conversion was carried out and through trains were possible along the entire route.[2]

The rail corridor has an 81% share of land freight between the Eastern States and Perth, up from 60 percent in 1996–97,[3] and saw a record 3.46 billion gross tonne kilometres of freight carried in November 2007.[4] Major freight operators on the corridor include Pacific National, Aurizon, and SCT Logistics.



  1. "Another record East West haul" (PDF). Links. Australian Rail Track Corporation. November 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  2. "National Railway Museum Port Adelaide – Rail History". www.natrailmuseum.org.au. Archived from the original on 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  3. "ARTC – News – NSW Lease 2004 Summary". www.artc.com.au. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
  4. "ARTC – East West Rail Freight Record Tumbles". www.artc.com.au. Retrieved 2008-04-06.


  • Avery, Rod (2006). Freight Across the Nation: The Australian Superfreighter Experience. Brisbane: Copyright Publishing Co. ISBN 1876344474. 

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