The Indian-Pacific railway

 

Fulfilling another ambition, Julie and I set off on one of the really classic railway journeys of the world: across the Nullarbor Plane on the Indian-Pacific railway…

 

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The Wedge-tail Eagle: the world’s largest eagle and symbol of the Indian-Pacific Railway.

We particularly liked the name of the station café!

 

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The train pulls into Adelaide railway station.

 

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Julie is invited aboard: Gold Kangaroo, of course!

 

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One likes to relax in one’s private cabin.

 

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And so we leave Adelaide, and rush of into the night…

 

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Whilst enjoying our meal in the dinning car, our beds are made up for us: we began our first of two nights on a continually moving train (I didn’t sleep very well…)

 

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In the morning we awoke in Australia’s red heart!

 

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We soon entered the Nullarbor Plane, and this view remained unchanged for the next 600-miles!

The railway track over the Nullarbor Plane is the world’s longest straight and flat stretch of rail-line!

 

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The train needs to refuel at the metropolis of Cook (population 6); we therefore have an hour or so to explore the Nullarbor

 

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It’s one of those Julie of Arabia moments… Or perhaps not!

 

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The landscape is unimaginably flat!

 

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The locals, all six of them, have a long way to go for the nearest shops!

 

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Refuelling over, it’s time we were on our way. Next stop Kalgoorlie 500-miles away.

 

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Back on our journey over the Nullarbor Plane: the sheer size of the landscape is brought home by the 10-hours it takes to cross.

 

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A never changing scene can be tiring!

 

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But eventually the trees return…

 

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Time for our second, and last, evening meal aboard the I-P.

 

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Eight in the evening and the train stopped in Kalgoorlie for a couple of hours – outside temperature 42degC!

 

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Kalgoorlie exists because of gold – lots of gold – and as a result the town has buildings of amazing character…

 

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Gold is dug from the earth in a vast opencast hole – the second largest manmade hole in the world, but soon to be the largest!

 

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The machines that dig this hole look tiny within it. They are, however, some of the largest and most powerful mobile machines on earth.

 

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A shovel on display at the mine: 70-tonnes at a scoop!

 

After our visit to the mine we were back on the train for our last night and 400-miles to Perth.

 

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