Stations on the Trans Australian Railway

 
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Tarcoola station was all locked up when I visited in 2013, I didn't get a look inside. Pretty much all the railway buildings in Tarcoola are abandoned (and almost every other building in the town), however the old loco barracks is still used by ARTC length runners, and there's another barracks used by track workers when they have to stay in town.
Regarding the Central Line, I think that style of housing was used at a couple of locations Between Stirling North and Marree, possibly Neuroodla and Brachina.
dylan
On the new SG section would make sense.

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  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

I meant to say military rather than just army in my original post A multipurpose facility e.g. airfield to defend southern gap e.g. anti sub or anti surface, etc.Yes, woomera is nearby. Emergency landing for commercial jets, flying doctors forward base etc
ANR
Maritime patrol aircraft based at RAAF Edinburgh (or staging out of RAAF Pearce) and subs out of Fleet Base West have more than enough range to patrol the ocean south of the Great Australian Bight. Add in A330 MRRT refuelling support and a P-8A can go all the way to Antarctica if needed. There is no gap.

As for the airlines and RFDS, I'm sure they will be happy to know there's no need to employ expensive aviation experts when any old foamer can tell them how to run their organisation for free.

The point I have been trying to make is that we have one of the longest continuous rail tracks that could be used in the event of war and in time of peace. If the infrastructure had remained, there could have been some continued use of the facilities. It would take a lot of money, foresight, and political will to use it again.
ANR
The TAR would be a liability for military use in time of war, not an asset. A single cruise missile launched from well outside territorial waters would take just minutes to convert it into a pair of useless branch lines terminating at a hole in the ground.

In peacetime, the ADF and its contractors already make use of the TAR in the same way that private companies do - getting rail operators to drag stuff to/from WA for them. If the military needed any extra 'facilities' along the way not applicable to civilian rail traffic, they would already have built them!
  ANR Deputy Commissioner

Interesting videos but plain bloody madness the way some people venture out into the desert. Fuel, spare wheels, water, breakdowns, snakebite (whatever). The fewer people out there the better. Too much to go wrong.

Don't know if Chinese/Japanese (?) tourists on put-put motor bikes still attempt the access track from Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta. They were frequent out there a few years ago.
YM-Mundrabilla
YM, it is definitely a harsh environment. The Youtube comments posted on the second video link in my earlier post had some people who worked in the gangs look back with nostalgia, while talking about other colleagues (and their spouses especially) who found the going very difficult...

The rocky section of track on the Nullarbor is sufficient deterrent to avoid the area, even in a 4WD. You would need a trailer full of spare tyres/tubes, etc.

So justapassenger, I can see then that our main threat to our south really is from pesky penguins and seals.

I think there is some merit in multiple air strips to the south e.g. using the Eyre Highway. Having multiple landing spots couldnt do much harm...



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg2-LDnzq_s
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I think there is some merit in multiple air strips to the south e.g. using the Eyre Highway. Having multiple landing spots couldnt do much harm...
ANR
I drove across the Nullabor a couple of years ago, and from memory there are multiple places on the Eyre Hwy which are marked as airstrips, for RFDS planes.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

I think there is some merit in multiple air strips to the south e.g. using the Eyre Highway. Having multiple landing spots couldnt do much harm...
Multiple airstrips like Ravensthorpe, Esperance, Eucla, Yalata and Ceduna