A few people locally have asked me the following question in relation to the TAR anniversary and I thought I would share it with you.
They wanted to know if the Indian Pacific would be at the event on the Sunday.
We had lengthy discussions with Great Southern Rail in relation to changing their Indian Pacific timetable as a ounce off rescheduling.
The Indian Pacific currently travels through Port Augusta in the early hours of Thursday morning heading west (at least I think that is the case as I am not willing to get out of bed to verify it !).
Unfortunately GSR felt that it would impact their current service. It would mean cancelling a service and replacing it with one that could stop in Port Augusta on a Sunday. We started discussions about a year ago but were eventually told that it would impact other tourism operators that relied on the service. I guess GSR has a business to run and as such I understand their dilemma.
They generously agreed to donate a trip for two Gold Class Sydney to Perth (or vice versa) on the IP. Entry is open to anyone at the event on the 22nd of October. The draw will be on the day.
They have also donated the same prize to the Royal Australian Mint for those buying the special anniversary coin set.
They are also giving certificates and the special Australian Mint Coin Set to anyone travelling on the IP in October. There will also be a new onboard Centenary commentary during that time. GSR are also looking at a number of media opportunities during the second half of the year to promote the event both locally and on the international stage.
Of all the groups and companies we have approached with regard to the anniversary GSR, although unable to alter their IP schedule, have been the most generous which is greatly appreciated.