It wouldn't take long to rebuild a single track. After every mishap on the transcontinental line e.g. derailment, wash away, etc, the damaged section of line has usually been reinstated quickly.
Our big land mass is the enemy's headache. We could send gangers across the entire TAR line in wartime. Ballast, concrete sleepers, spare rails etc can be dumped across a few dot points as preparation. It would have been nice to have living quarters in place, but canvas tents would do.
Even though Tindal would be a prime target, Alice would be wiped off the map first, thanks to Pine Gap. If Spencer Junction remained in operation, freight would probably not venture north of Kulgera. We would have to round up our camel population and put some teams together .... again, but this time, in post-apocalyptic Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome fashion...
I just had a thought... does Australia have a strategic oil reserve? What would power our NR Locos in wartime...
.... Back to the camel train....
Edited 24 Oct 2018 22:46, 2 years ago, edited by ANR
It wouldn't take long to rebuild a single track. After every mishap on the transcontinental line or derailment, wash away, the section of line has been reinstated so that freight can flow. The enemy would never know the line has been rebuilt because the first stage of any war would be to knock out satellites that can take photos and guide missiles to their destinations. Our big land mass is our challenge, but it is the enemy's headache. We could send gangers across the entire TAR line in wartime. Dump ballast, concrete sleepers, spare rails across a few dot points and be prepared. It would have been nice to have living quarters in place, but some canvas tents would do. If Spencer Junction and Katherine were cratered, assets from WA could be freighted north to South of Katherine via Tarcoola. One would hope that the world never goes in that direction.
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