Four pictures below concern the once operating railway museum
at Alice Springs.
Thanks for posting the photos. How far did the tourist railway go? I'm assuming there isn't much chance of it ever returning to operation :/
When I was last in Alice Springs a year ago the railway had long been closed. The web site page below would make it seem the line is still open but its surely unlikely
and the page would likely pre-date the closure.
The museum attendant told me the closure
was because of washaways and it was beyond the Society to repair the damage -- although it
no doubt could be repaired with some help. http://www.roadtransporthall.com/museums/old-ghan.html
The following text is from the website above and explains the information
you asked about.
The Old Ghan Heritage Railway Today:
The original narrow gauge (3ft 6ins) railway is closed, and the most of the original track has been removed. However,approximately 10km is still maintained for the Old Ghan to take tourists on excursions back in time.
The Old Ghan Heritage Railway is located at MacDonnell Siding, 10km south of Alice Springs, where there is a 1930s-style railway station built from the plans originally intended for Stuart (Alice Springs). The display area includes the station, museum, souvenir shop, tea rooms and restored locomotives and carriages.
The Old Ghan Rolling Stock:
The real deal - Old Ghan NSU 58 diesel electric locomotive.
When the Old Ghan runs these days, it is usually hauled by a diesel locomotive, with the steam engine being used on special occassions. It travels to Mt. Ertiva 8kms down the track further south. Your support will assist the Old Ghan Heritage Railway to gradually restore to some of its former glory this monument to Australian transport history.
There is a good picture of the tourist Ghan at the address below:http://www.roadtransporthall.com/images/stories/ghan2.jpg