Timetable - Alice Springs to Darwin

 
  Clarke Hudswell Junior Train Controller

Would anyone be able to give me a lead to the whereabouts of, or better still a detailed, timetable for all trains between Alice Springs and Darwin, please? There does not seem to be much information in this regard around. Any help will be appreciated

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Would anyone be able to give me a lead to the whereabouts of, or better still a detailed, timetable for all trains between Alice Springs and Darwin, please? There does not seem to be much information in this regard around. Any help will be appreciated
Clarke Hudswell
Judging from the lack of response this must be the most uninteresting or secretive railway on earth.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Considering only 233,000 people live in the Northern Territory (and many of then nowhere near the railway) there's a good chance there's not too many Railpagers up there. North Queensland has 750,000 residents but only four or five regular Railpage contributers.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
with regard to train volume the GWA website provides the following information.

Freight Services

Genesee and Wyoming Australia (GWA) runs six intermodal freight services a week between Adelaide and Darwin and hauls bulk fuel and bulk minerals from mines along the railway to East Arm Port to link with shipping routes to Asia.

Intermodal Products
  • GWA operates six services a week from Adelaide to Darwin
  • GWA carries about 800,000 tonnes of intermodal freight and 70,000 tonnes of bulk liquids a year between Adelaide and Darwin
  • Intermodal trains are up to 1800 metres long and weigh 4500 tonnes
  • Rail delivers intermodal freight between Adelaide and Darwin at a lower cost than road with comparable transit times
  • Online access to intermodal freight bookings is through Freightweb.

For more information:
http://www.gwrr.com/operations/railroads/australia/genesee_wyoming_australia

Bulk Products
  • GWA operates 24 bulk trains a week between mine sites and East Arm Port in Darwin
  • GWA carries more than 3 million tonnes of bulk freight a year
  • GWA’s operation of the AustralAsia Railway will drive strong long-term mining growth along the corridor
  • GWA holds major contracts with the OM Manganese Bootu Creek mine in Central Australia, Territory Resources’ Frances Creek iron ore mine, and OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill copper and gold mine.  Prospective new clients include WPG’s Peculiar Knob iron ore mine in South Australia and the expansion of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine.
Terminals
  • GWA’s Adelaide-to-Darwin service operates intermodal freight terminals in Darwin, Katherine and Tennant Creek and has access to terminals in Adelaide and Alice Springs.
  • GWA has direct access to bulk minerals handling facilities at East Arm Port and has built train-loading sidings on the main line at Wirrida, Muckaty and Unions Reef for the loading of bulk minerals.
  • These port, terminals and rail sidings are gateways for customers to get goods to markets.

Passenger Services

Great Southern Railways, operator of the legendary Ghan passenger service, ran its first service on the AustralAsia Railway in February 2004 after arranging access with operator FreightLink.
The Darwin Passenger Terminal is next to the Darwin Business Park, in the East Arm Development Area off Berrimah Road. The Berrimah terminal, adorned with spectacular Larrakia artwork, was designed as a temporary facility to support the start-up phase of a rail passenger service.

The Journey

Route: Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin
Duration: 2 nights in either direction
Distance: 2979 kilometres
Frequency: Twice weekly Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
so for timetables the following are provided from http://www.gwrr.com/operations/railroads/australia/genesee_wyoming_australia/gwa_service_schedules



main loading for the freight services from/to the south is out of adelaide. wagon interchange does occur from the eastern states in adelaide (not sure about the western loading or if there is any loading transferred to/from darwin for western customers?)

wagons interchanged in adelaide are put on/off PN services for the eastern states or were once. perhaps GWA does some of this now?
  ClarkeHudswell Beginner

Thankyou JimYarin
  Zodiac Junior Train Controller

Location: The Never Never
I've found it interesting that the North bound timetable, if it can be called that can be found, but the return journey seems not to be published.

Is there a reason for this ?

Living in the North I know of a couple of what seem to be scheduled departures, one being the Saturday morning 10.30am to 11am intermodal,  which crosses a North bound freight at Katherine at around 3pm. The departure yesterday at a CLP leading by the way.

I'm pretty sure, but don't quote me, there is  a Friday departure around 11am ? Anyone please feel free to correct me.

There will of course be others but I'm not aware of the times.

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  justapassenger Minister for Railways

I've found it interesting that the North bound timetable, if it can be called that can be found, but the return journey seems not to be published.

Is there a reason for this ?
"Zodiac"
I'm guessing that it would be due to the vast majority of freight flowing north and trains out of Darwin being treated as backhaul, with the prime concern for scheduling being getting the backhaul trains into the passing loops in time for the northbound trains to cruise through on the mainline.

I'm sure that any companies wanting to get freight on southbound services would be able to get a schedule from GWA.
  Zodiac Junior Train Controller

Location: The Never Never
That's true I guess, you only have to look at the truck traffic heading south on the Stuart Highway to see 99.9% are running empty, so it's not a stretch to image rail traffic is the same.

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