the ghan

Before the arrival of the railway, the only way to get supplies to Alice Springs was by camel train.  The camels originally arrived with their Afghani handlers, so the railway earned the nickname of Ghan in honour of these pioneers,

The railway finally reached Alice Springs in the 1920s, but it was a narrow-guage track and trains were frequently stranded if heavy rain washed away the trackbed.  In 1980 the line was rebuilt with standard-guage track and re-routed further west so it was out of the Finke River's floodplain.

Heading South (56kb) DSC01499.jpg (47kb) Finke River (44kb)
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Vashty, the stewardess. (61kb)    
the ghan
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