Alice Springs to Adelaide/Pinarroo

 

Monday 27th July.  Overnight Ghan  train to Adelaide – By road Adelaide SA to Pinaroo SA via the Princes & Mallee Highways.

A reasonable night sleeping on the rain despite a rickety rail track but not so good for some local Steers. Generally speaking the land adjoining the rail track is unfenced and much of it is pasture land, the rest is desert scrub. Unfortunately at about 2am the train came upon some Steers wandering along the track. Some of them were killed and in the process some collateral damage was caused to the leading part of the train, resulting in a loss of water to passengers travelling in the cheap carriages. We slept through it all and only found out about the incident via the PA. By 1.30pm we were in Adelaide, the car was quickly off loaded and a journey of just over 3 hours saw us in Pinnaroo, our first of three overnight stops on the way home.

Sunday 26th July

Our first night aboard the train was a pleasant one. A very nice 3 course meal and then off to bed. Fortunately on this leg of the journey the train halts for 5 hours overnight to allow freight traffic to use the single track that is all there is available. So we had an OK night’s sleep and a slap up Aussie version of a full English Breakfast to start the day off on the right footing. At 11.15am the train arrived in Alice Springs for a four hour stop to enable passengers to go on excursions or just explore the town at their own pace. We chose the latter course. Not knowing what to expect of Alice we found it be fairly typical dry Aussie town without any particular or remarkable endearing features. The street market was in full swing and this added a bit of life and colour to the proceedings. At 3.15pm the train departed and we headed out into the Simpson Desert, bleak but magnificent scenery in its own right. The evening was once again a delight with good food and company in abundance. And so to bed for our second and last night on The Ghan.

ODO reading from Clarenza = 6241.8 kms

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