The Ghan Train
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The Ghan Train
The name of the train is derived from the Afghan cameleers who were the transport
method used in the early days of exploring in the dry areas of inland Australia.
The largest eagle on earth, the Australian wedge tail eagle, conveys a sense
of power, momentum and purpose.
It is used as a symbol of the freedom and adventure experienced by one of
the world's great rail journeys on the
between Sydney and Perth.
But that's jumping ahead -
runs from Adelaide to Darwin through the middle of Australia.
This work in bronze by
is a life size replica of the Australian Wedge Tail Eagle.
The train's logo.
A panaroma of the train - some 30+ carriages.
1100km from Adelaide is the town of
population 100. The train stops here to see the sunrise, and breakfast.
Next Stop: Alice Springs
in the MacDonald Ranges on the southern side of Alice Springs.
The cameleers used it, the road and rail line go through.
And the folding of the rock strata at about 30 degrees shows the enormous
forces at work.
The Alice Springs train station, where we left the train for a while to visit
places in or around Alice.
The statue honours the Afghan cameleers who transported goods around the interior
of a harsh country.
There is a narrow gap in the ranges a few km west of Alice. During the wet season
the dry river bed flows quite quickly.
Darwin is the destination for this train,
but we stop for an "off train excursion" at Katherine 320km south of there.
of 6,300 (2016 census) makes it a metropolis by comparison with Marla.
Katherine is the gateway to Nitmiluk National Park, which includes Katherine Gorge.
The river level rises significantly during the wet season (summer down south).