EXACTLY 100 years after it opened on October 22, 1917, a ceremony was held at Port Augusta (South Australia) to commemorate the opening of the Trans-Australian Railway between Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie (Western Australia).
A week previously, a simpler ceremony had marked the centenary of the physical completion of the line at Ooldea, around 700km from Port Augusta, on October 17, 1917, the line opening just a week after the construction teams from east and west had met.
The 1,711km-long line was built as standard gauge although the lines it connected to at both ends were then 1,067mm gauge.
The line includes the world’s longest continuous straight section of railway line – a 478km section across the almost uninhabited Nullabor Plain.
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