National Rail Corporation
and the
Melbourne to Adelaide Standard Gauge...

It has been suggested to me that the "Problems Appear" and "National Rail Corporation" sections be re-written in a more objective fashion because this is an important part of AN's (and indeed Australian railway) history. I have written these in the way I have, from the perspective of someone who has been closely associated with the collapse of much of the South Australian economy because of bad decision making processes, often by those we could call "Wise Men from the East".

I shall take their advice and rewrite both of these chapters more objectively, but while the rewrite will remove some obvious anger that has crept in to my typing fingers (both of them !!), the rewrite will not present a changed viewpoint, merely one tempered with more journalistic finesse.

If you are interested, you may still access the previous version of this page. It has the same name, but with the extension .old. In the mean while, I shall rewrite what I previously wrote, which is all, naturally, "Without Prejudice". It is just my own personal opinion, formed as a result of many interviews conducted with present and past employees of the systems concerned - and it is viewed from the perspective of a South Australian - that is to say a "provincial" rather than someone important from the east coast of Australia.

Updated on 6th May 1999