A N's Problems really start...

Creation of National Rail Corporation
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.

Melbourne - Adelaide Standard Gauge
This was the missing link in the national unified gauge system, catered for by default by extremely efficient automated bogie-exchange facilities at Dynon at the Melbourne end, and Dry Creek South at the South Australian end, which the Victorian railway authorities and Australian National Railways had argued, cajoled, and pleaded for over a decade, to closed ears on the part of the holders of the government purse-strings.

This topic is covered in detail in the "chapter" about National Rail, as the two should be read together under the policies of the then Federal Government and its transport minister.

Track Access
Once National Rail had been created, as an additional track user, some financial accounting authority needed to be established to obtain payment on a tonne-kilometre basis for usage of the rail system by a "private operator", as such an occasion had never existed before this time in either the old SAR or CR territory. This is covered in detail in the chapter "Track Access".

Perhaps we should pause a moment, going back a bit in history and examine what passenger trains had ever been running, and which were progressively axed through cost-cutting exercises. This aspect is detailed in the chapter about Passenger Trains.

Updated on 6th May 1999