Not until the Commonwealth Railways were authorized by national parliament was there a start on the truly Australia-wide system which now exists.
Construction of the Trans Australian Railway was started in 1913 and was not completed until the third quarter of 1917, finally connecting the Eastern States with West Australia’s Government Rail at Kalgoorlie.
It took 70 years more to get the transcontinental connection of the Indian Pacific train as a single gauge trip across the country from Sydney to Perth.
On its journey it crosses a perfectly straight stretch of 500 km (297 miles) on the Nullabor plain.
Although this banner named train has an excellent usage it has been a financial loss for the government and in 1998 it was sold to a private operating consortium.