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11 Aug 2007: ONE YEAR ON TRACK!
« on: August 11, 2007, 01:17:48 PM »
RAIL Back On Track - Media Release 11 August 2007

ONE YEAR ON TRACK!

RAIL ? Back On Track (http://backontrack.org) a web based community organisation for the promotion of rail throughout Australia has now been online for one year!

Robert Dow said:

 ?RAIL Back On Track has been online now for a year.  During that year a solid membership has been built and a very wide readership and citizen feedback support base has also been established. RAIL Back On Track will continue to actively promote rail transport as the environmentally sustainable transport solution for long haul freight, passenger and commuter transport.?

?Governments around Australia are starting to respond with increased funding for rail based transport solutions.  This makes a lot of sense, particularly as the environmental costs and true cost of infrastructure support will start to hit hard less efficient systems. Increasing population pressures will dictate the rapid expansion of heavy rail passenger services; both commuter and long distance, as well as freight services.?

?Part of our mission is to be a strong advocate for public transport. RAIL Back On Track is committed to being a strong advocate for public transport commuters, commuters who have not always had a collective voice or been properly heard with their concerns and suggestions for improvement.?

?Anyone who is interested in Australian railway solutions for the benefit of all members of the community is most welcome to join us at www.backontrack.org ?

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Re: 11 Aug 2007: ONE YEAR ON TRACK!
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2007, 08:33:29 PM »
Some feedback received, thanks!

An example of how much rail has taken from road traffic, is to have a look at any of the east - west - east freight trains run by Pacific National and count how many containers are on the train. Then divide that number by two, and that'll give you an approximate number of road trains that used to cross the desert between Adelaide/Sydney and Perth. One train today was 1800 metres long with containers on every wagon. So there would have been at least 120 containers or 60 road trains.
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