The Indian Pacific is a twice-weekly passenger rail service running between Perth and Sydney, Australia operated by Great Southern Railway, with locomotives provided by Pacific National, usually led by an NR class. The train first ran in 1970 after the entire 4352 kilometres route between Sydney and Perth was converted to standard gauge.
The journey takes 65 hours, passes through three states, and travels along one of the world's longest straight stretches of railway track when it crosses the Nullarbor Plain..
The train continues south to Port Pirie, then inland to Crystal Brook, and south to Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. It returns along the same track to Crystal Brook, then turns east again towards Broken Hill.
Occasionally due to trackwork or other reasons the Indian Pacific is diverted via the cross-country line from Parkes to Stockinbingal, arriving into Sydney via the Southern Highlands line instead of via the Blue Mountains line.
Red Kangaroo service, the equivalent of economy class, features either airline-style "sit-up" seats similar to other Australian trains, or dual-berth shared sleeper cabins. It also has its own restaurant car. .
The train also has a facility which carries passengers' motor vehicles, branded as a "motorail". .
In recent years, the Indian Pacific has operated a Christmas Train with a notable music personality on board.
Some of the performers on board have been: David Campbell (2007), Human Nature (2006), Guy Sebastian (2005), Jimmy Barnes (2004), John Paul Young (2003), Marcia Hines (2002), John Williamson (2001) and Nikki Webster (2000).
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