The Alice (Retired) - Australia

The Alice (Retired)

The Alice was an Australian passenger train service that ran between Sydney and Alice Springs from November 1983 until 1988. It was still operating in October 1987, but had ceased by mid-1988.

Running weekly it was operated with stainless steel carriages hauled by State Rail Authority 46 class and 86 class electric locomotives from Sydney to Lithgow where a 80 class diesel took over for the journey to Broken Hill from where Australian National GM class locomotives took over for the journey to Alice Springs.

The Alice Overview

Service Type:
Passenger train
Status: Ceased
First Service: 14 November 1983
Last Service: 1988
Former Operator(s): State Rail Authority
Australian National

Route Start: Sydney Central
Route End: Alice Springs
Distance Travelled:
2,800 kilometres
Service frequency: 1 per week
Train Number(s): WE3/WE4
Line Used: Main Western
Broken Hill
Trans Australian
Central Australian

Rolling Stock: Comeng stainless steel carriages
Track Gauge: 1,435 mm

The Alice Route Map
  • Alice Springs
  • Kulgera
Northern Territory / South Australia Border
  • Tarcoola
  • Kingoonya
  • Pimba
  • Port Augusta
  • Peterborough
South Australia / New South Wales Border
  • Broken Hill
  • Menindee
  • Ivanhoe
  • Euabalong West
  • Condobolin
  • Parkes
  • Orange
  • Bathurst
  • Lithgow
  • Sydney Central


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