Operating Facts & Figures
Since the new 1420 kilometre section of track opened in January, 2004, the railway has operated profitably, with a rapidly growing freight task:
- since operations began, over 10 million tonnes of general freight and bulk minerals have been carried on the railway
- there are two passenger services a week operated by Great Southern Railways
- more than 500,000 passengers have travelled on the Ghan to the Territory since 2004.
- 6 general freight trains a week operate between Adelaide and Darwin, with another 24 trains a week from mining sidings to ports in Darwin and Adelaide.
- bulk minerals freight has grown from 45,000 tonnes in the 2006 financial year to 3 million tonnes in the 2010 financial year, with a predicted increase of 1.2 million tonnes a year including iron ore freight from northern South Australia to Port Pirie
- the railway has captured more than 90 per cent of contestable freight on the corridor
- international freight is expected to grow as markets are established.