The all new Australian series Railroad Australia uncovers what it takes to transport ever-growing numbers of passengers and crucial resources across the country. In a wild frontier world of blistering heat and vast distances, an army of workers toil day and night to keep the nation’s lifeblood flowing, with help from some of the world’s most powerful trains. Australian rail operators are global leaders in heavy haul rail freight, moving some of the longest and heaviest freight trains and are vital to Australia’s biggest industries and the survival of many remote communities.
With unprecedented access, Railroad Australia goes behind the scenes to meet the train drivers, locomotive servicing crews and track maintenance teams on some of the toughest and most spectacular journeys. These are the men and women who keep this incredibly complex rail network running to schedule. From passenger trains to mining, freight and the crews who support them – this is the story of the intricate inner workings of a vital Australian industry.
(Source: Discovery CHANNEL)
The Ghan train manager Bruce Smith must entertain passengers while battling every problem the outback can throw at him. Rookie steam train driver Allie Hume is on a nail-biting ride through the Tasmanian mountain wilderness.
A Fortescue track crew have just four hours to fix a faulty track. SCT drivers Cookie and Ryan are battling a freight train with a fuel problem and Pichi Richi Railroad steam train guard Ben Graefe is facing stormy outback conditions.