Media Release 

4 November 1998

Open House on Wheels

On Saturday, 7 November 1998 the legendary Ghan train will be open to the 
public at Platform One, Spencer Street Station, Melbourne. The Ghan will be 
on display from 10am to 4pm. This is the first time The Ghan has been to 
Melbourne for an open day. This is an exciting opportunity for the Melbourne 
community to inspect a world class train.

The Open Day is to celebrate the extension of The Ghan service from 
Melbourne to Alice Springs from 18 November 1998. The original Adelaide to 
Alice Springs service has been extended to leave Melbourne to Alice Springs 
via Adelaide and return on a weekly basis.

First Class and Holiday Class Sleeper carriages, dining and lounge cars, one 
Coach Class carriage and a National Rail locomotive, painted in an aboriginal 
design will be open for public viewing.

Open Day is a fantastic chance for Melburnians to view The Ghan before 
Sydneysiders, as the train does not commence services from Sydney until 
April next year. 

A Ghan merchandise stand and information booth will be set up on Platform 
One. Admission to the Open Day is free.

A fantastic discount of 20% off the price of travelling on The Ghan will be 
available on the day. To collect this discount, visitors to The Ghan Open 
Day need to collect a flyer from Great Southern Railway staff.

The Melbourne to Alice Springs journey will take 36 hours and travel an 
amazing 2,383 kilometres. The Ghan will leave Spencer Street Station, 
Melbourne, each Wednesday evening and will accommodate 275 passengers.

Great Southern Railway staff will be on hand to answer any questions about 
The Ghan and the other two trains that they operate - The Indian Pacific and 
The Overland.


Prepared and issued by Savage Communications on behalf of Great Southern 
Railway. For further information on Open Day or any of the three trains, 
please contact:

Leslie de Wit						Emma Sturgiss
Great Southern Railway				Savage Communications
Tel: 08 8213 4520					Tel: 02 9959 3822
Mob: 0419 848 507					Mob: 0412 457 321