Constructing the East-West Rail

Title:
Constructing the East-West Rail
NFSA ID:
32887
Year:
1979
Category:
Access fees

Rare archival footage from 1910 shows camels carrying heavy supplies across the desert. Railway labourers are building the 1400 km railway that will finally link Western Australia with the Eastern States.

A wide-ranging look at Australian railways, from the city underground to the railway of the remote outback. We see the six locomotive coal giants of central Queensland and the picturesque Normanton-Croydon rail car, epic journeys of the transcontinental Indian Pacific and a half-day vintage steam train excursion.

Constructing the East-West Rail Link is an excerpt from the film The Rail Way, produced by Film Australia for the Department of Transport.

A DVD containing this clip can be purchased from the NFSA's online shop.

Production company:
Film Australia