Andrews Govt Saves The Overland Train

Andrews Govt Saves The Overland Train

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne

Stepping In To Save The Overland For Western Victoria

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government will save the iconic Overland train service between Melbourne and Adelaide, which connects passengers from South Australia, Western Victoria and Geelong on the historical route.

Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne today announced the Government has stepped in to keep a key part of Australia’s transport history alive by providing $3.78 Million to help fund the route for 2019.

“We’ve stepped in because the Overland provides an important connection to South Australia and for people Western Victoria, and because it’s an Australian rail treasure.” Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne said.

“Communities from across Western Victoria have told us how important this route is for their travel and to the history of their town that’s why we’re continuing our support for this historic service.”

131-year-old route was put in jeopardy when the South Australian Government announced it would not be funding the service after 31 December 2018.

828-km service is operated by Great Southern Rail (GSR), which has been supported by both the Victorian and South Australian Governments since 2000.

VIC Minister for Public Transport Melissa Horne

Victoria Government has since pledged to ensure the twice-weekly service in 2019 also stops at:

  • Murray Bridge,
  • Bordertown,
  • Nhill,
  • Dimboola,
  • Horsham,
  • Stawell,
  • Ararat,
  • North Shore in Geelong.

Service first ran as the Adelaide Express in 1887, before becoming the Overland in 1926. It has been operated by GSR since 1997.