Railroad Australia: Series 1
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.
A 1.5 km long train travels one of the toughest runs in Australia. George Savell feels the pressure to keep millions of dollars of iron ore on the tracks, and Leigh Johns’ and Wil Kemp’s locomotive tackles Far North Queensland.
A monster sized freight train continues its 3000km journey through the Australian outback; Leigh and Wil prove to be more than just train drivers, and train tragic Bernie Baker battles the Blue Mountains in NSW.
Sugar cane driver Ray “Stinger” Giles battles fog and mechanical issues in a race to get to the mill before the sugar deteriorates. Fletchers’ drivers Mick Grantham and Simon Briggs are fighting with a massive freight train to descend the Blue Mountains.
A Fortescue track crew have just four hours to fix a faulty track – fail and it could cost their heavyweight iron ore company millions. Long haul SCT drivers Cookie and Ryan are battling a freight train with a fuel problem.
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.
Project manager Colm Hand faces delays that could cost his company millions of dollars. Ghan train manager Bruce Smith is dealing with missing passengers and extreme outback trainspotters Eddie and Dave are hunting down a train.
Vintage locomotive, “The Snow Train”, is senselessly attacked by vandals. Mark and Paul race to deliver grain and hay to Port, and in Far North Queensland, the Savannahlander drivers, Wil and Leigh, have an encounter with a stray cow.
Bernie Baker is on a tight deadline on board a vintage locomotive. Allie Hume is battling a temperamental engine in the Tasmanian rainforest, and on the Nullarbor Plain, track crews battle through the night to repair a section of rail.