Spectrum 562. The great westbound whistle stopper

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The rail route across Australia from Sydney to Perth is one of the world's great train journeys - the famous Indian-Pacific Express. Spectrum voyages over 3000 km from Sydney westward to Kalgoorlie recording the variety of the Australian continent and talking with the people who undertake this epic journey.

Jack Perkins interviews Lyle, the front cab diesel driver as they pass through the railway settlement of Cook and across the Nullarbor Plain. Lyle explains the difficulties the express has with kangaroos looking for water.

Actuality as an American female passenger boards the train and checks-in. The conductor describes the various functions of carriages and chef talks about his job and supplying to passenger loads. Actuality from dining car.

Perkins returns to his roomette, ten minute stop at Broken Hill station and interviews with passengers about the social and geographical experiences of travelling by train. Other places Perkins names they travel through includes Peterborough, Dry Creek, Tent Hill, Bookaloo and the remote settlements named after Prime Ministers; Barton, Fisher, Cook Hughes, Deacon and Reed.

Interview with ticket officer in the isolated settlement of Cook and train guard, Brian Masters. After two days and two nightson Perkins descends the train in the mining town of Kalgoorlie before the express continues on to Perth.

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Year 1987

Reference number 1502

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Credits RNZ Collection
Owen, Alwyn (b.1926), Producer
Perkins, Jack (b.1940), Interviewer

Duration 00:39:20

Date 08 Jan 1987

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