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Re: Papua New Guinea Rail
In article <34B9B791.3D45@tbsa.com.au>,
peter berrett <email@example.com>
>Has anyone seriously contenplated a railway line from Cairns to Port
>Moresby? I realise that this may look a little far fetched but let me
>run through a few points;
>1. We spend millions in aid (including developmental aid) each year to
>PNG. A rail line could significantly improve the economy of PNG by
>providing a direct link for tourists coming from Queensland and freight
>coudl easily pass between the two countries.
Are you serious or are you trying to
start a "stranger than fiction" thread
Have you ever been to PNG or Irian Jaya?
The topographic problems alone would
immediately deter anyone from even
planning a venture like this.
Tourism...declining everytime a European
gets killed/injured/hassled up there.
Freight...Burns Philp gave away shipping
passengers then freight as there was not
enough to warrant the replacement of
their aging island trader fleet.
Karlander from Denmark tried to make a
go of it on a regular basis but put
their hands up also.
Nowadays a drop off of containers in
Moreby, Lae and Rabaul is about all that
happens with the occasional load of
timber, coffee and lesser still of copra
leaving the country.
>2. Any such line could be extended to Irian Jaya at a later stage thus
>assisting to develop this region as well.