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Track Gauge
The distance between the inner faces of the rail of a railway track. In Australia the main gauges are broad, narrow and standard.
Trailer Car
A passenger vehicle in a multiple unit train which has no traction power equipment.
See State Transport Authority of South Australia.
Trans-Australian Passenger Train
The Trans-Australian Passenger train ran between Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie. It began in 1917 and was eventually cancelled in 1991 following poor patronage and a severe cut back in the frequency of the service.

Trans-Australian, circa 1917.

Initially it was all sleeping class with only irregular way side situp passenger accomodation being provided. In the 1960s regular situp was provided, but this was eventually withdrawn. Situp was again introduced in 1981 when it was added to the Trans-Australian and Indian Pacific services.

Trans-Australian with GM 1 and wooden cars, circa 1951.

In 1983 the Trans-Australian was reduced from 4 to 3 services and the economy class sleeping cars were replaced by additional first class cars. Later the same year another Trans-Australian service was removed so that The Alice train could be inaugrated. The Trans-Australian was cut to a single weekly service on 9 February 1991, leaving Adelaide each Wednesday, but this was short lived as this service was cancelled later that year.

Trans-Australian Railway (T.A.R.)
First Express at 408 miles, 1917.

This railway extendes from Port Pirie to Kalgoorlie. The first sod for the Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie section was turned on 14 September 1912 with the line being completed on 17 October 1917. An extention to Port Pirie was opened on 23 July 1937 when the South Australian Railways extended the line from Red Hill. It is standard gauge.

Tarcoola to Alice Springs Railway (T.A.S.)
Ghan logo on car side.

Tarcoola to Alice Springs Railway. Work commenced 12 April 1975 on a replacement for the narrow gauge track from Marree to Alice Springs. The new route, via Tarcoola, was opened in 1980. It is standard gauge.

Australian Nationals Traffic Information Management System (TIMS), it was closely linked to a system for tracking wagons know as the "Wagon Maintenance System (WMS)".
Troop Train
A troop train on Port Augusta Wharf.

During World War II special trains were run that carried only military troops. These were generically referred to as "Troop Trains".

Due to a shortage on rollingstock on the North Australia Railway and Trans-Australian Railway a number of cattle vans were converted to carry troops as part of this operation.

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