Steel road across a continent

Australia, 1953

Film
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The Trans-Australia railway from Port Augusta to Kalgoorlie stretches 1109 miles across the continent. Completed in 1917, the railway took 3500 men four and a half years to complete. Twenty year later, it was extended to Port Pirie. The film shows behind-the-scene servicing of the train and constant checking and maintenance of the entire length of track with specialised machinery designed for that purpose.

Credits

director
production company

Commonwealth Railways

Fortune Film Productions

Duration

00:15:55:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1953

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

28907

Language

English

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Kalgoorlie (W.A.)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Port Augusta (S. Aust.)

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Locomotives - History

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Railroad trains

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Railroads - Australia

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Railroads - Construction

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Transcontinental Railway (Sth Aust. and N.T.)

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Transportation - Australia

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

History → Australia - History - 20th century

History → History

Places → Kalgoorlie (W.A.)

Places → Port Augusta (S. Aust.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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