- Platinum – a private spacious cabin with double or twin beds and very nice meals included about $1900 per person from Adelaide to Sydney
- Gold Sleeper – Champagne on arrival, Meals included, with lounge chair by day and sleeper by night. Access to a lounge car included. $700- $1000 Adelaide to Sydney
- Red Sleeper – cafeteria style meals, cozy but comfortable cabin, shared shower and a lounge car. This will set you back $500 to $800one way. The full price for the Red Sleeper is more than a 5 star hotel room in Sydney -for a lot less comfort! That seems an excessive fare.
- Red Sitter – a seat which reclines to 60 degrees and access to cafeteria style meals ..fares range from $49 to $175
The nice thing about train travel is you make friends. Here are my “Lounge mates”. Left to right, Rebecca who lives in Houston, Texas (but is originally from Louisiana), me, Will and Helen from the Central Coast region of NSW. We enjoyed Scrabble together.
There were also some other “interesting” characters on the train including one woman who threatened one of the train crew with assault when he asked her to remove her feet from a seat.
After an evening of work and Scrabble, I retired to the next carriage: The Red Sleeper and my cabin with beds 21 and 22.
|View from the train|
The trip starts on the edge of Adelaide city, crawls through the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide, through pasturelands and small towns to the outback. It passes through several towns including what was the railway town of Peterborough, now a shadow of itself. We were late into Broken Hill which meant the tour of the town that many of the train were going on was cancelled. Sunset was just outside Broken Hill so we didnt see much after leaving the “Silver City”.
View from the train
Train crew were excellent. I was very very impressed with their friendliness, “can do” attitude and efficiency.
With this trip, another significant gap in my journeying over the Australian rail network is filled!