$100 million to save The Overland

ABC Radio Adelaide challenged listeners to come up with a plan to save The Overland, for under $100 million and within 10 years. Hot Rails thinks it can be done for $50 million and within a year…

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Track geometry


One of the primary cost drivers of high-speed rail is the fact that the track must be far straighter and flatter than standard rail lines. In order to achieve this, far more earthworks, bridges and tunnels are required, which are extremely expensive. Hot Rails aims to use tilting trains to achieve high…

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Configuring the track


Australia’s low population density means that the track length per station will be relatively high when compared to European or Asian rail networks. The upshot of this is that capital costs will greatly dominate the total cost of any railway system – the cost of rollingstock will be comparatively minor. Capital…

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