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Darwin theory

Letters

I read with great interest the article on the construction of the Darwin to Alice Springs railway (NCE 8/15 August. ).

The possibility of the construction of this 'missing link' was a project that fired my imagination as a young engineer.

But my vision also included a link to the eastern seaboard by way of a line from Tennant Creek, some 600km eastwards, to join the existing Queensland railway system at Cloncurry.

This would have given traffic from the east coast of Queensland, plus perhaps mineral trains from the Mount Isa area, direct rail access to Darwin, assuming the provision of a multi-gauge section of track - similar to that which existed between Perth and Kalgoolie - from Tennant Creek northwards.

I am curious to know if such a link was considered as part of the scheme and, if so, why it was rejected.

JD Cowrie, 7 Cherry Hill Road, Alloway, Ayr KA7 4TE

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