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Work Starts on Rail Link Through Outback

April 09, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Workers began laying tracks for a railroad that will complete Australia's north-south rail link and provide a new trade route to Asia.

The $685-million, 880-mile line that will cross the desert Outback will link Darwin--Australia's closest seaport to Asia--with the central city of Alice Springs, where it will connect with an existing railway to the southern coastal city of Adelaide. The line has been planned for a century.

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