Australian Rail Track Corporation
is a federal government
owned corporation established in 1997 that owns, leases, maintains and controls the majority of main line standard gauge
railway lines on the mainland of Australia
, known as the Defined Interstate Rail Network (DIRN).
The Interstate railway infrastructure, owned by Australian National's "Track Access", was transferred to the Federal Government-owned Australian Rail Track Corporation in 1998. This consists of the track from Kalgoorlie
to Broken Hill
and Serviceton, Victoria
. The Tarcoola to Alice Springs line was transferred to the AdRail Consortium (now part of FreightLink) as part of a deal to build the railway between Alice Springs and Darwin in 2000.
The ARTC also manages, under lease, the interstate standard gauge rail network in New South Wales and Victoria, and has rights to sell access between Kalgoorlie and Kwinana
to interstate rail operators under a wholesale access agreement with the WA track owner and operator, WestNet Rail
. It leases and operates the standard gauge line between the NSW/QLD border and Acacia Ridge in Queensland since 16 January 2010 and also "has a working relationship with Queensland Rail
about the use of the standard gauge line between Acacia Ridge and Fishermans Island". ARTC "has a working relationship with Queensland Rail about the use of the 127 kilometres... Read More