Adelaide & Melbourne connected by rail for the first time

The Intercolonial Express was the first rail service that linked Adelaide with Melbourne, with the facility also remembered for pioneering inter-capital rail transportation in Australia. Originally, the overnight journey of 828km was estimated to take 18 hours with the aim of expanding South Australia’s economy by transporting goods to the Port of Melbourne in Victoria. Later on, the service was renamed as the Melbourne Express and then The Overland, as it is now known. Refurbishment and upgrading of the service also resulted in the first diesel powered rail service starting off from Adelaide to Melbourne in 1951. Today, the trip between Adelaide and Melbourne takes ten and a half hours and operates six times a week.