The iconic Ghan is back on the rails

 The Ghan one of the great railway journeys of the world.
The Ghan one of the great railway journeys of the world.

The iconic Ghan is back on the rails after suspending services for almost half the year because of the pandemic.

The Ghan, which famously crosses the continent from north to south in three to four days, left Adelaide yesterday and can expected to travel through Katherine tomorrow.

Operators of the train, Journey Beyond Rail, has adopted a JourneySafe plan to keep passengers safe from the virus.

The east-west Indian Pacific service from Sydney to Perth remains suspended because of WA border restrictions.

Passengers on the Ghan have been told all arrivals into the NT need to complete a border declaration form and have a printed copy with them ready to be signed by border officials.

This needs to be completed 72 hours before travelling and needs to be presented upon check-in.

If a guest is from an area that has since been declared a 'hotspot,' - Victoria and Greater Sydney - they will need to self-isolate upon arrival into the Territory.

The operations safe its JourneySafe plan is based on expert advice and implements enhanced cleaning and hygiene procedures while initiating new measures like physical distancing.

To accommodate physical distancing on the train, guests will be allocated specific meal times, as well as scheduled times to spend in communal spaces such as the Outback Explorer Lounge area.

When moving throughout the train, guests will be asked not to congregate in corridors, instead move into their cabin or the open end of the carriage to allow for safe passing.

Each cabin will have its own supply of hand sanitiser and wipes. There will be communal hand sanitiser in lounge areas and provided before getting on and off the train.

All guests will have their own ensuite.

All guests' names and contact details to enable contact trace if required.

Temperature checking will also be conducted in Darwin and Adelaide.

"We request guests do not move throughout all parts of the train and stick to their specific accommodation and dining carriages."

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