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The Overland

Locomotive NR6 leading the last unrefurbished 'The Overland', though Moorabool, near Geelong. Photo Marcus Wong via Wikipedia   It was terrible to discover this week that The Overland , the only rail service between Melbourne and Adelaide, faces an imminent axing due to a lack of financial support from the South Australian government. The Overland holds a special place in my heart, in many ways helped to define me as a person in so many ways both large and tiny. I want to share with you some of the memories I have of this wonderful service. I was born in Melbourne, but most of my mother's family lived in Adelaide. In the days of my childhood air travel, especially for a larger family, was prohibitively expensive so when we visited my grandparents, uncles and cousins it was all but once by land. That meant a two day drive or an overnight ride on the train. The current Overland service is operated by the same private company that runs the luxury Indian Pacific and