DESERT DELAYS "You're coming on the Ghan?" said the people I had to meet in Adelaide. "Well, we'll allow for you being a little late." I was taking the train down from Alice Springs and was somewhat mystified by their comment. "I don't know why they said that," remarked the train manager in mock surprise. "It only happens about 99% of the time." But comfort rather than speed is the point of the rail tripmost berths on this overnight run cost more than a business-class seat on Qantas. The cozy sleeping cabins are plainly but comfortably furnished and feature enough clever...

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