Mt Barker to city in 61 minutes

Mt Barker engineer Douglass McCarty says passenger rail to the Hills needs to be more seriously examined by the State Government.

A local engineer believes an hour-long passenger train trip between Mt Barker and the city could be developed at a fraction of the cost of State Government estimates.
Mt Barker Residents Association member Douglas McCarty, who worked for a decade as a civil and structural engineer with Australian National Rail, has spent months developing a detailed proposal, which he says would cost up to $317m to upgrade infrastructure along the existing freight rail line, paving the way for a 61 minute journey between Mt Barker and Adelaide train station.