In April 1963, the Federal Government decided to replace the narrow gauge line with a new standard gauge line to create an East-West rail corridor from Sydney to Perth. The new line opened in January 1970. Parts of the new line are on a different alignment than the old narrow gauge route. For example, the new line bypasses the town of Oodla Wirra, and followed a new alignment rather than the route of the Silverton Tramway.
The 371 kilometre line is single track throughout with 13 crossing loops.
The main traffic on the line is interstate freight trains operating between Sydney, Parkes, Adelaide and Perth with the majority operated by Pacific National and SCT Logistics. Genesee & Wyoming Australia operate intrastate services.
- Crystal Brook - Kanandah map SA Track & Signal
- D15 Broken Hill to Crystal Brook Australian Rail Track Corporation April 2014
- PGladstone Archived 28 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine National Railway Museum
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- Broken Hill Railway Precinct NSW Environment & Heritage
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- Rail Transport Memorandum of Outstanding signed with Genesee & Wyoming Australia Carpenteria Exploration 31 October 2012