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Wednesday, July 12, 2000
Olympic flame completes train journey across Outback

  PORT AUGUSTA, Australia (AP) -- The Olympic flame arrived here on Wednesday after completing a 30-hour journey aboard the Indian Pacific transcontinental train across Australia's Outback plain.

  The flame, housed in its own rail car, left the remote Western Australian gold mining town of Kalgoorlie late Monday night and made a whistle-stop tour of 11 tiny towns.

  Ceremonies were held in towns such as Loongana, which pinpoints the western end of the longest straight stretch of railway track in the world, running 295 miles.

  More than 11,000 runners are scheduled to carry the torch on its 26,875-kilometre trip around Australia, culminating Sept. 15 at the Olympic stadium in Sydney for the opening ceremonies.

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