The Australia by Rail app reviews journeys including the cross-country Ghan.

The Australia by Rail app reviews journeys including the cross-country Ghan. Photo: Reuters

Australia by Rail

By Sutro Media, sutromedia.com
For iPhone, Android
iTunes Store, Google Play
$2.99

SORRY, trainspotters, there are no alerts for when the Sunday 3.22pm Sandringham train is pulling in, but this app is a comprehensive guide to Australia's rail networks, with about 100 reviews of rail experiences, including the Ghan, Daylesford Spa Country Railway and Queensland's Kuranda Scenic Railway. There's an introduction to the app by the author, Tim Richards. He's a travel writer and it shows, with interesting and thoughtful reviews. Information is clearly presented, with photos and a map, but I'd like to see longer train routes mapped. There are interesting facts sprinkled throughout. Did you know Melbourne has the largest tram network in the world? Or that across Australia, discarded railway lines have been turned into ''rail trail'' walking and cycling routes? Australia by Rail is well thought out and easy to navigate.

Collect: Photo a Day

By The Lens Lab, thelenslab.com
For iPhone and iPod Touch
iTunes App Store
Free

FANCY a calendar album that documents your daily life through photos? The Collect: Photo a Day app lets you store and present one or more photos of each day in different calendars that document different aspects of your life, such as the growth of your pets, children, vegie patch and fashion sense; or use a calendar to record a moment of your life each day. There's room for captions, tags and notes, but I'd like to see simple editing features to improve my dodgy shots. Collect is easy to use and has a simple display. Photos and data can be connected to the iCloud service.

WORTH A LOOK

Paul Keating Insult Generator

By Synthetica
iTunes App Store, Google Play
99¢

IS THAT a Paul Keating in your pocket, or are you always this rude? Tweet, SMS or just enjoy a treasure trove of creative insults based on the master of mockery's famous put-downs. Those were the days.