Where does the line go to? And have there been any plans to electrify it?
The line links the port to the Forrestfield - Kwinana line at Cockburn Junction, and the container trains from the north wharf use this around two to four times per day. This should expand with the new crossing loop south of the power station, and the extension of the loading sidings at the north wharf to around 700m from 450m.
The SG rails were nice and shiny yesterday when I went through to Cicerellos for fish and chips, but the NG rails are nice and brown. The wharf access and sidings are all dual gauge, but no NG container trains use the link at this stage.
The dual gauge is there so intermodal trains can run to regional centres off the SG, such as Bunbury, Albany, Geraldton which can't take the large container vessels. There are issues with running large containers under the wire, the short section over the bridge has the highest wires on the network so an extension to Cockburn whilst nice to have, has engineering issues. Also, the planned growth in rail tonnage was supposed to be exponential and with the enhanced port facility, capacity will become an issue on the single line.
In theory could the Australind railcars run on the line south of Fremantle? What about the Prospector railcars on the dual gauge?
Do the big overseas liners still come into Freo and disembark tourists onto Perth Metro rail system ?