The Inland project will get DS from Brisbane to Melbourne via Illabo and south. Six Tunnels, and numerous overbridges
What are the obstacles north of Illabo to SSFL for DS?
Biggest obstacle was $214m (2008)
In its 2008 IA submission ARTC indicated Melbourne – Sydney double stacking provided operators a cost saving of 1.5% to 2.5% and significant additional capacity. They suggested a 2015/16 timeframe in a high growth scenario. The report also referred to the intermodal terminal at Moorebank as facilitating the introduction of double-stacking.
Thanks for that, shows you that perhaps S-M on its own probably isn't worth the effort, but if the Inland is built to DS, then the cost-benefit analysis has significantly less cost and also includes freight to Adelaide/Perth/Darwin and would more than likely completely change the economics and hence within 5 to 10 years of the Inland being built DS trains would be headed to Sydney.
1) Within last 6 weeks in one of the many Inland threads, someone posted the Western Qld coal current coal sources/tonnages and future projects expected, maybe Sulla. I've looked but I cannot find. If someone can point me right direction, appreciated.
2) Probably a year ago, someone posted the current tonnages on rail for inter-capital freight, ie S-B, S-M, B-M, S-A etc again in one of the many Inland threads. I have Sims in my head, again if someone can point me in the right direction I would appreciate it.
I'll keep looking