South Yard's new owners lease the former Aurizon Workshops

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The Wuluguru Group received their own steel deliveries via rail until the early 2000s, with steel delivered to the Stuart station sidings near the company's fabrication plant. There's no indication their move to South Yard will see a return to rail deliveries, but it wouldn't be entirely impossible at the moment.

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  Fatty Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
The Wuluguru Group received their own steel deliveries via rail until the early 2000s, with steel delivered to the Stuart station sidings near the company's fabrication plant. There's no indication their move to South Yard will see a return to rail deliveries, but it wouldn't be entirely impossible at the moment.

http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/company-steeled-to-grow/news-story/ce9cb1346d6c97c40fe69cee88a6c685
Sulla1
Unlikely I think. The last time I went past the only road still connected in South Yard was the Wool Road which wouldn't be very useful for deliveries with most of the other trackwork being removed. More likely to have steel delivered by truck from one of PNs two Townsville yards.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
The Wuluguru Group received their own steel deliveries via rail until the early 2000s, with steel delivered to the Stuart station sidings near the company's fabrication plant. There's no indication their move to South Yard will see a return to rail deliveries, but it wouldn't be entirely impossible at the moment.

http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/company-steeled-to-grow/news-story/ce9cb1346d6c97c40fe69cee88a6c685
Unlikely I think. The last time I went past the only road still connected in South Yard was the Wool Road which wouldn't be very useful for deliveries with most of the other trackwork being removed. More likely to have steel delivered by truck from one of PNs two Townsville yards.
Fatty

So no way of getting steel into the new area by rail?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The Wuluguru Group received their own steel deliveries via rail until the early 2000s, with steel delivered to the Stuart station sidings near the company's fabrication plant. There's no indication their move to South Yard will see a return to rail deliveries, but it wouldn't be entirely impossible at the moment.

http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/company-steeled-to-grow/news-story/ce9cb1346d6c97c40fe69cee88a6c685
Unlikely I think. The last time I went past the only road still connected in South Yard was the Wool Road which wouldn't be very useful for deliveries with most of the other trackwork being removed. More likely to have steel delivered by truck from one of PNs two Townsville yards.

So no way of getting steel into the new area by rail?
x31
At the moment the sidings into the buildings that will be used still exist, but have been disconnected from the Jetty Branch. The track in the yard was owned by Aurizon, but with the sale to Honeycombs, the rail may now have a new owner, so technically rail deliveries would be possible, but, as Fatty noted, all steel moving into Townsville is on intermodal containers now, and would most likely continue being delivered by rail to the intermodal terminal at Partington and trucked to South Yard. Most "shunting" these days is done by trucks unfortunately and even if an all rail routing is possible, I can't see anyone but a shortline "terminal style" operator (as happens in Cairns) doing shunting around Townsville.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Word is Wulguru Steel has leased the workshops after winning the GATX sulphuric acid tanker contract from UGL. The contract will involve the 200-ish acid tankers built by UGL Bohle for the Phosphate Hill acid traffic. QR will be reinstating the turnouts removed earlier this year to the former Aurizon yard shortly. So, it appears the South Yard workshops will be back in the rail business.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Great success.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
So, it appears the South Yard workshops will be back in the rail business.
Sulla1
I thought the area was to be redeveloped as a major sports stadium?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The "Super Stadium" is already under construction across the road in the former QR maintenance precinct. The latter area has been vacant since the North Coast Line loop through the old station was removed in 2003. Honeycombs, the new owner of South Yard, has largely redeveloped the North Yard precinct around the old station with apartments, university campus, cinemas and media centres, so it's a bit of surprise they were keen to retain South Yard for rail workshop purposes.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Townsville Council now crying about the proposed line between Mount Isa and Darwin.  My heart bleeds given they have trashed rail in the area.  Sorry, a beautiful old station is unusable, the operators have been kicked out to a smaller yard limiting capacity and a major road built to the port at the request of the council.
  nightjar Station Master

Location: Sunny Coast
Word is Wulguru Steel has leased the workshops after winning the GATX sulphuric acid tanker contract from UGL. The contract will involve the 200-ish acid tankers built by UGL Bohle for the Phosphate Hill acid traffic. QR will be reinstating the turnouts removed earlier this year to the former Aurizon yard shortly. So, it appears the South Yard workshops will be back in the rail business.
Sulla1
As someone who has recently left Townsville, this is great news - even if it is only temporary.

I trust someone up that way will be able to grab photos once the yard is back up and running?
  Fatty Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Townsville Council now crying about the proposed line between Mount Isa and Darwin.  My heart bleeds given they have trashed rail in the area.  Sorry, a beautiful old station is unusable, the operators have been kicked out to a smaller yard limiting capacity and a major road built to the port at the request of the council.
"x31"


I agree about the station. Selling off the rail corridor to developers and cutting of the old station was criminal. I'm sure that there was much dirty cash swimming around to secure that deal.

South yard was old and inefficient with  most trains having to be broken up due to short road lengths. Aurizon received a substantial amount of money when they were "kicked out" of South Yard and had the opportunity to build a yard of whatever capacity they liked at the Stuart site. As is the norm these days with Aurizon the Stuart yard was designed by management with little operational experience and overseen by accountants. As a result they built an slightly more efficient but far from adequate yard that is definitely not big enough now that all they'll be using it for (I assume) is Mt Isa trains. It's not the council's fault that Aurizon is managed by idiots.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Townsville Council now crying about the proposed line between Mount Isa and Darwin.  My heart bleeds given they have trashed rail in the area.  Sorry, a beautiful old station is unusable, the operators have been kicked out to a smaller yard limiting capacity and a major road built to the port at the request of the council.


I agree about the station. Selling off the rail corridor to developers and cutting of the old station was criminal. I'm sure that there was much dirty cash swimming around to secure that deal.

South yard was old and inefficient with  most trains having to be broken up due to short road lengths. Aurizon received a substantial amount of money when they were "kicked out" of South Yard and had the opportunity to build a yard of whatever capacity they liked at the Stuart site. As is the norm these days with Aurizon the Stuart yard was designed by management with little operational experience and overseen by accountants. As a result they built an slightly more efficient but far from adequate yard that is definitely not big enough now that all they'll be using it for (I assume) is Mt Isa trains. It's not the council's fault that Aurizon is managed by idiots.
Fatty

The Stuart yard really was a wasted opportunity. The "good yard design" book was thrown out so a committee could put together a camel that doesn't work properly for any of the invested business groups. Artificially restricting the length of the intermodal roads for the sake of a locomotive turning angle, building in the southern yard throat so it can't be expanded, missing the opportunity to add additional RE roads. The 1000m Dugald River trains will have to be broken in two to use a yard that is just one year old and was still being designed when the Dugald River contract was signed...unbelievable.

The only thing that will keep this yard funtional is the fact the number of trains originating, terminating or needing inspections will have dropped from around 36 per day in December 2016 when it opened to as few as 6 per day next year. During the same period PN and its 2005-built yard and nearby QR-owned Partington, will have gone from around 7 per day to as many as 34 per day next year.
  Fatty Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne

The Stuart yard really was a wasted opportunity. The "good yard design" book was thrown out so a committee could put together a camel that doesn't work properly for any of the invested business groups. Artificially restricting the length of the intermodal roads for the sake of a locomotive turning angle, building in the southern yard throat so it can't be expanded, missing the opportunity to add additional RE roads. The 1000m Dugald River trains will have to be broken in two to use a yard that is just one year old and was still being designed when the Dugald River contract was signed...unbelievable.

The only thing that will keep this yard funtional is the fact the number of trains originating, terminating or needing inspections will have dropped from around 36 per day in December 2016 when it opened to as few as 6 per day next year. During the same period PN and its 2005-built yard and nearby QR-owned Partington, will have gone from around 7 per day to as many as 34 per day next year.
"Sulla1"


I was a wasted opportunity. So many problems with that yard - not enough hard stand space for containers and equipment, roads too short to be useful, pointless waste of space angle, track circuits that required trains to be within 8 metres of a signal to get a light, only two intermodal pad roads. Most of these inadequacies were pointed out by on the ground staff but were ignored.

Having worked in both yards the 10+ year old PN yard is a much better design. It would have been better if there was a connection to the copper refinery branch but that's another story.

I wonder if there's any expansion works for the PN yard being planned? Plenty of space for some extra roads and a turntable. A turntable was plannedduring the last lot of trackwork there but cancelled due to cost. With all the new work they might be needing it now.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

It will be interesting to see what PN does with its yard, there'll be 45 to 50 locos based there next year. More loco and maintenance roads must be high on the list if nothing else.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Makes me think about what new yards or upgrades might be required in Queensland for the inland rail project.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

New trackwork at the Jetty end of South Yard is now under construction, including a headshunt, for the Wulguru Group's "new" rail maintenance facility.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The first of the GATX owned OSZY sulphuric acid tankers leased by Incitec Pivot have arrived at the Wulguru Rail Maintenance facility - the former Aurizon South Yards. UGL had previously built and maintained these tankers for GATX at the Bohle plant and Wulguru taking over this contract is likely to result in a significant shake up in rollingstock maintenance around Townsville, with Aurizon, Wulguru, UGL and Progress all now having substantial facilities in the city.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

After just over a year of maintaining GATX's sulphuric acid fleet in Townsville, it appears the Wulguru Group is about to begin an additional maintenance contract with Aurizon, with six VCA 106-tonne hoppers waiting outside Wulguru's South Yard facilities. UGL's Bohle workshops in Townsville's northern suburbs has been working on Aurizon's older 104-tonne VH-series fleet for several months, and with the possible addition of Wulguru to the mix it seems Townsville is about to become the external maintenance hub for Aurizon's 6,500 narrow gauge coal hoppers.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
An amazing turnaround for Townsville with the job creation and all the activity.

With coal running further south how will wagons get to Townsvile for servicing?
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
VH wagons are 106t also.  They have 104t stickers on them, but they were upgraded quite a while ago
(bogies) to be 106t gross.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

VH wagons are 106t also.  They have 104t stickers on them, but they were upgraded quite a while ago
(bogies) to be 106t gross.
EMBaldwin
Thanks EM, learn something new every day Smile
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

An amazing turnaround for Townsville with the job creation and all the activity.

With coal running further south how will wagons get to Townsvile for servicing?
x31

Aurizon runs a regular pickup freight most Mondays (8221) to Townsville that is almost exclusively used to transfer Aurizon wagons and locomotives from as far south as Rockhampton, Jilalan, Mackay and Pring to Aurizon's Stuart Workshhops and UGL at the Bohle. I guess this train may become either longer or more frequent if hopper transfers to and from Townsville increase.

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