Mackay Port Access for rail

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Grabbed quite a few pics around the lines into the port.  Starting with a test post. Taken early January 2020.  The lines show the down direction into the port from the road crossing.  These two lines head into the grain area.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
This image from the above location but looking UP toward the network away from the Port.

  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The rails are a little rusty from the 200mm of rain the weekend before you were there, but Watco has been using the grain loop most days since then, while the sugar lines won't see a PN train until mid-June when Proserpine starts crushing again.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I take it the too left tracks are the loop?



A closer look at the down side of the crossing and into the port. Fresh renewals can be seen.



The third line is show crossing the road to a gate which is locked.



Sign on the gate



The gate "line" looking UP

  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Additional shine for those rails with a ship load of new Aurizon 106-tonne coal hoppers currently being unloaded at the Mackay Harbour today. PN imported new rollingstock through Mackay for the first time in 2019, and Aurizon has followed it up with this arrival. G&W hoppers could well be next.
  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

As with carrington and Port Pirie Mackay should be added the list of rail accessible ports on dock.

Is petroleum imported via Mackay port and is rail used?

Is Townsville also on dock rail?

Also nice pictures and lots of rust on those rails.

Where does the rail line past the gate go that was not mentioned.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Mackay is Queensland's second largest fuel port, with around 1.5-million tonnes of petroleum products - mostly from Singaporean refineries - imported each year. Most of this goes to more than fifty Bowen Basin coal mines, which are also supplied by Townsville (3rd biggest fuel port) and Gladstone (4th biggest fuel port). Rail hasn't been used for fuel out of Mackay since the early 2000s, and the last Queensland fuel on rail - Townsville to Cloncurry and Mt Isa -  ended in 2017.

Mackay is currently repositioning itself from a mostly bulk port to a multimodal like Townsville, with a big emphasis on Ro-Ro. Townsville is heavily committed to container growth. Mackay doesn't have direct ship to rail capability, Townsville does, but in practice most dock transshipments are generally road based.
  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

Amazed those large volumes of petroleum goes via road and nothing on rail.

Is this by choice of the importer or they don’t like rail?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The long term decline of fuel on rail in Queensland isn't much different to anywhere else in Australia, however the end of the Mackay region fuel can be directly linked to the extreme capacity crunch the Goonyella Line suffered between 2003 and 2008. QR literally ran out of locomotives and crews as the China boom took off, with local fuel, ethanol, most sugar and molasses traffic dumped to road during this period as QR scrambled to meet coal demand.

Naturally the trucking industry has since built up its capacity to handle the non-coal tonnages on hand with little likelihood of returning to rail. Even without the mid-2000 debacle, fuel would have probably moved to road eventually, as it has done west of Brisbane and Townsville over the last two decades.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Additional images just catalogued







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