Watco wins GrainCorp's Queensland contract

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The first two Watco WRA class locomotives have arrived at Fisherman Island and are now on rail.

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco's two new NRE locomotives, WRA001 and WRA002, are currently being hauled west from Brisbane by a QR 1720, heading for Toowoomba and then Warwick.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

PN's 8314 has spent the day shunting Watco's new DGWY grain hoppers into the Wulguru Group's Townsville South Yard Workshops...presumably the wagons are getting a once over before the Watco GrainCorp contract kicks off on November 1st.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

PN's 8314 worked a rake of Watco DGWY grain hoppers south from Townsville today.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

QR's 1754 hauled newly delivered NRE-builds WRA003 and WRA004 from Brisbane to Warwick today.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

QR's 2195 has been sighting hauling Watco's 2188D (Watco Black and Yellow) and 2184D (Transnet Red) northbound on the North Coast Line through the northern suburbs of Brisbane this afternoon. Destination unknown at this stage, however Watco grain hoppers are currently stored at Mackay, Merinda and in several places around Townsville.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

QR's 2195 and Watco's 2188D worked between Mackay and Merinda yesterday to pick up new DGWY grain hoppers stored on the old Collinsville line since the end of October. The first Watco grain train is expected to run shortly from Mackay.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Sighted Fri 22/11/2019

1300hrs WRA001, WRA002, WRA003 & WRA004 with 2 new grain wagons, Watco yard, Warwick
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Some photos taken at Watco's Warwick facility on Friday.


WRA001 & WRA002


WRA003


WRA004


Watco/Graincorp wagons
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco's first grain/test train departed Mackay Harbour this afternoon with 2188D (Watco Black/Yellow) leading QR's 2195 (on lease) and 42 DGWY hoppers for Mt McLaren on the Aurizon's Blair Athol Branch.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco has operated its second grain service from Mackay Harbour to Mt McLaren on the Blair Athol Branch today, using 2188D and 2195 again.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco's 2188D has run north from Mackay to Townsville for the first time this morning, arriving at Garbutt just before midday to collect new hoppers stored there.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Watco's 2188D has run north from Mackay to Townsville for the first time this morning, arriving at Garbutt just before midday to collect new hoppers stored there.
Sulla1
I see some of those new wagons have already been tagged!
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco's 2188D has run north from Mackay to Townsville for the first time this morning, arriving at Garbutt just before midday to collect new hoppers stored there.
I see some of those new wagons have already been tagged!
Graham4405

That set has been stored in the Garbutt yard since late August, given their immediate surroundings, it's lucky those wagons still have all of their wheels.
  phil_48 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Wynnum North
I agree Sulla1 as I lived in Garbutt for 25 years before moving down here in 2011.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Having finished hauling chickpeas from Mt McLaren to Mackay for the season, Watco's 2184D was sent from Mackay to Cobarra - the closed QNI Nickel Refinery north of Townsville - this morning to collect the last of Aurizon's KOJX cattle wagons - owned by the Department of Transport and Main Roads since 2016. The 45 wagons have been moved south to Townsville. Aurizon continues to store a number of nickel ore and concentrate rakes at Cobarra on trackage it owns.

It's not known if Watco now owns these wagons, or plans to use the KOJX as is for cattle, or use the ex-QLX underframes as 40ft container wagons. These wagons can be quickly modified to container wagons by removing the cattle crates, which are attached with standard container fittings.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco is back in action around Mackay, with some extra Mt McLaren grain runs planned this week. The Central Queensland sorghum harvest is expected to begin in April, with regular running returning after that.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
What are the chickpeas and sorghum used for Sulla?  Domestic feed or export?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Watco are running after the traffic good on them.  They should also look to the massive amount of petroleum around McKay which is on b-Double trucks around 1 every 5 minutes.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Fair to say any chickpeas or sorghum arriving in Mackay by rail is for export. The chickpeas mostly go to India, and most export sorghum ends up in China for animal feed and alcohol production.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Perhaps its contractual, but im a little surprised that this stuff doesnt head south to the feedlots etc given the grain going there from Western Vic etc.

Interesting how markets work....
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

A lot of Queensland grain ends up at feedlots, but with deregulation of the industry, it mostly goes straight from farm silos to the feedlot. A lot of short road hauls in Southern Queensland where most Queensland feedlots are located, and very few feed distributors left large enough (or near enough) to use rail. All grain on rail in Queensland has been exclusively for export for close to two decades, although in the 1990s QR was still moving grain to feed distributers, flour mills and malting plants.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco has run two of its new WRA locomotives west from Warwick light engine today on the South Western Line. As far as I know this is the first time the WRA's have headed out towards Inglewood and Goondiwindi. To the best of my knowledge, Watco's Warwick fleet remains stranded by the QR ballast train derailment north of Wariwick last week, which caused signifcant track and bridge damage.

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