Get ready for a major annoucement here!
Hearing rumors from a couple of sources that a major contract is to be announced in the next few days.
If it is true it will lead to jobs for both drivers and new trainee drivers.
Yeah, I've just received a joint media release from AWB and El Zorro announcing they are running two trains (one SG and one BG) in NSW and Victoria.
Text follows below:
Monday 27th August 2007
AWB GrainFlow and El Zorro Rail Freight Agreement
AWB GrainFlow has entered into a rail freight agreement with El Zorro, a specialist rail freight operator based in Williamstown, Victoria. "The agreement provides for El Zorro to use two trains for moving grain from the AWB GrainFlow network and other bulk handling company country grain storages, with one train available for standard gauge track and one train for broad gauge track."
The trains will operate in Victoria and New South Wales.
AWB GrainFlow general manager Grant McDougall said this new partnership would allow GrainFlow to provide its customers with an integrated storage, handling and freight service.
“Our export and domestic rail customers will see the benefits of an integrated supply chain that efficiently, reliably and cost effectively moves their grain from paddock to port in the required timeframes,” Mr McDougall said.
“We will link our fast and efficient country storage sites to well-planned and managed rail services, to meet the demands of our customers.”
El Zorro business manager Geoff Tighe said that the partnership with AWB GrainFlow offered a great opportunity for El Zorro to broaden its footprint in the rail industry. “It provides us with a platform to become the preferred rail carrier for customers seeking reliable and high-quality service,” Mr Tighe said.
“The introduction of competition into the rail freight industry will lead to operational efficiencies and should be welcomed by all stakeholders.”
AWB GrainFlow is a subsidiary company of AWB Services Ltd. GrainFlow operates a network of 22 storage centres along the east coast and into South Australia.
El Zorro is an established niche rail operator. The company has expanded operations in the past three years and now operates freight train services for Queensland Rail and Pacific National, and grain trains for Genesee & Wyoming.
Media Inquiries: Peter McBride, AWB, 03 9209 2174 or 0417 662 451 or
Geoff Tighe, El Zorro, 03 9397 8288
AWB Limited ABN 14 081 890 413
380 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000 Australia
Telephone 03 9209 2000 Facsimile 03 9670 2782 http://www.awb.com.au