Different rail gauge forces trains onto trucks

 

News article: Different rail gauge forces trains onto trucks

Toll NQX has been forced to haul five 22-metre trains on the back of trucks from Queensland to South Australia due to differences in rail gauges.

  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Toll NQX has been forced to haul five 22-metre trains on the back of trucks from Queensland to South Australia due to differences in rail gauges.

The 129-tonne trains, each worth $6 million, were hauled from Maryborough to Whyalla on five separate 2,200km long truck journeys spanning three states.

Toll NQX manager John Gunning says the trains had to be delivered to South Australia via truck as Queensland has a different rail gauge to the rest of Australia.
Different rail gauge forces trains onto trucks


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Can somebody please tell them the difference between a train and a locomotive? The statement that this mode of transport was necessary due to different rail gauges is a falsehood. The latest Perth suburban sets are being railed from Maryborough to Perth despite different gauges. But then if the media stuck to facts they wouldn't have anything "interesting" to say!

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  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Besides railgauge, there may be problems with axleload, loading gauge though tunnels and bridges. Also route via rail may be too roundabout.

Queensland hauls 150,000,000 tonnes of freight. So what if 1,000 goes by road.
  M636C Minister for Railways

Besides railgauge, there may be problems with axleload, loading gauge though tunnels and bridges. Also route via rail may be too roundabout.

Queensland hauls 150,000,000 tonnes of freight. So what if 1,000 goes by road.
awsgc24

How much more horrified would they be if they knew the locomotive frames had been built in Port Augusta, 70 km from Whyalla, trucked to Maryborough for completion and trucked back again....

M636C
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
These would have been the GWN class locos for the Whyalla Iron Ore NG network.

It wasn't long ago a number of new locos went by road from Queensland through to Western Australia.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Besides railgauge, there may be problems with axleload, loading gauge though tunnels and bridges. Also route via rail may be too roundabout.

Queensland hauls 150,000,000 tonnes of freight. So what if 1,000 goes by road.
"awsgc24"


Queensland's narrow gauge moved nearly 210,000,000 tonnes of freight last year - the entire 'conventional' standard gauge network moved just under 190,000,000...so maybe we have the wrong 'standard' gauge on the east coast...
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I am a little lost (no comments please Smile )

What class locomotives are these and where are they to run?

Regards
Brian
  SantaFe5811 Station Staff

Location: Perth, Western Australia
I am a little lost (no comments please Smile )

What class locomotives are these and where are they to run?

Regards
Brian
bevans

Brian, they are the 5 new G&W "GWN Class" locos for narrow gauge operations in SA.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
What class locomotives are these and where are they to run?
bevans


Pressman would have been correct when he said above:

These would have been the GWN class locos for the Whyalla Iron Ore NG network.
Pressman
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I am a little lost (no comments please Smile )

What class locomotives are these and where are they to run?

Regards
Brian
bevans
Been in service for the last 5 months at Whyalla.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Queensland's narrow gauge moved nearly 210,000,000 tonnes of freight last year - the entire 'conventional' standard gauge network moved just under 190,000,000...so maybe we have the wrong 'standard' gauge on the east coast...
Sulla1
Thanks for the data.

.... non-Pilbara SG hauls 190,000,000....

What does Pilbara SG haul?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Thanks for the data.

.... non-Pilbara SG hauls 190,000,000....

What does Pilbara SG haul?
"awsgc24"


Just under 500,000,000 last year...with expectations of a 580,000,000 tonne haul during this financial year. Very big biccies.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Walker's of Maryborough built steam locos for Commonwealth Railways. How did they get delivered?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Probably by rail.

I've been told the roads weren't quite so good back then.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Walker's of Maryborough built steam locos for Commonwealth Railways. How did they get delivered?
"awsgc24"


They went by ship...Walkers also had a shipyard in their complex and the locos were loaded in Maryborough and shipped to South Australia...same goes for the Tasmanian Q class and perhaps even the Emu Bay DHs (but that last one I'm not sure about).
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
FYI, today's Daily Telegraph has an article on p23 about a company specializing in out of gauge loads, not limited to locos and trams, but transformers and giraffes. It is called "Over Dimensional Life and Shift".

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