Does anyone know why Mooroopna did not qualify for the State Government's Mode Shift Incentive Scheme? Tocumwal does.
Mooroopna is too close to the terminals to put it on the train. Any of you who work in containerised freight will understand the following:
1- Vessel cut off say wednesday evening 2200hrs at Patrick 1 East. Via road, containers could be loaded at as late as 5 or 6pm wednesday afternoon/evening and trucked into the terminal in time.
Via Mooroopna rail terminal the same container would need to be loaded by Monday morning, for pick up by midday at the latest. It would be loaded on the train monday arvo for a 6pm departure. In melbourne by the early hours of tuesday into Appelton rail terminal.
From there Patrick will put it on a super B and take it into the terminal for the wednesday evening cutoff..... Can you see the problem?
Now lets factor in that it may be a reefer container. What are you going to do for power at Mooroopna from Monday to Wednesday?? Do you expect the generator on site to work? Do you think there will be space on the train's genset that wont be consumed by toc freight once its loaded?
Also lets talk about container "free time." Say your MT reefer is released from the yard in Melbourne on Monday, it is trucked into Appelton Rail to be loaded onto tuesday evenings down service, unloaded Wednesday morning in mooroopna. You load the reefer for next weeks service to asia departing from partick 1 east with the wednesday night cutoff. You have consumed 9 days if all goes to plan, without hiccup. No DAFF inspections of the container allowed in that time, no spare time for stockpiling boxes to cope with fluctuating orders and deliveries.... No flexibility at all.
All this and the prices to go via rail are equal or higher than road, and road prices were the only thing holding the rail to account, otherwise they would have skyrocketed many years earlier.
Compare infastructure required with road compared with mooroopna rail.
Road - $270k for a sweet as new k200 prime mover
-$100k for a nice set of b double trailers with alcoas and all the shiny smeg
-Somewhere to park it up, and someone to wash it for you! and with that you can deliver up to 32 x 20 odd tonne containers into the terminal each week.
So with two trucks and 3 drivers you can do the work of an entire rail terminal in Mooroopna..
Why is Toc successful.....????
Distance. You can not run a truck to do two trips from toc to melbourne each day, meaning your truck can only do 6 trips per week or 12 20ft boxes. Therefore the equipment required increases significantly, and with the greater distance there is less road competition.
Got to roll, dont argue, just comprehend.