with regard to train volume the GWA website provides the following information.Freight Services
Genesee and Wyoming Australia (GWA) runs six intermodal freight services a week between Adelaide and Darwin and hauls bulk fuel and bulk minerals from mines along the railway to East Arm Port to link with shipping routes to Asia.
- GWA operates six services a week from Adelaide to Darwin
- GWA carries about 800,000 tonnes of intermodal freight and 70,000 tonnes of bulk liquids a year between Adelaide and Darwin
- Intermodal trains are up to 1800 metres long and weigh 4500 tonnes
- Rail delivers intermodal freight between Adelaide and Darwin at a lower cost than road with comparable transit times
- Online access to intermodal freight bookings is through Freightweb.
For more information:http://www.gwrr.com/operations/railroads/australia/genesee_wyoming_australia
- GWA operates 24 bulk trains a week between mine sites and East Arm Port in Darwin
- GWA carries more than 3 million tonnes of bulk freight a year
- GWA’s operation of the AustralAsia Railway will drive strong long-term mining growth along the corridor
- GWA holds major contracts with the OM Manganese Bootu Creek mine in Central Australia, Territory Resources’ Frances Creek iron ore mine, and OZ Minerals’ Prominent Hill copper and gold mine. Prospective new clients include WPG’s Peculiar Knob iron ore mine in South Australia and the expansion of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine.
- GWA’s Adelaide-to-Darwin service operates intermodal freight terminals in Darwin, Katherine and Tennant Creek and has access to terminals in Adelaide and Alice Springs.
- GWA has direct access to bulk minerals handling facilities at East Arm Port and has built train-loading sidings on the main line at Wirrida, Muckaty and Unions Reef for the loading of bulk minerals.
- These port, terminals and rail sidings are gateways for customers to get goods to markets.
Great Southern Railways, operator of the legendary Ghan passenger service, ran its first service on the AustralAsia Railway in February 2004 after arranging access with operator FreightLink.
The Darwin Passenger Terminal is next to the Darwin Business Park, in the East Arm Development Area off Berrimah Road. The Berrimah terminal, adorned with spectacular Larrakia artwork, was designed as a temporary facility to support the start-up phase of a rail passenger service.The Journey
Route: Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin
Duration: 2 nights in either direction
Distance: 2979 kilometres
Frequency: Twice weekly Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin.