Errr, No, as 4000/4100s will still be needed for Minerva, and the Moura line.
What is the total distance of the electrification project ?
Queensland really know how to make these projects happen.
16 months or that length is a great achievement.
If only Victoria could get it act together. I recall there being a peoposal for the 1988 bicentenary of Australia to electrify the Sydney to Melbourne main.
The flow on effects of the electrification is now being felt in North Queensland. Several Callemondah 4100s are currently being transferred to Pring and Stuart is picking up the Pring based 4000s and a couple of 4000s from Callemondah...the latter should free up a few more 2800s from the Mt Isa line to be moved to the North Coast Line.
How many 2800's are being returned and where will they be based?The 2800s will still be based at Stuart (Townsville) - all of the QLD based 2800s have been allocated to Stuart/Townsville since their introduction in 1995, they just won't be needed as much for the Mt Isa line. I believe the four Pring 4000s have/or are moving to Stuart, and at least one Callemondah 4000 has arrived too, so that's at least five 2800s potentially now freed up from the Mt Isa line workings. Currently there's between five or seven 2800s needed for the remaining Mt Isa line services not using 4000s, so this round of loco transfers has the potential to end regular 2800 workings on the Mt Isa line...but they'll probably still show up on cattle and work trains.
Currently there's between five or seven 2800s needed for the remaining Mt Isa line services not using 4000s, so this round of loco transfers has the potential to end regular 2800 workings on the Mt Isa line...but they'll probably still show up on cattle and work trains.
2800's will still be used out west, specially for 6M54 / 9255. They are needed for route tuition, as they are equipped with a third seat.This too. But I figure most 2800 class will still be used to haul mainline freight from Brisbane to Cairns return. Seeing lots of intermodal headed to and from the port as Y8xx/YCxx, usually double-headed 2800's. A few have even been double 2800's plus a 90t DEL.