A southern Queensland meat processor says it is on track to make the switch from road to rail freight.
Fletchers obviously. Wingham was using rail until at least 1990. Casino is also located beside the North Coast Line.It would be interesting then to understand what sort of margin Aurizon is looking to make on the Oakey trains.
They would need to be sufficient to meet internal hurdle rates and probably on an agreed GM?
What might be interesting is cattle trains from QLD to NT or NT/QLD for slaughter?
What cattle processing plants are adjacent to the rail network in NSW? Aberdeen Meats used rail.
I believe with minor modifications the 48/830 classes could be certified to run on QR lines. To date neither PN or GWA have been bothered enough to explore this option - admittedly fifty year old 900hp locos aren't usually the best foundation for a new competitive contract. At the moment any six axle loco weighing over 64-tonnes can't run to Quilpie, and nothing over 94-tonnes can reach Winton or Clermont.Sulla1, I believe that more than minor modifications would be needed for the 48/830 class locomotives to run in Queensland. The headstocks and possibly the fuel tanks would need modification to meet the approved rollingstock outline.
What is the difference between the Qld and NSW/ARTC loading gauge?Depends which part of each state you are comparing with but overall huge.
Rollingstock built to plate A, 4270 high, 2970 wide and 22850 over body can operate on the NSW/ARTC network.What is the difference between the Qld and NSW/ARTC loading gauge?Depends which part of each state you are comparing with but overall huge.
- Sydney has DD stock, but this cannot run far past Broadmeadow.
- In Qld there are a number of profiles, Brisbane Suburban, CQ Coal network, NCL and SW/Western network are all different.