Oakey processing plant expansion on cards as Government funds rail upgrade

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 08 Apr 2016 10:25
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The upgrades will allow Oakey Beef Exports and other processors to access cattle from a number of points along the line, stretching west to Quilpie.

"Morven will be a pivotal point," Mr Gleeson said.

"It gives us a lot of access to cattle from Longreach, Landsborough area and also from Quilpie, so we see that as a significant part of this project."
Somebody


Sounds like some long hauling of cattle from the mid parts of the state.

Oakey processing plant expansion on cards as Government funds rail upgrade

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  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
The Quilpie loading point was upgraded some years ago at significant cost. I would be astounded if Charleville, Roma and Morven loading points were in a fit state to handle traffic. I was through all these places several times last year and most of the infrastructure looked fairly neglected.

As such I think the traffic estimates from Quilpie might be slightly optimistic, meaning the next round of negotiations will be over who pays for upgrading any of the additional loading points.

Of course, those discussions might well be underway now...
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Great news Sulla1.  I remember voicing my frustration on previous posts when it seriously appeared this wasn't going to happen.  As stated previously this investment is a mere drop in the ocean to protect and enhance a regional business of this scale.   This coupled with other recent announcements does appear to be a bright spot in what was previously a grim looking picture for regional rail freight.  I think albeit still way too slow, that Governments are realizing that agriculture is a long term huge export opportunity for the entire country and that many other opportunities do exist to support that sector through investing in improved regional rail freight infrastructure to enable improved productivity and reduced costs.  For sure it doesn't mean we'll see this happen everywhere but it does demonstrate there are opportunities.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Great news Sulla1.  I remember voicing my frustration on previous posts when it seriously appeared this wasn't going to happen.  As stated previously this investment is a mere drop in the ocean to protect and enhance a regional business of this scale.   This coupled with other recent announcements does appear to be a bright spot in what was previously a grim looking picture for regional rail freight.  I think albeit still way too slow, that Governments are realizing that agriculture is a long term huge export opportunity for the entire country and that many other opportunities do exist to support that sector through investing in improved regional rail freight infrastructure to enable improved productivity and reduced costs.  For sure it doesn't mean we'll see this happen everywhere but it does demonstrate there are opportunities.
Trainplanner

This is a great post and I too am happy that at least some governments are now realising investment in regional rail networks is vital for sustainable export.  Perhaps someone in the Queensland Government should call the transport Minister in Perth?
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
Agree it's a good outcome for the factory, jobs in the Oakey region, and retention of the western line for freight traffic.

Love to see Downssteam running a special out that way, eventually.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Love to see Downssteam running a special out that way, eventually.
locojoe67
Or SDSR! Wink
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Latest news, work has begun on the rail connection...

http://www.gattonstar.com.au/news/work-starts-multi-million-dollar-rail-upgrade/3078782/
Sulla1

Yep Queensland just gets on with it.  Victorian exporters are still waiting for rail relief.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Latest news, work has begun on the rail connection...

http://www.gattonstar.com.au/news/work-starts-multi-million-dollar-rail-upgrade/3078782/

Yep Queensland just gets on with it.  Victorian exporters are still waiting for rail relief.
bevans
This is great, but hardly Qld just getting on with it. What was the last thing this govt did in a similar fashion? More like great start, lets keep it going!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Latest news, work has begun on the rail connection...

http://www.gattonstar.com.au/news/work-starts-multi-million-dollar-rail-upgrade/3078782/

Yep Queensland just gets on with it.  Victorian exporters are still waiting for rail relief.
This is great, but hardly Qld just getting on with it. What was the last thing this govt did in a similar fashion? More like great start, lets keep it going!
RTT_Rules

The number of sleepers being replaced and the amount of work described makes one think the Queensland Rail are building the inland railway!

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/work-begins-on-rail-upgrades-for-oakey-beef
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Will this other news with regard to a new major abattoir at Jimbour lead to the reopening of the Jandowae branch as far as Jimbour?

http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/4105381/jobs-boost-as-jimbour-welcomes-major-abattoir-development/
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

I guess anything is possible now that the Queensland Government has established a precedent to fund industry sidings...I'm sure it's only a matter of time before another company asks for the same treatment as Nippon Meats. Although the Jimbour meatworks would still be reasonably small compared to some of the other rail served abattoirs. Is the Jandowae corridor still intact? It's more than twenty years since I last saw the line.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
For 20,000 tonnes per year I doubt it, especially as some of this is pork which will probably come from a more local location.  The Oakey plant is stated in the linked news in post 1 to be processing 11,500 head per week.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Is the Jandowae corridor still intact?
Sulla1


The corridor is fine. The track has been disconnected from the main (at Tycanba) and is in poor state. Track at level crossings has been tarred over. The last train (an ARHS railmotor excursion) ran in June 2006. As seems to happen all level crossing signage along the line was replaced after the last train ran and is still intact. Similar to what is happening at Oakey, I suspect the existing track would need to be removed, any repairs to the formation made and new track laid. Without having checked, I suspect the 2011 floods would have had some impact on low lying sections of the formation. A short stretch of new corridor would need to be provided, perhaps using the part of the road reserve along Macalister - Bell Road and into the abattoir site.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Will this other news with regard to a new major abattoir at Jimbour lead to the reopening of the Jandowae branch as far as Jimbour?

http://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/4105381/jobs-boost-as-jimbour-welcomes-major-abattoir-development/
Graham4405

Well there is also the bio refinery adjacent to the line and accessible as possible additional traffic.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
How many tonnes is that capable of taking?  And what does it use, sunflower, safflower, canola??
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
How many tonnes is that capable of taking?  And what does it use, sunflower, safflower, canola??
james.au

Not sure.  It is a tank farm and is just north of Dalby on the branch.

This another potential source of traffic.

  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Here is some info

http://biomassproducer.com.au/case_study/australias-first-grain-to-ethanol-plant/#dalby

Looks like they source locally, which probably means they don't need rail access.  200,000 tonnes though is a decent volume to move.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Plus there's the equivalent of around 23 wagon loads of ethanol produced each week, most or all of which would be going to Brisbane. Sorghum is also Central Queensland's main summer cereal crop, so railing some of the grain is probably realistic if the price was right.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Plus there's the equivalent of around 23 wagon loads of ethanol produced each week, most or all of which would be going to Brisbane.
Sulla1

From the refinery seen in the google maps link?
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Where are the refineries/mixing plants in Brisbane?  The plant is owned by United Group which suggests to me that it gets mixed into their fuel.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Eagle Farm, Bulwer Island (the closed BP refinery) on the north side and Fisherman Islands and Lytton on the south side. BP, Caltex and Shell (Viva Energy) have major import terminals at Fisherman Islands. Caltex still has an oil refinery at Lytton.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
How many tonnes is that capable of taking?  And what does it use, sunflower, safflower, canola??
james.au
Sorghum
  5915 Chief Commissioner

Update on progress of siding reinstatement at Oakey.

All old rail and sleepers removed and trackbed cleared of vegetation. Second hand welded rail being positioned.(was stopped at the rail crossing this morning briefly to wait for a long section of rail being dragged behind a front end loader across the roadway - new meaning for rail crossing!) Additional works around road crossing to facilitate re-activation of lights and bells.  Concrete sleepers stacked adjacent the site.  No sign of reinstated turnout from the main yet.


5915
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
Well, fancy that.  Keeping the old rails and sleepers in place *didn't* have any effect on whether the line was reopened.

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