Bairnsdale intermodal facility

 
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
According to a local media report yesterday, Fenning Timber is considering construction of a full service intermodal terminal on the site of the former Bosworth Rd log loading facilty, which it ran for about 10 years in the early 2000s.

The company indicated that it would include a large hardstand, upgraded 3 phase power for refrigerated containers and associated security/lighting.

It also stated that the new Stratford bridge and associated rail upgrades were assisting factors, and that it could be operated in conjunction with the QUBE paper train.

At 280km from Melbourne, Bairnsdale is a contestable distance for rail freight - the company now intends to commission a business case to test its proposal.

Fennings operate a hardwood sawmill adjacent to the site, which will obviously be significantly impacted by the forthcoming ban on native hardwood logging.

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  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
According to a local media report yesterday, Fenning Timber is considering construction of a full service intermodal terminal on the site of the former Bosworth Rd log loading facilty, which it ran for about 10 years in the early 2000s.

The company indicated that it would include a large hardstand, upgraded 3 phase power for refrigerated containers and associated security/lighting.

It also stated that the new Stratford bridge and associated rail upgrades were assisting factors, and that it could be operated in conjunction with the QUBE paper train.

At 280km from Melbourne, Bairnsdale is a contestable distance for rail freight - the company now intends to commission a business case to test its proposal.

Fennings operate a hardwood sawmill adjacent to the site, which will obviously be significantly impacted by the forthcoming ban on native hardwood logging.
gippslander

There has been talk about an intermodal terminal there for years. It was hoped that Dyers would setup their bairnsdale operations next to the rail line when they built their facility in bosworth rd which is near vegco now. Bairnsdale could very easily produce the same or more traffic than Warnambool does. Will be interesting if they update the loading on the line to permit G class or similar to bairnsdale once the Avon Bridge is finished.
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
There has been talk about an intermodal terminal there for years. It was hoped that Dyers would setup their bairnsdale operations next to the rail line when they built their facility in bosworth rd which is near vegco now. Bairnsdale could very easily produce the same or more traffic than Warnambool does. Will be interesting if they update the loading on the line to permit G class or similar to bairnsdale once the Avon Bridge is finished.
Galron
Dyers have never been rail aligned and spent years fighting State regulations that forced product to be transported by rail without permits. The Bosworth Rd intermodal had $2m spent on the siding and bunding about 2002, which was fine for log loading but obviously not for containers. You are quite right that Bairnsdale could generate substantial processed foods traffic with the mineral sands possibly becoming a very large business - but that is still awaiting final regulatory approval.

I believe G's are only permitted to run as far as Traralgon at the moment - all the timber bridges have been replaced in recent years in the Rosedale-Bairnsdale section. There has been talk of freight coming back to Bairnsdale for quite a while but it was all academic with the Avon River bridge condition stopping new business.
  ADB Junior Train Controller

The company indicated that it would include a large hardstand, upgraded 3 phase power for refrigerated containers and associated security/lighting.

Fennings operate a hardwood sawmill adjacent to the site, which will obviously be significantly impacted by the forthcoming ban on native hardwood logging.
gippslander

Two questions: 1) Why does a timber company need refrigerated containers, and 2) Why would a hardwood company expand operations if hardwood logging is about to be banned? Are there hardwood plantations around Bairnsdale, because most of the stuff I've seen (towards the SA border) is softwood pine?
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

The company indicated that it would include a large hardstand, upgraded 3 phase power for refrigerated containers and associated security/lighting.

Fennings operate a hardwood sawmill adjacent to the site, which will obviously be significantly impacted by the forthcoming ban on native hardwood logging.

Two questions: 1) Why does a timber company need refrigerated containers, ?
ADB
Because they want to diversify into making money from operating an intermodal terminal used by multiple customers.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I wonder if Freight Victoria is behind this?
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

I wonder if Freight Victoria is behind this?
bevans
I hope not, because history shows intermodal schemes that are dreamed up by the government (Freight Victoria is a Department of Transport program) tend towards failure.

Intermodal freight has the best chance of success when the companies involved have skin in the game.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
The company indicated that it would include a large hardstand, upgraded 3 phase power for refrigerated containers and associated security/lighting.

Fennings operate a hardwood sawmill adjacent to the site, which will obviously be significantly impacted by the forthcoming ban on native hardwood logging.

Two questions: 1) Why does a timber company need refrigerated containers, and 2) Why would a hardwood company expand operations if hardwood logging is about to be banned? Are there hardwood plantations around Bairnsdale, because most of the stuff I've seen (towards the SA border) is softwood pine?
ADB
Not sure where you are from ADB, but just in case your from interstate or not otherwise aware, the Victorian government has decreed that native timber harvesting will cease in 2030. reality will probably have that sooner. Any plantations that do exist will already be sold into the paper or woodchip/export industry, and given it takes 20+ years to mature a hardwood tree, all the mills in the region are prety much on borrowed time. Those in the industry that have the capacity are looking to diversify now so they can continue to exist post when the timber supply stops.

Fennings should be able to do ok if they can get grants or finance to setup a proper hardstand and mode shift facility. Bosworth rd siding is good for about 25-30 wagons split either side of the road.
  ADB Junior Train Controller

Because they want to diversify into making money from operating an intermodal terminal used by multiple customers.
justapassenger

Those in the industry that have the capacity are looking to diversify now so they can continue to exist post when the timber supply stops.
Galron

Thanks for the clarification. Was scratching my head for a minute, there.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I cannot find anywhere on the internet with information on this proposal does anyone else have a link?

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