Ex-Kiwirail DC's 4444 & 4571, now owned by Martinus, are currently being roadhauled north from Brisbane to begin tracklaying on the Carmichael Rail Network. Additional Martinus tracklaying equipment and rollingstock has been moved from Brisbane and Mackay by road over the last couple of weeks.I was musing why Adani are doing the rail construction from the mine end, and then thought that the rail equipment is probably no big deal considering the road freight task associated with building/constructing the mine.
Your thoughts, Sulla?
The project has included a rail welding plant and also needed space for sleeper stockpiling, so the location chosen for these was probably going to be the best place to start laying track from. There's a "rail maintenance yard" included at the Carmichael mine site, which I'm assuming will be the base of Martinus' operations for the moment. Likewise the majority of the staff facilities are located at the mine site.
It should be noted the Darwin line was built in similar isolated segments too.
It's also fairly isolated at the Aurizon end of the line at Newlands Junction - with the nearest town being Glencore-owned Glenden about 25km to the southeast (which is mostly reserved for Glencore employees and families) and Collinsville around 95km to the north, so I don't think there was any real advantage starting work from the junction unless the equipment had to be railed there.