Curious to hear others’ read on where Adani are at lately. The new contracts for Martinus and BMD are a good sign that work on the rail line is moving into the next phase - but have any of you seen any further signs that Dow and Adani might be leaning toward self hauling (as Sulla1 said, Adani loves vertical integration)? They would need to build their own maintenance yards - have any of you seen any plans/signals for that?
Rail corridor construction is now underway for several kilometres from Newlands Junction and through Leichhardt Range parallel to and beside Aurizon's GAP (Goonyella-Abbot Point) line. Positions in the Bowen admin and network control centre were being advertised recently. Martinus Rail has purchased two DC class locomotives from KiwiRail for track laying.
I haven't seen any plans for them yet, but I would suspect if any yards or maintenance facilities are built, they'll be somewhere on the the Adani line rather than closer to Bowen on Aurizon's network. Yard facilities on the section between Newlands Junction and Leichhardt Range would allow for reasonable access from either Collinsville or Glenden - or at the Carmichael Mine site served by FIFO or DIDO staff.
Alternatively, like PN, Adani may choose to use Aurizon's Pring yard for staging trains to enter Abbot Point or to enter the Newlands System.
I'm pretty sure Adani will order and operate its own equipment at some point - based on start-up tonnages that would be three 126-wagon sets and twelve locomotives, plus one or two spares. Of course, all the costs Adani has struck getting to this stage, it may be cheaper for it to just negotiate haulage contracts with Aurizon or PN. Pacific National is on record being interested in the tonnages on offer.