Adani changes to narrow gauge

 
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

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.
Sulla1
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?

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

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?
Lockspike
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.
  2115A Locomotive Driver

last week two Martinus ballast wagons were seen on the back of trucks  near Nebo Nth Queensland, heading west towards Moranbah.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Spin, spin, spinny:
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Spin, spin, spinny:
Carnot
Canadian Built stuff from the 50s and 60s, given a new donk from the USA and Cab here in the late 1970s. Very New, and Very Australian. They will look good with the new 'local' wagons from China.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Also as the pictured locos are the Martinus Rail DCs, they likely won't be hauling coal in Australia anytime soon...
  Carnot Minister for Railways
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Martinus has begun running ballast trains out of the Carmichael mine site using two of its delivered ex-Kiwirail DCs and new 93-tonne ballast hoppers.

https://www.facebook.com/BravusResources/photos/a.739496112773631/4061236160599593/
  2115A Locomotive Driver

Recently an addition to the AURIZON network display ( ROTA ) was  added.

It appears the Adani network Junction station branching off  near the Newlands / Leichhardt Range Junction  is to be named KANGAROO.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Recently an addition to the AURIZON network display ( ROTA ) was  added.

It appears the Adani network Junction station branching off  near the Newlands / Leichhardt Range Junction  is to be named KANGAROO.
2115A

Is there a google map reference for this junction please?
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
The junction for the Bravus line is Newlands. Kangaroo is the first crossing loop on the Bravus line, reasonably adjacent to Aurizon's Leichhardt Range (opposite side of Kangaroo Creek).
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Martinus' High Production Sleeper Laying Machine in action on the Carmichael Rail Network...



https://youtu.be/QNs50VrN0JE
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
That big hill is at Leichhardt Range
  Carnot Minister for Railways
  Expost Chief Commissioner

Adani prove yet again they cannot be trusted:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/16/adani-admits-breaching-environmental-conditions-for-carmichael-coalmine
Carnot
Lol, just because its written in The Guardian, doesnt prove ANYTHING. Such a biased publication.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
From the Australian Conservation Foundation

Today, finally, a decision. And it’s the best news we could have hoped for!

Two and a half years after lodging our case – alleging the Morrison Government broke its own laws when assessing Adani’s water-guzzling mine – the Federal Court has ruled in favour of our claim.

This win would not have been possible without your support.

Thank you for backing us every step of the way! Why is this win so significant? It means Adani has to start again with its plans to pump 12.5 billion litres of water from some of our most drought-affected areas to run its climate-wrecking mine.

A coal mine can’t operate without water, so this is a major setback for Adani. This is a great win for the protection of water on our dry continent from coal mining. It’s a win for farmers who depend on reliable flows of river water in our drought-prone landscape. It sets a precedent that water infrastructure for coal seam gas and large coal mining projects must be assessed under our national environment law, including all potential water sources for the Carmichael mine and other coal mines in the Galilee Basin.

One thing we can be sure of is that Adani won’t accept this defeat, and so our work must continue. With your support, we will continue to do everything in our power to stop Adani’s polluting coal mine but we also need to focus on the long game. What does that look like?

We’ll stop coal mining and replace it with clean exports, sending our sunshine to the world to become a clean energy superpower. We’re sending a message to big corporations like Adani: if you want to build a coal mine in Australia, you’re going to have to get through us first. It means thinking creatively – not every challenge will end up in court – but you can be sure that we’ll continue to be a force to be reckoned with.

We’ll promote clean solutions like renewable powered energy, hydrogen, steel and aluminium. We’ll change the story so that more and more Australians can see that coal and gas are not the answer and renewable energy is.

We’ll convince nations that buy our coal and gas to buy clean energy from us instead. We won’t be bullied by greedy politicians or multinational corporations looking to build polluting coal mines, and who then use the media to tell blatant lies about the impact of burning coal
ACF

Interesting times.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Interesting times.
bevans
Central Queenslanders will view this ACF decision as southerners interfering with their right to jobs - yet again.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

From the Australian Conservation Foundation

Today, finally, a decision. And it’s the best news we could have hoped for!

Two and a half years after lodging our case – alleging the Morrison Government broke its own laws when assessing Adani’s water-guzzling mine – the Federal Court has ruled in favour of our claim.

This win would not have been possible without your support.

Thank you for backing us every step of the way! Why is this win so significant? It means Adani has to start again with its plans to pump 12.5 billion litres of water from some of our most drought-affected areas to run its climate-wrecking mine.

A coal mine can’t operate without water, so this is a major setback for Adani. This is a great win for the protection of water on our dry continent from coal mining. It’s a win for farmers who depend on reliable flows of river water in our drought-prone landscape. It sets a precedent that water infrastructure for coal seam gas and large coal mining projects must be assessed under our national environment law, including all potential water sources for the Carmichael mine and other coal mines in the Galilee Basin.

One thing we can be sure of is that Adani won’t accept this defeat, and so our work must continue. With your support, we will continue to do everything in our power to stop Adani’s polluting coal mine but we also need to focus on the long game. What does that look like?

We’ll stop coal mining and replace it with clean exports, sending our sunshine to the world to become a clean energy superpower. We’re sending a message to big corporations like Adani: if you want to build a coal mine in Australia, you’re going to have to get through us first. It means thinking creatively – not every challenge will end up in court – but you can be sure that we’ll continue to be a force to be reckoned with.

We’ll promote clean solutions like renewable powered energy, hydrogen, steel and aluminium. We’ll change the story so that more and more Australians can see that coal and gas are not the answer and renewable energy is.

We’ll convince nations that buy our coal and gas to buy clean energy from us instead. We won’t be bullied by greedy politicians or multinational corporations looking to build polluting coal mines, and who then use the media to tell blatant lies about the impact of burning coal

Interesting times.
bevans
Good to see the ACF win this case.  The farmers don't want Adani either.  Good riddance.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The simple fact is Glencore is currently moving to build the new Valeria thermal coal mine near Clermont (south of Carmichael) that will be double the production capacity of the Carmichael mine.

At Valeria there has been no protests, no high court challenges, no farmers running out of water, nothing...just a smooth development process unnoticed by anyone.
  GT46C-ACe Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast QLD
Everyone's too busy screaming at Adani I'm not surprised more miners aren't pushing thru projects...
  Carnot Minister for Railways

The simple fact is Glencore is currently moving to build the new Valeria thermal coal mine near Clermont (south of Carmichael) that will be double the production capacity of the Carmichael mine.

At Valeria there has been no protests, no high court challenges, no farmers running out of water, nothing...just a smooth development process unnoticed by anyone.
Sulla1
But is this mine going to consume and contaminate water like the Adani mine will?

It's far less progressed in its EIS approvals than the Carmichael operation.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Both mines are in the same region, impacting the same water basins. Valeria will be producing twice the coal so it's hard to see it using less water.

It really is horses for courses. One megamine is getting a far easier run than another megamine. Both of which are dwarfed in tonnage by the brown coal mines in Victoria.
  Expost Chief Commissioner

Of course, the whole "Save The Great Barrier Reef" argument by the greenies is a farce. Adani can only harvest water from the Suttor River during flood times. The Suttor River, for the uneducated, flows into Lake Dalrymple. Lake Dalrymple is the impoundment held back by, The Burdekin Dam. The Burdekin Dam, during times of flood, flows massively over the dam wall, flowing into the lower Burdekin River, and eventually, Upstart Bay, AND The GREAT BARRIER REEF, taking with it millions of toinnes of sediment.
The Greenies are very fond of bleating how the reef is suffering, how all that fresh water is killing coral and marine life. How sediment is smothering and killing vital corals.
By allowing Adain to harvest flood water from The Suttor River during times of flood, its actually HELPING to save the Great Barrier Reef from damage.

How ironic.
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Of course, the whole "Save The Great Barrier Reef" argument by the greenies is a farce. Adani can only harvest water from the Suttor River during flood times. The Suttor River, for the uneducated, flows into Lake Dalrymple. Lake Dalrymple is the impoundment held back by, The Burdekin Dam. The Burdekin Dam, during times of flood, flows massively over the dam wall, flowing into the lower Burdekin River, and eventually, Upstart Bay, AND The GREAT BARRIER REEF, taking with it millions of toinnes of sediment.
The Greenies are very fond of bleating how the reef is suffering, how all that fresh water is killing coral and marine life. How sediment is smothering and killing vital corals.
By allowing Adain to harvest flood water from The Suttor River during times of flood, its actually HELPING to save the Great Barrier Reef from damage.

How ironic.
Expost
Is there a Scientific report I can read to back this up?

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