Opening of the Central Queensland Inland Terminal Delayed

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Construction of the Central Queensland Inland Port at Yamala, 25km east of Emerald, has been delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the ABC Rural Report. Project coordinators told the ABC the intermodal terminal opening has been put on hold as they determine the availability of contractors to carry out major works on site - although GrainCorp's loadout should be up and running by October, in time for the winter harvest. The 1.6km long rail siding was completed in November 2019.

The intermodal terminal is expected to capture agricultural, manufacturing and mining related freight - the terminal sitting in the centre of 17% of Queensland's prime cropping land and near more than fifty coal mines, each of which are substantial inbound freight consumers. Watco will be using the GrainCorp terminal, while Linfox currently runs two return freights per week past the new terminal to Longreach and Winton. The terminal will be available for 20-tonne axle load rollingstock.



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  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
What is left to complete if the sidings are and the grain load out is on target for October then what is left?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

What is left to complete if the sidings are and the grain load out is on target for October then what is left?
"NSWGR8022"


The best I can tell, it's mostly waiting for the construction of the container loading and storage pads, plus the supply of container handling facilities/equipment and access roadways. The video indicates large warehouses on the site too, but they wouldn't be critical to an opening.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
The best I can tell, it's mostly waiting for the construction of the container loading and storage pads, plus the supply of container handling facilities/equipment and access roadways. The video indicates large warehouses on the site too, but they wouldn't be critical to an opening.
Sulla1

Warehousing might also mean LCL is this an SCT style setup?

What are the main goods coming out of the region which will use the terminal?
  emerald-a Junior Train Controller

Seems highly convenient that after over a year of failing to build anything it is all the viruses fault that its delayed
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The best I can tell, it's mostly waiting for the construction of the container loading and storage pads, plus the supply of container handling facilities/equipment and access roadways. The video indicates large warehouses on the site too, but they wouldn't be critical to an opening.
Sulla1

Thx for your update.

Warehousing might also mean LCL is this an SCT style setup?

What are the main goods coming out of the region which will use the terminal?
"NSWGR8022"


Emerald is a major fruit going region - mostly citrus, but grapes and nut trees are also going in, with table grape production now accounting for four percent of national production. Cotton and grain have always been big business and the region has more than 1-million hectares under cultivation. With 1.3-million head in the region, beef grazing is the largest agri-business for Emerald. Total agricultural production in the region exceeds $1-billion.

The Emerald, Central Highlands and Isaac regions have a permanent population of 51,000 people, plus a Drive-In or Fly-in workforce of more than 50,000 - so a lot of consumables have to be moved from Brisbane, these are almost entirely on truck at the moment.

Most of the chemicals consumed by the mines are produced locally at a number of plants spread between Moura, Gladstone and Moranbah so much of this will stay on road, while all fuel - around 2-million tonnes per annum - is road-hauled in from Gladstone and Mackay.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Seems highly convenient that after over a year of failing to build anything it is all the viruses fault that its delayed
"emerald-a"


Investment captial seems to be a problem - GrainCorp has thrown in $18.5-million to get its grain terminal up and running on the site despite Covid-19. The remainder of the site was part-funded by the Federal, State and Local Governments to get construction started, but the private capital needed to finish it has probably dried up in the current climate. Hopefully a major rail-user like Linfox gets on board to get it finished.
  emerald-a Junior Train Controller

I hope that it becomes a roaring success but i just don't see why having a facility 20 km's away from Emerald is magically going to improve  freight loads on rail .

The Graincorp side makes sense given the inefficiency of their current facilities, but even there it will need a commitment from them to actually run grain on trains. Something they don't have a very good track record of.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
I hope that it becomes a roaring success but i just don't see why having a facility 20 km's away from Emerald is magically going to improve  freight loads on rail .

The Graincorp side makes sense given the inefficiency of their current facilities, but even there it will need a commitment from them to actually run grain on trains. Something they don't have a very good track record of.
emerald-a

Would you explain your comment more?

Does it mean there is a facility already in Emerald and this is a second one or that the facility would have been better located in Emerald proper?

My second question is why fuel is not in rail for these legs to Emerald as those volumes quoted are quite large.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Like most other parts of Australia, bulk fuel deliveries in the Bowen Basin shifted from rail to road in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Specific factors impacting the move to road included lack of rail capacity at the time, the large number of new mines built in the previous years without rail delivery fuel sidings and QR's extreme distaste at the time for running trains that needed shunting.

The situation is not likely to change, unless there's significant changes in how fuel is distributed across a wide area, or a rail operator comes along who isn't scared of running trains that are available for multiple commodities and freight types, and that might need shunting.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
isn't shunting all a part of a rail operation?

There are many trains over many networks that have to be shunted.  They really are a lazy mob Aurizon.
  neillfarmer Chief Train Controller

isn't shunting all a part of a rail operation?

There are many trains over many networks that have to be shunted.  They really are a lazy mob Aurizon.
NSWGR8022
Not lazy, they  just know how much it costs to shunt.
  emerald-a Junior Train Controller

I hope that it becomes a roaring success but i just don't see why having a facility 20 km's away from Emerald is magically going to improve  freight loads on rail .

The Graincorp side makes sense given the inefficiency of their current facilities, but even there it will need a commitment from them to actually run grain on trains. Something they don't have a very good track record of.

Would you explain your comment more?

Does it mean there is a facility already in Emerald and this is a second one or that the facility would have been better located in Emerald proper?

NSWGR8022
Linfox operate a freight depot in Emerald. It could easily cope with a much higher throughput of wagons and containers as could the train services it operates on the line ,so any sort of deficit of freight on rail isn't caused by a lack of infrastructure.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Is Linfox planning on using the new facility or are they staying in the current location?

I find it hard to imagine shunting not being part of the operation especially when you consider the fuel is from point a to point b non intermodal per se.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
I find it hard to imagine shunting not being part of the operation especially when you consider the fuel is from point a to point b non intermodal per se.
NSWGR8022
When fuel was railed in Queensland it was usually not point to point. Wagons would be shunted off at each destination en route, then shunted back onto the train on the return journey. So yes each wagon (or group of wagons) was point to point, but not the entire train. Trains were often mixed with a variety of goods carried for various destinations en route.
  emerald-a Junior Train Controller

Is Linfox planning on using the new facility or are they staying in the current location?

NSWGR8022
I have heard nothing about Linfox moving and find it hard to imagine a reason why they would move from operating their own terminal to paying to use someone elses.

It would make a lot more sense for a new player like Watco to make use of the facility but that is problematic due to lack of availability of pathways through the Blackwater system and maybe the NCL ( I don't know how congested that is)

Even then way they have set up the rail access makes it a nightmare to actually use given the failure to include an angle. unless they are planning on installing a different way of accessing the freight terminal than the grain one.

Then from a trucking/warehousing side of things , most if not all of the major freight operators have their own operations in Emerald.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Is Linfox planning on using the new facility or are they staying in the current location?

NSWGR8022
I have heard nothing about Linfox moving and find it hard to imagine a reason why they would move from operating their own terminal to paying to use someone elses.

It would make a lot more sense for a new player like Watco to make use of the facility but that is problematic due to lack of availability of pathways through the Blackwater system and maybe the NCL ( I don't know how congested that is)

Even then way they have set up the rail access makes it a nightmare to actually use given the failure to include an angle. unless they are planning on installing a different way of accessing the freight terminal than the grain one.

Then from a trucking/warehousing side of things , most if not all of the major freight operators have their own operations in Emerald.
"emerald-a"


One advantage Watco has if pathing is restricted, are the train lengths available between Yamala and Gladstone - up to 1400m are permitted throughout (I think). Watco could potentially combine grain and intermodal sets to use the same path to either Gracemere (if the grain is going north) or all the way to Gladstone if the intermodal is going south.

Aurizon/Linfox could likewise use their exisiting Longreach paths, if say, something like cotton was returned to rail to run longer trains between Rockhampton/Gladstone and Yamala. Mind you, I'm not holding my breath, cotton hasn't been on rail in the region for close to two decades.

In other news, the Emerald region's citrus harvest is now underway - hopefully Linfox might pick up some of it.
  Expost Chief Commissioner

Is Linfox planning on using the new facility or are they staying in the current location?
I have heard nothing about Linfox moving and find it hard to imagine a reason why they would move from operating their own terminal to paying to use someone elses.

It would make a lot more sense for a new player like Watco to make use of the facility but that is problematic due to lack of availability of pathways through the Blackwater system and maybe the NCL ( I don't know how congested that is)

Even then way they have set up the rail access makes it a nightmare to actually use given the failure to include an angle. unless they are planning on installing a different way of accessing the freight terminal than the grain one.

Then from a trucking/warehousing side of things , most if not all of the major freight operators have their own operations in Emerald.


One advantage Watco has if pathing is restricted, are the train lengths available between Yamala and Gladstone - up to 1400m are permitted throughout (I think). Watco could potentially combine grain and intermodal sets to use the same path to either Gracemere (if the grain is going north) or all the way to Gladstone if the intermodal is going south.

Aurizon/Linfox could likewise use their exisiting Longreach paths, if say, something like cotton was returned to rail to run longer trains between Rockhampton/Gladstone and Yamala. Mind you, I'm not holding my breath, cotton hasn't been on rail in the region for close to two decades.

In other news, the Emerald region's citrus harvest is now underway - hopefully Linfox might pick up some of it.
Sulla1
No reason they cant go to 1700 metres. Minerva coalies are that length, and go straight past Yamala. The only sidings between Yamala and Burngrove are Comet and Tolmies. A crossing at either of these places of a coalie and other train would be extremely rare.

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