Major Announcement: Work on the Burnie Port Optimisation Project set to commence

 
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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Work to redevelop crucial rail and freight transport facilities at the Port of Burnie is set to commence within weeks.
Major Announcement: Work on the Burnie Port Optimisation Project set to commence

Any ideas what this entails?  More capacity?

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  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
From I've read, the shunting in front of the beach/surf club will end at the end of this year. The rail station will be demolished and yard totally rebuilt for extra capacity.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Also, from what I have heard, trains directly accessing the wharves will cease and trains will instead terminate in the refurbished Burnie intermodal yard with Mafi trucks shuttling container loadings to/from the wharves.
  62440 Chief Commissioner

Just a shot of port changes in 1994. The Happy Buccaneer heavy lift ship was brought in to move the crane from one side to the other, possibly the shortest trip it ever made!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Also, from what I have heard, trains directly accessing the wharves will cease and trains will instead terminate in the refurbished Burnie intermodal yard with Mafi trucks shuttling container loadings to/from the wharves.
12CSVT

So TasRail are now planning to move from a single move to ship system to a multi-move from train to truck to ship?
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Just a shot of port changes in 1994. The Happy Buccaneer heavy lift ship was brought in to move the crane from one side to the other, possibly the shortest trip it ever made!
62440
Actually that Portainer crane was built brand new for Burnie, came from Geelong. The other Portainer crane(not this one) was moved from No. 6 to No.7 berth.
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
So TasRail are now planning to move from a single move to ship system to a multi-move from train to truck to ship?
bevans
Wasn't single move to ship system, never has been. The Mafi trucks is what loads the Toll ship. So instead of shunting up near the Toll berth, they shunt in one area, bigger rebuilt Burnie yard, boxes taken of wagons onto Mafi trucks then place it in the Toll Ships.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Wasn't single move to ship system, never has been. The Mafi trucks is what loads the Toll ship. So instead of shunting up near the Toll berth, they shunt in one area, bigger rebuilt Burnie yard, boxes taken of wagons onto Mafi trucks then place it in the Toll Ships.
Z1NorthernProgress2110
Driving trains onto wharf's dates back to an era when trains were shorter than the ship they were loading and freight was often loaded via cargo net.

I would imagine in this day and age where coastal shipping is usually roll on/off and most goods apart from bulk minerals are moved by container whose train lengths are around half a km to half a mile no longer belong on a dock and don't add to efficiency in doing so.
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
Also, from what I have heard, trains directly accessing the wharves will cease and trains will instead terminate in the refurbished Burnie intermodal yard with Mafi trucks shuttling container loadings to/from the wharves.
12CSVT
Only time will tell whether this will increase container traffic on rail to the detriment of road from a road orientated transport company.
One of the things I think strange is that the community has not heard whether Brighton has reduced the number of heavy vehicles on the road as promised or increased the number of containers to rail as promised. I would be surprised if it had because of the number of heavy vehicles I encounter on the road between Launceston and Devonport and return and the relatively small number of wagons on trains that have been involved recent derailments.
Who is crunching the numbers?

The largest container train I have ever seen was to Bell Bay with 72 wagons.
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
The largest container train I have ever seen was to Bell Bay with 72 wagons.
BP4417
Largest I've seen was 90, fully loaded too. Hauled by Z/ZA trio. That's was when ATN took over and loading out of Devonport was decent.

Also that was with mostly 40 foot wagons.
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

Any updates/photos re current state of progress in Burnie yard modifications?

Cheers,
DPJ
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner
  msilsby Deputy Commissioner

Location: Canberra
https://flic.kr/p/yJiZbw
https://flic.kr/p/uz21FN
Z1NorthernProgress2110
Any updated pics?

Thanks for the ones you have put up so far!
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
The top one is the latest I've taken. I'll get down there this week for a few more photos.
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

Thanks Damien.
Will be quite a different looking yard when complete.
Are current operations affected by the works?

Cheers,
DPJ
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
A little bit is. When the red brick TGR station was demolished, the main western line past station wasn't used. The Western line was cut and slewed across to Melba line.

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