Kingaroy thermal coal mine looks to reopen the Theebine to Kingaroy Branch

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Another trip to the Kingaroy area.

The Wondai bridge has had fill added at the eastern end.
http://www.ipernity.com/doc/grahamh/44022106

The curved trestle at Tingoora.
http://www.ipernity.com/doc/grahamh/44022100

There are still signs telling people not to use the trail.
GrahamH

Why can't it be used?

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  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Why can't it be used?
bevans
I'm guessing because it's still under construction.
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
The public liability insurance wouldn't apply until the trail is official.
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
Another trip to the Kingaroy area.

The Wondai bridge has had fill added at the eastern end.
http://www.ipernity.com/doc/grahamh/44022106

The curved trestle at Tingoora.
http://www.ipernity.com/doc/grahamh/44022100

There are still signs telling people not to use the trail.

Why can't it be used?
bevans
As locojoe67 said. There are still places such as the Wondai bridge approach in the photo which don't have the final gravel finish which you can see in my earlier Wondai shots. On my drive North on this day I saw utes with people working in two places between towns though I couldn't see what was being done.
  Draffa Chief Commissioner

On the current alignment, the Kingaroy Branch will never be re-opened; there's just too many tight curves (down to 100m radius in some places).  There's one spot (can't remember where) where the railway goes through a cut, follows the ridgeline in an 'S', curves across an open field, crosses a substantial bridge, then does a hard left-right turn (EDIT: It's not quite as I remembered it.  It's worse.  Check out Google Maps of the Nodinga/Oakview section.  Mouingba is also a surprisingly sharp - but brief - grade).  If the branch was reopened, the entire section from the cut (which has other alignment issues on the far side) would be straight-lined, with a new bridge.  Doable (it's just rocky cattle country), but not cheap, and the local landholder (who came out with 'support' to see what I was doing) is unlikely to be keen to have his pasture cut in half again.

Leaving even a rail fish plate behind falls under littering and they can be fined separately for each individual piece and in the case of a railway this could be $10,000's over a few kim if they were not careful.
RTT_Rules
The company that ripped up the Kingaroy Branch should lawyer up, then, because when I walked it, there was debris everywhere.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
What is the solution?  Land acquisition?
  Draffa Chief Commissioner

What is the solution?  Land acquisition?
bevans
To dealing with the curves and grades?  Yes.  Almost none of the current route (EDIT: East of Murgon) could be retained.  It's all pick-and-shovel, go-around-the-hill-not-through-it construction.  Every major river crossing (Cinnabar, Nodinga, Woolooga, Sexton, and of course Miva) will need a new bridge of 50M+.  The grade/curves at Kimbombi is unuseable for modern equipment.
  Fatty Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
What is the solution?  Land acquisition?
bevans
Trucks.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Seems a lot of tonnage for small roads.
  1771D Junior Train Controller

"Seems a lot of tonnage for small roads".

Freightgate.


Since when has that ever stopped the road transport industry?  They couldn't give a toss about the roads nor the road users.
  fred59 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Boonah
Hi guys

Has there been any more updates from the mining company or the government on reopening the Kingaroy branch

Please advise
  Radioman Chief Train Controller

Hello All ,

One potential solution is to SkyRail the line . In WA a mining company in the Pilbara intends to do just that for the complete line , and they have provisional clearance from the EPA to do so.

Their engineers reckon it will be about 30% cheaper than building a ground level line.

Regards, Radioman
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The latest news appears to be this link from December 2016...nothing really new.

http://statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/assessments-and-approvals/south-burnett-coal-project.html
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
The Kingaroy Concerned Citizens Group might disagree,as per inset item here.

http://southburnett.com.au/news2/2014/08/stanwell-rejecting-billions-in-savings/

Qotd:
The KCCG later released a statement saying they believed the proposed coal mine by Moreton was “nothing more than a commercial exercise designed to recover shareholder losses after the company share price fell from 21 cents to 0.2 of a cent after the failed UCG trial”.

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