I haven't seen any signs of the UGL's moving yet. I did notice mid august that EFB5800 posted this photo,While there has been no definitive information on the PowerHauls' future allocation, it is very unlikely they will go anywhere but North Queensland. In Western Australia they would be restricted to Brookfield's 20-tonne axle load lines, primarily Perth-Picton-Collie, and Karara-Geraldton over which Aurizon retains all of the current non-grain contracts (as far as I know). Likewise, only G&W's Whyalla narrow gauge network in South Australia could support the PowerHauls, and it is unlikely PN will find work on this network anytime soon.
of a flat car at Goninans looking ready to transport 6 wheel bogies so maybe the locos will be towed.
Is it absolutely certain that they will be coming to Qld? I have not discounted SA and WA which have 3' 6" even though I don't know of any requirement for them.
While I'm here I guess the UGL's will become 89 Class.
The narrow gauge situation in Queensland is PN now hauls just under 60-million tonnes of coal, zinc concentrates and intermodal per annum, using 64 diesels and 42 electrics. Added to this, PN's QCoal contract is about to be boosted by another 10-million tonnes per annum when the Byerwen coal mine opens later this year on the diesel only Newlands system. The 88s were purchased to service the QCoal contract and given the 88s' ongoing issues, the PowerHauls will likely be allocated to Townsville (close to the UGL's Bohle plant) to free up Mt Isa line 83s for the Newlands System. As for numbering, I have heard PN will number them above the exisiting AC traction UGL/GE classes, so possibly the 94 or 95 class.