South Bound Concrete Sleepers

 
  raymond Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gladstone, Queensland
I was in Goomeri yesterday and there were a few semis with concrete sleepers as a load going south.
  any idea  as to where they may be going ?





RAYMOND

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

I was in Goomeri yesterday and there were a few semis with concrete sleepers as a load going south.
  any idea  as to where they may be going ?





RAYMOND
raymond

Somewhere on the West Moreton system probably - most likely originated from Austrak's Rockhampton plant. Aurizon seems to like using its 20ft 9ft6 containers these days to deliver sleepers into North Queensland, and these of course don't fit through the Toowoomba Range tunnels...yet.
  raymond Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gladstone, Queensland
But Aurizon don't own the track any where down there        



RAYMOND
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

QR continues to use Aurizon to deliver concrete sleepers, as well as using its own equipment. If rail delivery isn't possible (or too much trouble) road is used. I frequently see semis moving sleepers out of Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway, plus all sorts of rail and turnout components. Trucking companies seem to do very well out of QR's and Aurizon's maintenance budgets.
  phil_48 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Wynnum North
Same on Cleveland line, plus ballast.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I was in Goomeri yesterday and there were a few semis with concrete sleepers as a load going south.
  any idea  as to where they may be going ?





RAYMOND

Somewhere on the West Moreton system probably - most likely originated from Austrak's Rockhampton plant. Aurizon seems to like using its 20ft 9ft6 containers these days to deliver sleepers into North Queensland, and these of course don't fit through the Toowoomba Range tunnels...yet.
Sulla1
Wracking what's left of my brain to work out a less suitable means of conveying concrete sleepers than in 20 foot x 9 foot six containers. Rolling Eyes
  DalyWaters Chief Commissioner

Some concrete sleepers were trucked even further south earlier this year.
The Bellarine Railway in Victoria sourced some concrete sleepers from Queensland for a recent level crossing renewal.
  GS4 Train Controller

I was in Goomeri yesterday and there were a few semis with concrete sleepers as a load going south.
  any idea  as to where they may be going ?





RAYMOND

Somewhere on the West Moreton system probably - most likely originated from Austrak's Rockhampton plant. Aurizon seems to like using its 20ft 9ft6 containers these days to deliver sleepers into North Queensland, and these of course don't fit through the Toowoomba Range tunnels...yet.
Wracking what's left of my brain to work out a less suitable means of conveying concrete sleepers than in 20 foot x 9 foot six containers. Rolling Eyes
YM-Mundrabilla
A 10 foot by 9 foot six container !!!
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I was in Goomeri yesterday and there were a few semis with concrete sleepers as a load going south.
  any idea  as to where they may be going ?





RAYMOND

Somewhere on the West Moreton system probably - most likely originated from Austrak's Rockhampton plant. Aurizon seems to like using its 20ft 9ft6 containers these days to deliver sleepers into North Queensland, and these of course don't fit through the Toowoomba Range tunnels...yet.
Wracking what's left of my brain to work out a less suitable means of conveying concrete sleepers than in 20 foot x 9 foot six containers. Rolling Eyes
A 10 foot by 9 foot six container !!!
GS4
Next worst thing. We wouldn't want the sleepers to get wet.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Next worst thing. We wouldn't want the sleepers to get wet.
YM-Mundrabilla

We wooden want the sleepers to get wet ??? wood we Shocked  What !!!

BigShunter.
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

I was in Goomeri yesterday and there were a few semis with concrete sleepers as a load going south.
  any idea  as to where they may be going ?





RAYMOND

Somewhere on the West Moreton system probably - most likely originated from Austrak's Rockhampton plant. Aurizon seems to like using its 20ft 9ft6 containers these days to deliver sleepers into North Queensland, and these of course don't fit through the Toowoomba Range tunnels...yet.
Wracking what's left of my brain to work out a less suitable means of conveying concrete sleepers than in 20 foot x 9 foot six containers. Rolling Eyes
YM-Mundrabilla
If I remember correctly, Sydney Trains have a large number of ISO-standard sleeper racks rotting away at Enfield and Chullora.
Not sure if they are the best thing for the job, but they have to be better than a big steel box.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

I guess it depends on how the sleepers will be used and unloaded. Aurizon's TLM has its own specific set of sleeper wagons needed for the TLM to unload as it lays sleepers - these wagons are loaded directly at Austrak Rockhampton. The standard 20ft containers appear to be used where Aurizon and QR are using conventional earth moving equipment to lay or replace shorter sections of sleepers. With most of the mainline and coal networks already using concrete sleepers, the big relay projects of the 1980s and 1990s have evolved into smaller replacement projects at multiple work sites that don't lend themselves to the mass transportation of sleepers in purpose built wagons or big relaying equipment like the TLM. The containers are unloaded by forklifts or something similar at the nearest depot for road transfer to the work sites, where as cranes or gantries would be needed to unload conventional sleeper wagons. Aurizon's container terminal at Merinda (Bowen) is a common destination for concrete sleepers in containers from what I've seen.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I was in Goomeri yesterday and there were a few semis with concrete sleepers as a load going south.
  any idea  as to where they may be going ?





RAYMOND

Somewhere on the West Moreton system probably - most likely originated from Austrak's Rockhampton plant. Aurizon seems to like using its 20ft 9ft6 containers these days to deliver sleepers into North Queensland, and these of course don't fit through the Toowoomba Range tunnels...yet.
Wracking what's left of my brain to work out a less suitable means of conveying concrete sleepers than in 20 foot x 9 foot six containers. Rolling Eyes
If I remember correctly, Sydney Trains have a large number of ISO-standard sleeper racks rotting away at Enfield and Chullora.
Not sure if they are the best thing for the job, but they have to be better than a big steel box.
fzr560
The ISO trays would seem to make more sense than containers.
  raymond Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gladstone, Queensland
Finaly got Railpage back, the sleepers were loaded on the back of the semi ,not on a container ,just 3x2 packing.Just a big yellow nylon ty down on both sides of the truck.



RAYMOND

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