High Speed Parcel Freight Opportunities

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Interesting to see this appearing more and more on rail and I personally think there is space for this in the National Network for Australia Post.  Australia Post should commission a trial of these trains for parcels between key regional centres.



I am sure there will be detractors on there however the rest of the world just keeps moving forward with rail services.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A great example of a trial would be converting some of the excess Queensland EMU stock for parcels and running these between Brisbane and Rockhampton.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

It has been a successful business in China.  Their high speed network has a rule that before the first revenue service of the day, an empty train operates a line inspection run, because after a few hours with no trains running, foreign objects might have fallen onto the track or the overhead.  Those otherwise empty trains are often used to carry parcels as an agreement with courier operators.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
When I talk High Speed in Australia I am talking about 160 km/h running which I understand is very possible on the northern line out of Brisbane.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

I see what you mean.  There are also locomotive-hauled courier trains in China that are formed of luggage vans that are capable of speeds of passenger trains.  They are tabled with passenger train standards with top speeds of 120 or 160 km/h depending on the vehicle type.  In Australia they might have to build more passenger train standard luggage vans to facilitate such operation, which will be a huge upfront investment.  However as the top speed of freight trains, say 80 km/h, isn't that different from that of loco-hauled passenger trains of 115 km/h, surely courier or mail trains can be operated with freight wagons if they really wanted to.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Exactly.

Imagine a service from the Brisbane suburbs to Rockhampton express or semi express at 160 km/h using modified older EMU's not being used for passengers.  This would be faster than road and could carry more.  Not sure if it would be cheaper I guess it would.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Exactly.

Imagine a service from the Brisbane suburbs to Rockhampton express or semi express at 160 km/h using modified older EMU's not being used for passengers.  This would be faster than road and could carry more.  Not sure if it would be cheaper I guess it would.
bevans
The withdrawn EMUs are being scrapped.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Exactly.

Imagine a service from the Brisbane suburbs to Rockhampton express or semi express at 160 km/h using modified older EMU's not being used for passengers.  This would be faster than road and could carry more.  Not sure if it would be cheaper I guess it would.
The withdrawn EMUs are being scrapped.
Graham4405

Sad isn't it.  No vision.

I would be interested in knowing if nay capacity was available on the northern line for some sprinter parcel services.

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