Interesting proposal this one, justarider actually posted a link for the intermodal earlier in the month but didn't get any response.
Ouyen is an ideal spot for an intermodal, it's out of the way of Ultima and close handy to Robinvale, 100k easy round trip in a few hours, a little bit further out to Pinnaroo 137k plenty of produce out that way, grown on center pivots, veggies, clover, hay you name it.
Speaking of hay, it would seem another hay production site is planned: The facility would serve local agricultural businesses seeking to get products to port, including hay growers Wingara AG who announced this week its subsidiary JC Tanloden is planning to construct a hay processing plant in Ouyen. The hay, grown in the Mallee region, would be processed at Ouyen and then transported by rail to the Port of Melbourne for export.Other industries keen for an intermodal facility at Ouyen include grape growers and mineral sands enterprises.“With the right governance structure and operators in place we are confident of getting these big freight volumes off the road and onto the rail network. We don’t want to compete against the road transport industry in North West Victoria, but instead work with them. These companies already have existing export warehouses and cool rooms established, so working in conjunction with them means not having to duplicate this system at Ouyen.”“Our selected site will allow a short road haul from warehouse or farm to a rail terminal that is the furthest distance from the Port of Melbourne, where trains can get up and back in a day, unloading and reloading at both ends and refuelling on a consistent basis. This is considered the ‘holy grail’ of running freight trains into North West Victoria.”
If the refuelling point was reactivated would or could this be a bonus for the Fruity ?A community group in in Ouyen, north-west Victoria, is closing in on the construction of a new intermodal terminal, however is awaiting one missing link; the replacement of a rail siding removed in the aborted Murray Basin Rail Project (MBRP).
Am I missing something here, why do they have to wait for the Govt to replace the points and siding, why not contract someone your self or is it, they don't have the finance to out lay ?
x42 posted the link but it seems to have disappeared but I had already pinched it.https://www.railexpress.com.au/ouyen-intermodal-future-awaits-mbrp-outcome/
justarider's link from earlier the is month.https://ouyen.vic.au/ouyen-intermodal-terminal-project/
It's all happening at Ouyen that's for sure, recently the old town water storage was turned into the local lake and now the hub on the horizon, exciting times up in the Mallee.https://ouyen.vic.au/ouyen-lake-project/