Oakey Beef Exports on track to switch from road to rail freight

 

News article: Oakey Beef Exports on track to switch from road to rail freight

A southern Queensland meat processor says it is on track to make the switch from road to rail freight.

  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
There is no doubt in my small mind @Sulla1 is the master and what an exciting time for rail in Queensland.

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Nah, I'm more of the "Jack of all trades and master of none."

Aurizon is certainly in the mood for trying new ways of making money...currently it has walked away from its unit train/no shunting model for the Burdekin sugar trains by having the Inkerman and Kalamia sugar sets haul molasses tankers as well. These trains now have to shunt at the mills and South Yard to attach and detach molasses wagons, which avoids running a separate molasses train...if this succeeds I suspect unit trains elsewhere (maybe grain or cattle) may begin hauling additional freight with the same origin or destination points...everything old is new again.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
I believe Towoomba and Oakey used to have container freight trains but I understand this stopped for a few reasons and one was the tunnels limit the container heights and the growth in the coal traffic making paths harder to get. And probably lack of interest by the operator.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
These developments are good to hear.   I think there are many stories to be told about all the operators "walked away" so to speak from many small scale traffic flows in favour of single commodity bulk train operations.   These types of examples that Sulla1 brings to the forums are very much akin to what the shortline operators undertake in North America and do so very well.   In my day to day reading I recall some Major Class 1 railroads on certain corridors source as much as 30% of their carload and "blocks" of traffic from shortline operators.   Hearing that Aurizon is sourcing new cattle traffic outside of the existing business is extremely encouraging.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Sulla1 out of interest from which areas are Bothwicks likely to source the livestock???   Is it largely confined to the central region.  325  services a year is quite a lot of activity in addition to the existing livestock operations.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Most, if not all, of these new cattle trains look set to originate from the North West - Cloncurry, Julia Creek and Richmond. Some may come from Winton or Clermont. I suppose there is a small possibility cattle may be sourced and railed from the Mareeba region, but that is purely speculation on my part (cattle railing from Mareeba hasn't occurred for close to fifteen years).
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Whats the chances of cattle trains coming in from NSW (at least the northern parts) once Inland Rail comes through and assuming SG access can be granted to Oakey?
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Whats the chances of cattle trains coming in from NSW (at least the northern parts) once Inland Rail comes through and assuming SG access can be granted to Oakey?
james.au
Maybe, but unlikely. QR CattleTrain is not commerically viable on its own and part of the reason for the large cut back in services through the late 90's and 2000's and 100% closure of pig transport and switch to only usually frequent block trains and abandonment of cattle train services from branch lines that had little or no other traffic.

The subsidy number I heard about 15 years back was 20% cost recovery, hence the focus on very long haul which is probably much improve