Trying to get my head around the Woolworths distribution centre business and possible rail links that may be used by potential Aurizon buyers. ArthurS mentioned the Warwick one and I know there is also a huge Woolworths Regional Distribution Centre in Larapinta, adjacent to the Logan Motorway on the southside of Brisbane. The interstate standard gauge line passes near Larapinta and the partly built dual gauge part of that standard gauge line extends in that area.I'd almost think that Woolies may move the DC if rail makes sense...
Why is it in Warwick anyway?
Built in the mid to late 1990s before the Inland Rail project was on the horizon, it directly accesses the Newell and New England Corridors from the south - the latter runs all the way to the South Burnett, joining highways that then access into Central and North Queensland. Most importantly it has direct road access to all of Brisbane and the Gold Coast - which essentially makes Warwick the best location for Hub and Spoke Distribution for South East Queensland. Toowoomba would probably be a second choice, but without direct road access to the Gold Coast and over 600,000 shoppers, that was no doubt the deal breaker for second place. I can't see the Distribution Centre being moved so rail can be added to the mix, the location is the reason it's there, and rail will have to adapt to better serve that location if rail operators become interested.
Also recall Nth QLD (Townsville) also receives Woolworths bulk items by rail for a Nth QLD distribution centre or did in the recent past. Or was that Coles and not Woolworth? Floods cut rail lines to Nth QLD and so Woolworths / Coles have no or reduced stock and one year in recent years, due floods, stock for supermarket shelves was trucked from the south via Alice Springs / Mt Isa and into Townsville that way.
The Woolworths Larapinta data https://www.watpac.com.au/project/woolworths-brisbane-regional-distribution-centre/