Rollestone Branch

 
  Exqr Locomotive Driver

Location: Gympie Q.
Am looking for info on this line. Roughly how many trains per day does it carry. Length, number of locos normally used, type of country it runs through.
I'd appreciate any update info that could be supplied, please. Many thanks. Regards,
John Mahoney.

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The Rolleston mine has the capacity to produce over 38,000-tonnes of coal per day, or roughly three to four loaded trains. I'm not sure if it is running at full capacity. Trains should be standard Aurizon Blackwater sets running with a 3700/3800 on the lead, midtrain and rear with 104-tonne and 106-tonne hoppers if that helps.
  EMBaldwin Chief Commissioner

Location: Amongst the Cane Fields
PN also runs trains to Rolleston from what I have seen.  Not sure on how many, but guessing picking up spot tonnes that Aurizon can't handle.
  Expost Deputy Commissioner

And the rest Sulla. Not unusual for 3 trains to be on the Rolleston branch at one time, one heading down, waiting at Memooloo, one waiting at the BLB outside the mine, while the third is loading. In addition, you could have anything up to 6 or 8 anywhere else in the Blackwater system, either headed to RG Tanna, or WICET. They have really ramped up output since WICET has come online.

Its DTC territory, and electrified, which I am fairly certain is unique in Qld. Most of the run from Kinrola to Rolleston is undulating countryside, with no real climbs or descents on the trip. No air needed on either trip, the 37/3800 DB easily handling the couple of descents, provided you set your train up correctly. Air only really required if our going into the loop at Kenmare loaded. MLPI installed here.

Its about a 8.5 to 9 hr return trip from Bluff, depending on other traffic. As stated above, most trains since electrification are standard FMB electrics for Aurizon. PN runs some trains down there, using their standard diesel consists.

Branch length is about 106 km, including the balloon, from Kinrola.
  Exqr Locomotive Driver

Location: Gympie Q.
The Rolleston mine has the capacity to produce over 38,000-tonnes of coal per day, or roughly three to four loaded trains. I'm not sure if it is running at full capacity. Trains should be standard Aurizon Blackwater sets running with a 3700/3800 on the lead, midtrain and rear with 104-tonne and 106-tonne hoppers if that helps.
Sulla1
Thanks guys. Particularly Sulla1. That's exactly the type of info I was seeking.

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