Watco wins GrainCorp's Queensland contract

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Three of Watco's new WRA locomotives are currently running light engine to Mackay to take up their first North Queensland posting.

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

QR and contractors have been upgrading the various rail infrastructure at Pinkenba over the last several weeks, with QR's balloon loop relaid with new concrete sleepers. GrainCorp's yard is also now being similarly upgraded. Grain trains have not been seen at Pinkenba for several years, with most export grain moving through Fisherman Islands on the opposite side of the Brisbane River.

GrainCorp operates a barley malting plant with a 5,000-tonne storage facility at Pinkenba, and GrainCorp Liquid Terminals has a 45-million litre fuel import storage and distribution hub on site that was opened in 2016. Japanese-owned Freedom Fuels currently distributes fuel products from the hub by road.
  brownhillboy Train Controller

QR and contractors have been upgrading the various rail infrastructure at Pinkenba over the last several weeks, with QR's balloon loop relaid with new concrete sleepers. GrainCorp's yard is also now being similarly upgraded. Grain trains have not been seen at Pinkenba for several years, with most export grain moving through Fisherman Islands on the opposite side of the Brisbane River.

GrainCorp operates a barley malting plant with a 5,000-tonne storage facility at Pinkenba, and GrainCorp Liquid Terminals has a 45-million litre fuel import storage and distribution hub on site that was opened in 2016. Japanese-owned Freedom Fuels currently distributes fuel products from the hub by road.
Sulla1
Is there anywhere on site that would facilitate the loading on to rail of tanktainers, if this became a viable method of fuel transport?
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
QR and contractors have been upgrading the various rail infrastructure at Pinkenba over the last several weeks, with QR's balloon loop relaid with new concrete sleepers. GrainCorp's yard is also now being similarly upgraded. Grain trains have not been seen at Pinkenba for several years, with most export grain moving through Fisherman Islands on the opposite side of the Brisbane River.

GrainCorp operates a barley malting plant with a 5,000-tonne storage facility at Pinkenba, and GrainCorp Liquid Terminals has a 45-million litre fuel import storage and distribution hub on site that was opened in 2016. Japanese-owned Freedom Fuels currently distributes fuel products from the hub by road.
Sulla remind me is the loop NG or DG?
  Sunbird Station Master

Pinkenba is on the north side of the river. So narrow guage only.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Suggesting further business expansions, or at least boosting available train crews, Watco is now advertising for Trainee Locomotive Drivers to be based in Mackay.

To date Mackay has been Watco's primary operating hub for its Central Queensland grain business, with sorghum harvesting set to begin in the Central Highlands shortly.

https://www.seek.com.au/job/41364116?savedSearchID=13574567
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
They are also looking for Trainees to be based in Warick.

https://www.seek.com.au/job/41364142

And Full-Time Drivers to be based in Warwick, Mackay, Toowoomba, Roma and Fisherman Island.

https://www.seek.com.au/job/41364040

So, they must have something in the pipeline.
  2115A Locomotive Driver

2 WRA light engines headed south through Sarina 2am monday.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

WRA004 & 003 are reported currently stowed on the mainline at Maryborough West, facing north cut off from their DGWY grain set. Not clear what is happening, as stowing on the mainline will require all other trains to use one of the two loops and 25km/h turnouts rather than the 80km/h mainline through the Maryborough West Yard.
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WRA004 & 003 are reported currently stowed on the mainline at Maryborough West, facing north cut off from their DGWY grain set. Not clear what is happening, as stowing on the mainline will require all other trains to use one of the two loops and 25km/h turnouts rather than the 80km/h mainline through the Maryborough West Yard.
Sulla1
Can confirm this as I was waiting for the north bound Tilt at Maryborough West yesterday afternoon. The 2 loco's were de-coupled from the grain set. Further up the line just before Bundaberg we were taken off the mainline at a crossing loop and slowly passed 2 grain wagons on their own with people everywhere. Apparently this happened the night before and was the cause of the Tilt being late leaving Bundaberg for Brisbane yesterday which had a flow on effect during the day and got me home into Rockhampton last night 90 minutes late. I'd say at a guess, that Watco might have broken their train.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Minus two hoppers left in Bundaberg yesterday, WRAs 004 & 003 are currently heading the first Watco grain set to climb the Toowoomba Range and run down the Southern Line from Toowoomba to Warwick to Watco's Queensland headquarters.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco began moving wagons from Warwick to the Goondiwindi GrainCorp-owned sidings yesterday.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

GrainCorp opened its operations at the new Yamala Inland Port this week, taking delivery of the first of the season's chickpeas. The GrainCorp spokesman noted the Watco grain trains serving the new site will have a 24-hour turn around to Gladstone, resulting in daily railings with one grain set. Previously the turnaround from the Emerald was 36-hours. Transport cost savings of up to $10 per tonne will also benefit growers. GrainCorp's Emerald storage site at the northern end of the Springsure Branch will now be closed.

On Tuesday Watco ran its first grain train to Capella on the Clermont branch, indicating this major storage site is likley to remain in operation despite the opening of Yamala.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020-09-17/bulk-grain-facility-cq-inland-port-processes-chickpea-shipment/12661918?utm_medium=social&utm_content=sf237870698&utm_campaign=abc_rural&utm_source=m.facebook.com&sf237870698=1&fbclid=IwAR0nnriHYCnl_33HsTyEz0e9tIahwoc2kmrkCMthnMCJj2UfzNVaqmjEQUk
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco has begun grain haulage out of Thallon on the South Western Line this week, with substantial coverage on the ABC's Queensland Country Hour today. GrainCorp is expecting substantial loadings out of the Thallon region this season.

The Corporate Spokesperson for Watco, when quizzed on future freight business for the company, said Watco was after niche contracts and would rather look after its customers than go after the big mining traffic - and next up is looking at regional container business in Queensland.

He also added the family-owned Kansas-based business still proudly has its first ever customer, who was signed up in 1985.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
If anyone wishes to listen to the Queensland Country Hour, see the link below.


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