Australian Wheat Board to start running trains?

 
  greg Locomotive Driver

Location: Sydney, Australia
Heard on the ABC news last night, AWB is to start a new organisation (flow??) where they will own and operate their own wagons.  Who will supply the motive power for these services or will the AWB be supplying their own locomotives?

Perhaps they will buy from the Pacific National auction?

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  mjja Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Mount Waverley, Melbourne
Don't know if this is related, but I'd heard that Wisconsin Central in USA, the owner of ATN Access, had been bought out and ordered to sell off all overseas assets. Is the AWB simply buying ATN Access and all its assets (incl the XGAY wagons)?
  Gazza Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast
Don't know if this is related, but I'd heard that Wisconsin Central in USA, the owner of ATN Access, had been bought out and ordered to sell off all overseas assets. Is the AWB simply buying ATN Access and all its assets (incl the XGAY wagons)?
"mjja"


I'd think ARG would be more interested, especially in the L class locos.

Can't see how AWB could run their own trains successfully, too many start up costs involved to make it happen on a large enough scale to be worthwhile.

Gazza
  mjja Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Mount Waverley, Melbourne
Which was in fact why ATN Access was set up in the first place...
  AdamB Locomotive Fireman

Location: Wouldn't you like to know...
Don't know if this is related, but I'd heard that Wisconsin Central in USA, the owner of ATN Access, had been bought out and ordered to sell off all overseas assets. Is the AWB simply buying ATN Access and all its assets (incl the XGAY wagons)?
"mjja"



Candian National (CN) brought out Wisconsin Central a while ago.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I'd think ARG would be more interested, especially in the L class locos.

Can't see how AWB could run their own trains successfully, too many start up costs involved to make it happen on a large enough scale to be worthwhile.

Gazza
"Gazza"


It would appear from the newspaper reports etc. that AWB (in its jockying with GrainCorp) will certainly be investing in their own wagons. The reports I have read, do not mention what type of wagons these will be or infact from where they will be acquired.  If ATN is moving out of town (and I have not read this anywhere) then perhaps there is a chance of the wagons going to AWB.

It is unclear if AWB will operate their own locomotives.

Regards,
Brian
  mjja Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: Mount Waverley, Melbourne
These days with ARTC and open access etc it's so easy to run private trains with hired locos and crews, I could imagine it happening if for any reason the contract with ATN Access finished.

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