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Seeing a shift in the work and focus on PN to get closer to their customers and to begin a more accelerated move into industrial facility connections. This model has been widely adopted in the USA railroad model proving to be highly successful in that country. Europe has done similar things with intermodal and industrial shared storage facilities.
Is the PN move more akin to an SCT business model with rail being connected to facilities across the country in all major capitals now and even two regional centres, one in Victoria the other at Parkes, NSW.
Rail Express stated Smart thinking between Pacific National and Wagner Corporation highlights the many possibilities of rail freight.
It is now obvious PN are looking to seize the benefits of connecting to Intermodal and industrial facilities removing the need for truck to rail head for anything other than local trips. The added benefit with this partnership being the 3rd modal type air. I think this would be the first connection of rail to a facility involving air cargo in the country making it more interesting.
Rail Express stated News broke in early March that two powerhouses of regional transport and logistics were coming together for potentially Australia’s only rail-air intermodal terminal.
Pacific National and Wagner Corporation are now deep into discussions for a major logistics hub at Wellcamp Business Park, just outside of Toowoomba.
The two companies are looking to build a 250ha logistics hub at the site next to the Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport, said Pacific National CEO, Dean Dalla Valle.
A question being asked is what relationship exists between rail and air cargo in terms of the freight footprint. Aircraft do not use TEU containers when they transport goods, this container idea has been created for shipping and does not work for air freight. Goods to and from the terminal may best use SCT style high height refrigerated VANS as do USA and Europe operators. Therefore it remains to be seen what wagon investments PN will need to make to secure lower cost traffic volumes to and from the site.
Not lost on any of us is the business benefit of inland rail and the massive benefits this will bring to the country when completed. The $13b in benefits could be understated as more and more business models are built around the Grand Trunk of Australia.
The best is yet to come on inland rail hoping more and more branch and feeder lines are constructed or upgraded to connect with the spine reducing the costs of moving goods on the north/south corridor.
Rail Express stated Building and operating an Intermodal terminal next door, at the connected Wellcamp Business Park, allows for rail freight services along in the Inland Rail corridor to connect to global freight and logistics supply chains.
Congratulations to PN for thinking in advance on much of this build getting ahead of the curve on how best to leverage this new asset the country will have. The company seems a long way ahead in strategy and delivery of industrial facility connections and services whereas Aurizon are yet to leave the starting blocks.
SCT of course lead the industry in the thinking and delivering of warehousing solutions interconnected with rail. PN hopefully will closely follow.
SCT have yet chosen to run trains between their Parkes Facility and Sydney for reasons unknown.
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