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The following set of photos were taken on Saturday the 21/3/20 with unloading almost complete of the CHIPOL DONGHAI it's shipment of hopper wagons destined for coal service in Central Queensland with One Rail, formerly known as Genesee & Wyoming Australia.
The vessel took about 15 days to reach Gladstone from Dalian in China with a reported cargo weight of 2984 ton. It would seem that it has delivered enough wagons to form one coal set of 3 locos and 126 wagons.The unloading process I observed had the locos lifted out of the hold of the ship and placed onto a truck trailer and taken a short distance to the rail loading pad where a reach stacker was lifting the wagons off the trailer and placing them on the rails. It looks like most of the wagons were placed on the hard stand over night to speed up unloading.
Usually the Pacific National shunt occupies the loading pad but has been stored in the former line leading to the grain silos. The line leading off to the right goes to the loading pad. In the background Grain Corp hoppers are stored on Queensland Rail tracks that are now used to access the grain silos. They weren't there two days previously.
GWN001, GNW003, GWN004 and GWN005 resting in South Gladstone Yard with the first batch of wagons.
This article first appeared on trainsofqueensland.blogspot.com
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