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The Australian Defense Force has been a major traffic source for QR's North Coast Line, transporting armoured vehicles and equipment on purpose built QFX/QFC container wagons into the 1990s.
Townsville's Lavarack Barracks is Australia's largest army base, while the Shoalwater and High Range training areas near Rockhampton and Townsville are key destinations for ADF equipment moving north from Brisbane and south from Townsville.
Unfortunately, since the 1990s most if this transport has been undertaken by the Army, Airforce and Navy, with no involvement by rail.
This may be changing with Linfox now moving ADF marked containers and tanktainers north out of Brisbane to Townsville over the last couple of weeks.
This afternoon's northbound Linfox freights out of Rockhampton, Acacia Ridge to Cairns 8C49 and Acacia Ridge to Townsville 8279 both had a number of ADF containers.
A large Army transport convoy using the Bruce Highway was also seen at Sarina at lunchtime - a fairly normal sighting in the north.
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