When the rail trail is opened, I will go and look but mainly to see what has been preserved of the rail infrastructure.
Government departments would Insist on wholesale removal of railway infrastructure for political reasons.Roads are used by cars and even in poor state can be negotiated and easily repaired to make passable. Rail does notDo you ever see a road being toen up when a truck is not using it for a period?Unused railway lines are not economical to maintain to usable standard. Roads only need to be maintained to a standard suited to their usage pattern. Hope this makes sense!
These are not valid reasons for the wholesale removal of railway infrastructure which costs very little to minimally maintain.
Government departments would Insist on wholesale removal of railway infrastructure for political reasons.I think maybe that was formly the mindset, but not anymore. When an industry shuts down in the modern era, its return to greenfield as usually there is a bond held by the govt and/or legal requirement to do so. Leaving even a rail fish plate behind falls under littering and they can be fined separately for each individual piece and in the case of a railway this could be $10,000's over a few kim if they were not careful.
If the public can see a disused railway, and there are transport troubles In the area, they will contently call for the railway to be reopened / used.
If the Government takes all of the railway away (final nail In the coffin) It becomes out of sight out of mind, calls for reopening goes away.
It's a wonder how a 10 ton axle load railway survived up to 2005 !
20T axle load wont cut it. Old obsolete wagons, that have certainly just about all met their maker in the CQCN. 26.5T is where its at.I said 20t because its the limit for the North Coast Line and the distance to port is hundreds of km's. The NCL passing loops are short ~650m but could handle a few trains a day that are over length without any issues headed to Gladstone, not Brisbane. It would take large tonnages over a long time to justify going to 26t axle from the junction to Gladstone. Reduced speed to 80km/hr is probably half the job, the rest is bridges and Bundaberg and Boyne River maybe an issue.
Still in use, just not by very much. I believe cattle still come from the outer fringes of the western and so - called "Great Western Line".
It's a wonder how a 10 ton axle load railway survived up to 2005 !Qld still has 10 Tonne axle load main lines even in 2016.Yes, but I don't think used by freight services anymore?
Without doubt the Queensland Government has fully signed off on all the approvals for the project, and very keen to see the tax revenue start flowing !The first part is probably true. But the QLD govt collect F*ck all from mining. If they did bother trying to get any mining royalties, we would be one of the wealthiest places in the world.
The first part is probably true. But the QLD govt collect F*ck all from mining. If they did bother trying to get any mining royalties, we would be one of the wealthiest places in the world.The Queensland Government do very well out of GST revenue (at Victoria's expense)
From what I'm hearing the Quilpie line won't be 10.75 tonnes for much longer...QR is currently replacing the 42lb rail, strengthening bridges and adding new sleepers to allow heavier rollingstock west of Charleville. That'll be the last of the active low axle load branches still in use to be upgraded. I haven't heard when the planned works will be completed though.I think its more of a problem that all of the 10 TAL loco's are going to be gone within a few years. Really, the entire mainline from rosewood-quiplie should be upgraded for 20 TAL, better loops with system like the adelaide-darwin so they don't need to slow down to 25km/h at every loop.
From what I'm hearing the Quilpie line won't be 10.75 tonnes for much longer...QR is currently replacing the 42lb rail, strengthening bridges and adding new sleepers to allow heavier rollingstock west of Charleville. That'll be the last of the active low axle load branches still in use to be upgraded. I haven't heard when the planned works will be completed though.I think its more of a problem that all of the 10 TAL loco's are going to be gone within a few years. Really, the entire mainline from rosewood-quilpie should be upgraded for 20 TAL, better loops with system like the adelaide-darwin so they don't need to slow down to 25km/h at every loop.
Takes a tiny passenger train 12 hours to go 600km on nearly dead straight track because of the low track quality.
The rail trail from Kingaroy to Mugon will open about early March. With only one major bridge (Barambah Creek between Murgon and Wondai) it's the easy section to make into a railtrail. About $50 mill spent doing it, as all the rail bridges except Tingoora were removed. I would like to know where the port will be, and there is the possibility it will be a slurry pipeline.[i]http://www.ipernity.com/doc/grahamh/42990938[/i]
Plans lodged for thermal coal mine near Kingaroy in South Burnett region
By Ellie Sibson
Updated 20 May 2016, 2:06pm
Moreton Resources has lodged plans with the Federal Government for a new thermal coal mine in Queensland's South Burnett region, north-west of Brisbane.
The company proposed to extract 10 million tonnes of coal per annum from an open-cut pit, six kilometres south of Kingaroy.
It sent letters to more than a dozen landholders affected, to begin discussions about land acquisition.
Local property owner Damien O'Sullivan criticised the company for pushing ahead with the proposal when it has not secured a buyer for the coal.
"As far as I'm concerned they are trying to get a project off the ground that, to my way of thinking, is never really going to get off the ground," he said.
"What it does is it leaves a lot of landholders in limbo, it leaves a lot of people with uncertainty and there's a lot of angst."
The nearest potential customer, Stanwell, said it had enough coal to supply Tarong's power stations from its Meandu Mine, 25 kilometres from Kingaroy.
Moreton Resources is now targeting export opportunities.
Managing director Jason Elks said there would always be demand for coal and he wanted a mining lease approved within the next two years.
"You have nothing to sell until you have a mining lease, which will allow you to sell the coal," he said.
"We are at very early stages, we have multiple options, we are in talks with multiple parties and we've been looking overseas for potential buyers.
"People want to know that you've got a real project so the mining license is quite important but equally, given the commodity prices are so low, you don't also want to lock yourself into the bottom of the cycle pricing when thermal coal begins to rise.
"We're being reasonably cautious about that but we certainly would expect within the next 12-18 months to be towards a decision on an off-take partner and or, contracts of supply."
Professor John Rolfe from Central Queensland University said there were many challenges with a greenfield site.
"I think one of the unusual things that we are seeing is, it's the smaller companies that are making the play in the new developments and what's surprising is some of the bigger companies are being very cautious about expansion in coal, and some of them are looking to offload some of their coal assets," he said.
"I think if there are new entrants into the market they would have to always ask the question, is it better to try and buy an existing mine rather than opening a greenfield site?"
Moreton Resources wants the coal mine in operation by 2020.