Derwent rail an alternative to woodchip port

 

News article: Derwent rail an alternative to woodchip port

THE Dover woodchips project development for a proposed $42 million woodchip port at Strathblane involves the sourcing of 800,000 tonnes of woodchips annually and 800 weekly truck movements both ways between Lonnavale and the stockpile facility at Strathblane.

  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
This is exactly the type of traffic which should be on radar of Tasrail.  I hope it works out.

Derwent rail an alternative to woodchip port

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  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
This is exactly the type of traffic which should be on radar of Tasrail.  I hope it works out.

Derwent rail an alternative to woodchip port
x31
Yes it is, but no it isn't and sorry, it wont work out. Far too visionary for this backward mendicant state.

By the way, "Oh, please can we have some more GST??" (so the Govt can make the state look profitable whilst our Greenies hug more trees, shoo away the tourists, blockade some more mines and close down some more taxpaying industry)
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
This is exactly the type of traffic which should be on radar of Tasrail.  I hope it works out.

Derwent rail an alternative to woodchip port
x31
Yes, I would be banning the construction of "another" export woodchip port in Tassie.

Basically, "You want the timber, the railway is there waiting for you".

Not sure what signally is required, the track will need a major upgrade, but not end of the world stuff. 800,000 tpa is one train a day 7 days a week type loadings or maybe 2 trains a day 6 days week. Anyway, 2 dedicated sets in a loop. 2 locos one end, 1 on the rear no shunting.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
This is exactly the type of traffic which should be on radar of Tasrail.  I hope it works out.

Derwent rail an alternative to woodchip port
Yes, I would be banning the construction of "another" export woodchip port in Tassie.

Basically, "You want the timber, the railway is there waiting for you".

Not sure what signally is required, the track will need a major upgrade, but not end of the world stuff. 800,000 tpa is one train a day 7 days a week type loadings or maybe 2 trains a day 6 days week. Anyway, 2 dedicated sets in a loop. 2 locos one end, 1 on the rear no shunting.
RTT_Rules
Using the D.V. Line for shipping out Huon timber products sent up via the private forestry roads through the Styx Valley has been on the books for years. Agreed, it really isn't that hard. The biggest issue is bringing the three big bridges (Hayes, Yates & Macquarie Plains) up to 90 tonne loading (from 60T) - with Yates (# 2) having some pylon issues. But then Tasrail have recently had most of the bridges on the Western Line rebuilt, with a brand new bridge over the Leven River at Ulverstone, so bridges aren't a showstopper. A receival depot needs to be constructed at Westerway (often quoted as Karanja, but there isn't the room there. Hence Westerway a short hop west with a large flat tract of land alongside the line on the up side of W'way).

The only thing stopping this happening is willpower both from Tasrail (can't be bothered - no incentive to perform, lobby or grow the business) and the Govt (senior Liberals (such as truck owning party President Geoff Page) don't believe Tas needs a railway at all).

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