Bomen intermodal Hub

 
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
Just announced that one week after VISY signed on as the major partner in the Bomen Intermodal Hub and the council has completed extensive road works in the area .
           Funding has been allocated to construct "5.6 kilometres of track to link the Hub to the Main line "Wagga Daily Advertiser .
           This project has been mooted for quite a while and it now looks to be a goer and should generate a lot of traffic in time to come .

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  Bethungra Train Controller

For clarification are the road works for the new hub or the existing sidings?

If the road works and the track upgrades are for the new location wow, the council is doing a great job.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Doesnt hurt there is a nail biting state by-election in progress....
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Doesnt hurt there is a nail biting state by-election in progress....
james.au

James, what do you make of the speed of the development?
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Doesnt hurt there is a nail biting state by-election in progress....

James, what do you make of the speed of the development?
bevans
Not totally sure what you mean.

The first proponent seemed doomed when they said they were not relying on Visy, and GWA made little more sense to me.  Wagga is a services + agricultural area more than a manufacturing area (cv Albury-Wodonga), and so ignoring Visy was a flaw.

But with Visy on board it makes far more sense - it is the only significant generator in the immediate area (though still will involve an hour or so of road transport).  Visy will want to speed it up as it almost looks like there has been a disconnect with QUBE, their current provider if they are going to develop Bomen instead of continuing to use Harefield (QUBE's terminal).

Ill be interested in how much Visy will want to attract third party freight to the terminal though.  Now if SCT (or even Ettamogah) was behind this, this would be a happening development indeed.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Perhaps GWA could not attract a customer as VISY has a contract with Qube?
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Perhaps GWA could not attract a customer as VISY has a contract with Qube?
bevans
I would say that GWA couldn't attract a customer as they dont have an intermodal network outside of Adelaide-Darwin.  Theyre coal and bulk only on the east coast, and on the main south theyre next to nothing.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Perhaps GWA could not attract a customer as VISY has a contract with Qube?
I would say that GWA couldn't attract a customer as they dont have an intermodal network outside of Adelaide-Darwin.  Theyre coal and bulk only on the east coast, and on the main south theyre next to nothing.
james.au

Would have been a good opportunity to get something up and running but fell over.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Perhaps GWA could not attract a customer as VISY has a contract with Qube?
I would say that GWA couldn't attract a customer as they dont have an intermodal network outside of Adelaide-Darwin.  Theyre coal and bulk only on the east coast, and on the main south theyre next to nothing.
Would have been a good opportunity to get something up and running but fell over.
bevans
For a smaller operator maybe - SSR even?  I think securing customers at the Sydney and Melbourne end might be what GWA would need though and adding these services onto them.
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
For clarification are the road works for the new hub or the existing sidings?

If the road works and the track upgrades are for the new location wow, the council is doing a great job.
Bethungra
The road ( And upgrade of the Eunony Bridge over the Murrumbidgee river are for the new hub
  Fatty Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
The new Bomen intermodal terminal is coming along. Track work is progressing very quickly with the new points and signals being readied to install, sleepers on site ready to lay and rail being dropped off as we went past. This video was taken last week.

http://files.aussiebustard.com/bomen.mp4
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Fatty over what distance did you film this?  It looks like being a very long yard.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
The new Bomen intermodal terminal is coming along. Track work is progressing very quickly with the new points and signals being readied to install, sleepers on site ready to lay and rail being dropped off as we went past. This video was taken last week.

http://files.aussiebustard.com/bomen.mp4
Fatty
Wow, almost 3 years to the day after the last post! For those of us not in the know what happened, was there a delay of some kind in the project getting up and running or is this just par for the course for rail?

And agree with @bevans post, it looks like a very long and impressive work site, I presumed that it had ended where the works train was blocking the view and the rest of the vid was just showing the crossing loop until the camera swung right again!

Thanks for posting BTW, nice job
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Wow, almost 3 years to the day after the last post! For those of us not in the know what happened, was there a delay of some kind in the project getting up and running or is this just par for the course for rail?

And agree with @bevans post, it looks like a very long and impressive work site, I presumed that it had ended where the works train was blocking the view and the rest of the vid was just showing the crossing loop until the camera swung right again!

Thanks for posting BTW, nice job
BrentonGolding

Would we nice to get a railcam there at the UP entrance to the yard facing south.
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Fatty over what distance did you film this?  It looks like being a very long yard.
bevans
Bevans, A quick look at Google Maps reveals it is about 4.3km long, so about 4km inside signals and catchpoints.

Given that length it would be possible to hold a full length train in clear (at either end), and still have plenty of room for work.

"When you are finished, you will be a useful yard", said the Fat Controller.
  Fatty Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Fatty over what distance did you film this?  It looks like being a very long yard.
bevans
The video is taken over roughly 6 km.
  Fatty Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
The new Bomen intermodal terminal is coming along. Track work is progressing very quickly with the new points and signals being readied to install, sleepers on site ready to lay and rail being dropped off as we went past. This video was taken last week.

http://files.aussiebustard.com/bomen.mp4
Wow, almost 3 years to the day after the last post! For those of us not in the know what happened, was there a delay of some kind in the project getting up and running or is this just par for the course for rail?
BrentonGolding

There were all sorts of problems getting the development up and running.
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Wow, almost 3 years to the day after the last post! For those of us not in the know what happened, was there a delay of some kind in the project getting up and running or is this just par for the course for rail?

There were all sorts of problems getting the development up and running.
Fatty
Yes, it's been a long time coming. As a former resident, I didn't think the Wagga Wagga City Council had the determination to see it through.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Wow, almost 3 years to the day after the last post! For those of us not in the know what happened, was there a delay of some kind in the project getting up and running or is this just par for the course for rail?

There were all sorts of problems getting the development up and running.
Yes, it's been a long time coming. As a former resident, I didn't think the Wagga Wagga City Council had the determination to see it through.
Lockspike

So easy to fling the blame around.

I wouldn't be that determined to see it through either. Millions being spent and no clear sign of where the business is going to come from, other than just a bunch of motherhood statements so far.

An outdated memorandum of understanding with Genesee & Wyoming Australia that's not worth the paper it was written on.
(NOTE to posters: GWA no longer exists - has been known as One Rail Australia since Feb 2020 and has gone through a major change of ownership, and quite possibly will change ownership again by the end of the year.)

Budgets - everyone seems to think you announce a project, sprinkle fairy dust and it happens. Most of the funding is coming from the NSW Government, so it's going to be spaced out over a number of years. The rail funding is coming from the Transport for NSW Fixing Country Rail program. Stage 2, so obviously this project, which given there are two other terminals less than 2 hours away and therefore is not urgent, needs to take it's place in the queue.

Great to see something happening, but I predict a lot of rusty rails sitting there for quite a few years yet.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Wow, almost 3 years to the day after the last post! For those of us not in the know what happened, was there a delay of some kind in the project getting up and running or is this just par for the course for rail?

There were all sorts of problems getting the development up and running.
Yes, it's been a long time coming. As a former resident, I didn't think the Wagga Wagga City Council had the determination to see it through.

So easy to fling the blame around.

I wouldn't be that determined to see it through either. Millions being spent and no clear sign of where the business is going to come from, other than just a bunch of motherhood statements so far.

An outdated memorandum of understanding with Genesee & Wyoming Australia that's not worth the paper it was written on.
(NOTE to posters: GWA no longer exists - has been known as One Rail Australia since Feb 2020 and has gone through a major change of ownership, and quite possibly will change ownership again by the end of the year.)

Budgets - everyone seems to think you announce a project, sprinkle fairy dust and it happens. Most of the funding is coming from the NSW Government, so it's going to be spaced out over a number of years. The rail funding is coming from the Transport for NSW Fixing Country Rail program. Stage 2, so obviously this project, which given there are two other terminals less than 2 hours away and therefore is not urgent, needs to take it's place in the queue.

Great to see something happening, but I predict a lot of rusty rails sitting there for quite a few years yet.
bingley hall
Bingly, the firm behind this terminal is Visy, see below.  This leads me to believe that the tonnes will be transferred from Harefield where the Visy tonnes from Tumut currently go.  Not sure what QUBE will do with Harefield though it will still have work for intermodal grain.

https://www.ftalliance.com.au/data/news_attachments/visy.pdf
https://www.visy.com.au/logistics/domestic-freight-services/rail-freight

What i want to know is what access other parties will have to the terminal and what LINX down the road at the current Bomen terminal will be doing as their business will be under pressure.  Linx however has the terminals at Tocumwal, Wumbulgul and Griffith under contract (monopoly much) through the exclusive sales rights for intermodal containers (excluding bulk grain) so if theyve done the same thing here the business wont grow much.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Sounds like Bingley is describing the rail lines in south Australia not NSW
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

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