Started by ozbob, March 11, 2016, 12:24:12 PM
QuoteA SPATE of truck and heavy vehicle crashes in North-West Queensland has prompted calls for improved rail access in the region.Regional development group MITEZ said there had been more serious accidents on the Flinders and Barkly Highways in the last 12 months which had resulted in in fatalities, significant road closures and environmental clean-ups.MITEZ President David Glasson said there had been a fundamental change in transport logistics across the region as a lot of bulk product has been shifted from rail to road.In part, this was to avoid the high cost of rail."Until recently, much of this product had been transported over these large distances by rail," Mr Glasson said."The main impediment to getting more product off the road and onto the rail is the high cost or rail, which must be addressed."Mr Glasson said Queensland Government terms and conditions were structured for customers on the rail line, inclusive of price."Is it to be an enabler of growth and support the region's economy and communities or is it simply a cash cow?" he queried.Mr Glasson said an incentive would be to offer rail access arrangements that would make it more attractive to entice customers to use the rail system and this would in turn take some of the pressure off the road network and improve overall safety for all road users.It comes as the State and Federal Government's remain at a funding impasse over the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC). Townsville City Council's MITEZ representative Margie Ryder stated that in addition to supply-chain efficiency gains, the TEARC would alleviate traffic congestion and improve urban amenity for Townsville."Currently rail access goes through our city, causing traffic delays and noise issues," Cr Ryder said."Providing access through the State Development area will remove freight trains from the centre of our city."
QuoteQueensland has launched an $80 million fund to subsidise rail freight on the Mt Isa Line over the next four years.Announced in June's state budget, the four-year, $20 million per annum funding programme is expected to support the growth of the mining industry in Queensland's north west.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, visiting the rail line on November 18, said the government understands the importance of the North Weest Minerals Province to the resources sector."In the year to September 2019, Queensland's exports topped $87.6 billion," she said."Investing in this region, where 75 per cent of the state's base metal and mineral deposits are, is crucial to growing this figure and supporting local jobs."Pacific National CEO Dean Dalla Valle said the Mount Isa Line Incentive Scheme – as it is known – puts Queensland on track "to have the best rail freight pricing policy in the country"."Rather than sitting on the sideline and continuing to let rail freight languish in the steam age with high rail access charges, the Queensland Government has positioned itself firmly in the policy driver's seat," Dalla Valle said."High government access charges put rail freight at a competitive disadvantage to road freight."By creating a scheme to incentivise rail freight, the Queensland Government will successfully help shift volumes of bulk minerals from trucks to trains, and create more regional jobs across the transport supply chain."Palaszczuk said the government has worked with Queensland Rail and the industry on how best to approach the subsidy plan since it was announced in June."After holding two consultation workshops in Townsville in September and Brisbane in October and receiving industry feedback, the implementation arrangements have been finalised," she said."Today the government will be releasing the scheme guidelines and the application form to allow eligible users on the Mount Isa Line to apply for the incentive."Deputy premier and state treasurer Jackie Trad said the scheme will make rail freight more competitive and incentivise a shift from road to rail."The Mount Isa Line is critical for servicing the mining industry and this investment will help existing mining operators get their resources to the Port of Townsville for export as well as encourage new investment in the state's north west," Trad said."We have made significant repairs on the 300 kilometres of track on the Mount Isa Line damaged during February's unprecedented flood event, to ensure that north west Queensland has reliable transport infrastructure."The scheme will be administered by Transport and Main Roads, with the first quarterly payment commencing at the end of this year, backdated from 1 July 2019."Industry members are encouraged to make formal submissions on proposals for government's further consideration. Applications are to be emailed to MILscheme@tmr.qld.gov.au. More information on how to apply for the scheme is on the Transport and Main Road's website at www.tmr.qld.gov.au
QuoteThe state government says new projects on the Mount Isa Rail Line would bolster freight movement between the North West Mineral Province and Townsville.Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey announced in parliament Wednesday three projects had been approved as part of a $50 million investment for the Mount Isa rail line including double-stacked trains, flood resilience and replacing aging sleepers.Mr Bailey said Queensland Rail would look at enabling double-stacked trains to run from Mount Isa to Stuart and potentially to the Port of Townsville, with a business case finalised this year to work out the cost and demand for double stacking, where trains can carry two layers of freight."Today's announcement is part of the more than half-a-billion dollars already being invested in the north-west supply chain over the next five years, and $1 billion in new roads funding announced by our government since April," Mr Bailey said.There will be a major investment in improving flood resilience on the line and replacement of ageing rail equipment like sleepers and ballast.QR will start geotechnical and survey work this month, to pave the way for the installation of new bridges and the replacement of culverts with spans and new piers, work which will increase capacity on waterway openings and provide protection to embankments to better withstand flood events.Mr Bailey visited Mount Isa earlier this month to announce $6 million in works already underway to bolster flood resilience between Cloncurry and Hughenden, plus that $20 million of the Palaszczuk Government's $80 million, four-year plan to encourage freight operators to use the rail line had been accessed.Port of Townsville CEO Ranee Crosby said the investment would ensure the supply chain remains competitive."Townsville Port is Australia's largest exporter of zinc, copper, lead and fertiliser, with significant growth opportunities from the North West Minerals Province, one of the world's richest mineral-producing regions," Ms Crosby said."These investments into the Mount Isa to Townsville Rail Line, such as enabling double-stacking of containers on rail, will offer customers greater flexibility in transporting freight to the Port, improving efficiency and helping drive down supply chain costs."QR CEO Nick Easy said the latest investments were further proof of the organisation's commitment to the Mount Isa line."The Mount Isa line is a critical connector for communities in North West Queensland and one of the state's key freight paths, and Queensland Rail is committed to ensuring it meets the needs of communities and freight operators," he said."These investments will help existing mining operators export their resources and encourage new investment in the state's north west."Queensland Rail prides itself as a major employer in the region, directly supporting more than 80 jobs on the Mount Isa line and the local communities in which they are based."
QuoteAN upgrade of the Mount Isa rail line to standard gauge should be considered to improve the handling of North Queensland's billion-dollar resources trade, Mayor Jenny Hill says.Cr Hill raised the issue yesterday as Adani and Aurizon vie for funding to develop coal rail lines and the Northern Territory seeks to provide a more efficient rail service into Queensland to ship Mount Isa's mineral wealth from the port of Darwin.The Townsville to Mount Isa line, like all of Queensland's track, is narrow gauge.While trains on the line are meant to travel at speeds of 80km/h, the poor condition of the track, which is subject to extreme temperature changes, means speeds have to be restricted to 40km/h and less in many areas.Even so, the line carries product worth billions of dollars a year and it is understood support freight charges to the State Government that are the highest in the State, raise hundreds of millions a dollars a year.One of the major users, Mount Isa miner Glencore, is reluctant to raise the issue for fear that any improvements will mean that freight rates are increased further.Glencore has already warned its North Queensland copper processing assets are at risk if energy costs increase further.Cr Hill said Queensland Rail, Aurizon or "whoever" should consider building a standard gauge rail line."The concern I have with the Mount Isa rail line is that, as it stands, we are seeing a lot of freight being moved by truck," Cr Hill said."I think they should consider that (building a standard gauge rail line) if we are going to see more and more mines open up. I'd prefer to see that freight transported by rail rather than by road."She said coal freight supply chains such as that in NSW's Hunter Valley used standard gauge.The Federal Government is funding a feasibility study to develop a standard gauge line between Mount Isa and Tenant Creek to open the port of Darwin to Queensland's mineral trade.There are suggestions all of the Mount Isa minerals trade would be needed to make the alternative rail line stack up."If we want to compete, we need a similar standard of infrastructure," Cr Hill said.She said development body the Mount Isa to Townsville Economic Zone could take up the issue."There's no doubt money has been made from that (Mount Isa) line over the past 90 years," Cr Hill said. "Why not start thinking or discussing why it can't be upgraded?"
Quote from: ozbob on August 13, 2020, 11:15:35 AM^Anyone know of any double-stacking on 3' 6" (1067mm) gauge?
Quote from: ozbob on August 14, 2020, 01:33:36 AMSent to all outlets:14th August 2020Double stacked trains to Mount Isa? No, it is not April 1st.Good Morning,We note and welcome the Palaszczuk Government's planned ongoing $50 million investment (on behalf of Queenslanders) for continuing improvements on the Townsville - Mount Isa railway. ( Delivering better freight on the Townsville - Mount Isa Line https://statements.qld.gov.au/statements/90406 ).Of particular interest is this extract from the statement:" ... As part of the investment Queensland Rail will look at enabling double-stacked trains to run from Mount Isa to Stuart and potentially to the Port of Townsville, with a business case being finalised this year.The business case will finalise the cost of the initiative and ensure there will be sufficient demand for double stacking. ... "The Townsville - Mount Isa railway is 1067 mm ( 3' 6" gauge ). As far as we can determine there is no railway system in the world of 1067 mm gauge that runs double stacked trains. The 1067 mm gauge is too narrow for stability, and the rail weight limits on the line are presently 20 tonne axle load (tal) and this will not allow for heavy double stacked trains in any case, of mineral concentrates, refined metals and so forth.We also note the maximum train length is constrained by the length of passing loops. Of the 46 passing loops the shortest loop is at Marathon at 1009 metres, but there are many others in the region of 1020-1030 metres or so.We are not confident that double stacked trains could be introduced on the Mount Isa to Stuart railway unless the gauge was converted from the present 1067 mm to 1435 mm (standard gauge) and the rail weight increased to allow trains with at least 25-30 tal. Is this planned? Otherwise the business case for double stacked trains is just a waste of Queensland Citizens' money.Money is better spent on lengthening passing loops and replacing the existing lighter sections of rail, and improving the track stability so that the lower speed restrictions can be removed.Best wishes,RobertRobert DowAdministrationadmin@backontrack.orgRAIL Back On Track https://backontrack.orgReference:1. Mount Isa system information pack - Issue 3.1 - February 2017https://www.queenslandrail.com.au/business/acccess/Documents/Mt%20Isa%20System%20Information%20Pack%20-%20Issue%203.1%20-%20February%202017.pdfon the url https://www.queenslandrail.com.au/forbusiness/the-regional-network/mount-isa-line-system
Quote from: ozbob on August 17, 2020, 09:59:20 AM.....form of a full and empty half on top.
Quote from: red dragin on August 17, 2020, 10:12:20 AMQuote from: ozbob on August 17, 2020, 09:59:20 AM.....form of a full and empty half on top.I can't envisage what this means? Is it a full size container, with a half size container on top?Or a full wagon with an empty container on top (rather than running a train of empty containers back)?
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