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Watco to operate services for GrainCorp in Queensland
« on: July 08, 2018, 03:46:44 PM »
IRJ --> Watco expands Australian rail freight operations

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US regional and shortline railway operator Watco is set to expand its Australian operations after signing a contract with grain marketer and handler GrainCorp to operate its trains in the state of Queensland.

An average of 2.8 million tonnes of grain is harvested in Queensland each year, with around 1 million tonnes consigned by GrainCorp for movement by rail.

Watco will have the exclusive right to provide 1067mm-gauge haulage services for GrainCorp in Queensland, operating trains from designated loading facilities to the ports at Mackay, Gladstone, and Fisherman Island (Brisbane).

Rail services are currently provided by incumbent Queensland freight operator Aurizon, which also bid for the contract.

Watco has ordered eight 1067mm-gauge diesel locomotives from National Railway Equipment Corporation (NREC), United States, for the contract, along with a new fleet of grain wagons, which will be manufactured in China. Because of the lead times required, start-up for the contract is expected in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Watco has been operating narrow and standard-gauge grain trains in Western Australia since 2012 on behalf of local grain handler CBH Group, transporting up to 10 million tonnes of grain per annum. It also operates standard-gauge intermodal shuttles and engineering trains in Western Australia.
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Re: Watco to operate services for GrainCorp in Queensland
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2018, 04:23:09 PM »
^ fascinating.  Watco wins the contract even though no locos or wagons.  To be built.

Aurizon you would think being already in the market with locos and wagons would be competitive. 
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Re: Watco to operate services for GrainCorp in Queensland
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2021, 09:35:15 PM »
Wagons made in China, FFS, should be a condition of contract they are manufactured here.

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Re: Watco to operate services for GrainCorp in Queensland
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2021, 05:31:44 AM »
Wagons made in China, FFS, should be a condition of contract they are manufactured here.

Not sure how you could enforce such a condition on a private company. It's not a Government contract.

 

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