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rtt_rules

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Export coal for Tassie?
« on: September 01, 2012, 03:17:29 PM »
http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/09/01/357861_tasmania-news.html

1mpta = 2800tpd. Not sure Tasrail is up to a single train hauling such a load, would need a total train weight about 3500t.

My guess it would be a two train a day operation.

colinw

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Re: Export coal for Tassie?
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2012, 03:29:27 PM »
Looking at Google Maps, that would appear to require a relatively short re-extension of the Fingal branch down the old right of way towards St Marys, then a spur into the mine.

What sort of condition is the Fingal branch in?  Might require a significant upgrade if it is anything like comparable QR branch lines.

colinw

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Re: Export coal for Tassie?
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2012, 09:53:14 AM »
Interesting, thanks Shane.  Didn't realise Tassie branch lines already had higher axle load than QR's crappy old 10 to 12.5 tonne light branches.

colinw

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Re: Export coal for Tassie?
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2012, 06:59:06 PM »
IIRC the only loading gauge restriction was the Rhyndaston tunnel, which was opened out somewhat in the 1970s.

Hopefully some new traffic will secure the future of freight rail in Tasmania.

 

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