IN LOOKING at the information on the inland rail website, I thought it worth highlighting this excerpt from the Melbournebrisbane Inland Rail Alignment Study. Final Report July 2010 page 41. 5.4.3. The Route approaching Brisbane:
“Between Gowrie and Grandchester, the route initially developed by (the then) Queensland Transport and finalised in 2003, was designed with the aim of providing for future higher speed passenger services as well as freight west from Brisbane”...
(Now) ... “this study concluded that the previous Gowrie to Grandchester alignment was not the optimum solution for the inland railway... an alternative route was identified... more appropriate to operation of intercapital freight trains.”
So this rail has nothing to do with the passenger rail previously planned. I note also that the map indicates the rail line but it seem to me misleading as the line is going to be close to the towns and it looks some distance away instead.
The trains are going to be used to freight coal and other double-stacked loads up to 3.6km long using heavier load axle capacity with the equivalent of up to 216 B-double loads of freight.
— J Smith