In­land Rail

Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY -

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

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