New rolling-stock more pow­er­ful, qui­eter ARG lo­cos on track

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - by Tony Rag­gatt tony. rag­gatt@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

QR Na­tional’s freight sub­sidiary ARG has taken de­liv­ery of a se­ries of new diesel lo­co­mo­tives which are more pow­er­ful, qui­eter and more efficient.

The lo­co­mo­tives are part of a cap­i­tal in­vest­ment pro­gram by QR Na­tional to sup­port strong growth along its lines, in­clud­ing the north-west­cor­ri­dorbe-tween Townsville and Mount Isa.

The first two of six of the 4100-class lo­co­mo­tives will be­gin op­er­at­ing along the cor­ri­dor in the com­ing weeks, with the re­main­ing four to be de­liv­ered over the next cou­ple of months.

QR Na­tional Freights Group gen­eral man­ager, Bulk East, Chris Gregg said the new lo­co­mo­tives were great news for the North’s re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘ These lo­cos are more pro­duc­tive but at the same time qui­eter and more efficient than the older lo­co­mo­tives,’’ he said.

‘ ‘ Dur­ing the past few months we have had to over­come many chal­lenges with this pro­ject – not the least of which were floods and cy­clones – and the team has worked re­ally well to de­liver these new lo­cos.

‘‘ We are com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing in new rolling-stock to con­tin­u­ally ex­pand our ca­pac­ity to keep up with cus­tomers’ needs to move in­creas­ing vol­umes of freight be­tween pro­duc­ers and port. To bring the new lo­co­mo­tives on­line a s quickly and as safely as pos­si­ble, Freight will be us­ing them in tan­dem along the cor­ri­dor which means real ben­e­fits for our cus­tomers in terms of our haulage ca­pa­bil­i­ties into and out of Mount Isa.’’

Mount Is a MP Betty Kier­nan said she was happy to see the rein­vest­ment in the re­gion and ARG pos- ition­ing for fu­ture sus­tain­abil­ity in the area.

‘‘ We have been work­ing with ARG on be­half of the com­mu­ni­ties along the cor­ri­dor to mit­i­gate ef­fects from the freight busi­ness op­er­a­tions in terms of noise and these new trains will cer­tainly make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence,’’ she said.

‘‘ These new lo­co­mo­tives demon­strate a tremen­dous in­vest­ment and boost for the re­gion. They fur­ther strengthen ARG’s com­mit- ment in the north west for the fu­ture.’’

The 4100-class lo­co­mo­tives are man­u­fac­tured by Downer EDI Rail for QR Na­tional un­der con­tracts to­talling more than $ 376 mil­lion.

EFFICIENT: The 4100-class lo­co­mo­tive man­u­fac­tured by Downer EDI Rail

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