Logs Return to Rail
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The first log train for nearly a decade prepares to leave the Brighton Transport Hub on Tuesday 19 March.

NEW CONTRACT WITH FORESTRY TASMANIA SEES TASRAIL HEAD BACK TO THE FUTURE
by TasRail (Notes) on Thursday, 21 March 2013 at 12:08

Media Release
20 March 2013

Rail freight services on the Bell Bay line are set to resume today, following the signing of a commercial agreement between TasRail and Forestry Tasmania.

The new contract is a watershed for TasRail and will see logs return to rail after an absence of nearly a decade.
TasRail Chief Executive Damien White confirmed that up to three new train services would operate each week to rail logs between the North and South of the State. “That is the equivalent of effectively removing 300 B-double truck movements from the Midlands and East Tamar Highways every month”, he said.

Forestry Tasmania’s Managing Director Bob Gordon believes that significant economic and social benefits will result from shifting the transportation of logs from road to rail. “We have demand for increased supply of residue wood from the South to Artec at Bell Bay, and rail provides an efficient way to move significant volumes“, Mr Gordon said. “We will also be maintaining our existing rate of road haulage, so our regular contractors won’t be missing out”.

Mr White revealed that it had taken significant effort for TasRail to establish the new service, particularly ahead of the new locomotive and wagon fleet arriving, but said the Company was committed to demonstrating it had the capability to develop and deliver new business opportunities in line with customer needs.

“The return of log traffic to the rail network has presented a number of challenges for our current wagon size and loading techniques”, Mr White said. “But we’ve worked with Forestry Tasmania to understand and overcome the issues and to see this service start-up today is a significant milestone for the resurgence of rail in Tasmania”.

To support the new service, loading facilities have been established at the Brighton Transport Hub and will be operated by local forestry logistics company SFM Forest Products, initially creating two new jobs. The logs will be railed directly into the site of Artec’s Bell Bay operations, ahead of processing and shipment to export markets.
TasRail and Forestry Tasmania said the new service would initially be trialled for a period of six months to enable the parties to fully assess feasibility and performance against agreed operational and commercial criterion. It follows a preliminary trial last year to assess dynamic stability and log movement issues, with the results providing confidence that historic logistical issues could be resolved.

The first service departed Brighton last night (Tuesday 19 Mar) and arrived at Bell Bay this morning (Wed 20 Mar).
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Go TasRail :thumb1
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(22-Mar-2013, 09:31 AM)Sulla Wrote: Go TasRail :thumb1

It is high time some other state governments took a leaf out of Tasmania's book (at least with regard to having rail do what rail is supposed to do)!
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MEDIA RELEASE
25 July 2013
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P O Box 335
Kings Meadows Tasmania 7249 T 1300 TASRAIL
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ELPHINSTONE ENGINEERING AND TASRAIL BUILD REGIONAL JOBS AND INNOVATION
The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister for Regional Australia Catherine King announced this morning $1m in funding under the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan, for Elphinstone Engineering to construct 40 “Elphinstone TasRailer” units for TasRail.
The Elphinstone TasRailer is a specially designed and engineered folding frame that sits on top of a conventional rail wagon allowing it to carry timber products in one direction, then fold away, allowing the train to transport shipping containers on the return journey, increasing efficiency, capacity and productivity.
Elphinstone are an engineering firm located at Triabunna, whom over many decades have become synonymous with log truck trailer engineering. TasRail has been in discussions with Elphinstone for over a year to develop the design and construction of the Elphinstone TasRailer units.
CEO Damien White said the project was a significant opportunity for TasRail to collaborate with one of Tasmania’s most innovative engineering firms.
“In designing the TasRailer, Elphinstone Engineering has solved the vexing efficiency problem that logs are generally only one-way loading.
“By increasing capacity and maximising productivity, both logs and container freight volumes can significantly increase.”
The project will create and retain a number of jobs in Triabunna, an area hard hit by downturns in the local timber industry.
“TasRail has been part of the Tasmanian community in one form or another for many decades. To be able to help generate jobs and secure futures in Triabunna through this project, as well as grow capacity and sustainability along the supply chain is a brilliant result for the region,” said Mr White.
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Good on you, Tasrail. That business is a total breath of fresh air and a great demonstration of how a good attitude and a willingness to try. Their facebook page has recently been managed by what seems to be a new person in their marketing team, and it too has become a very positive, and somewhat interactive beacon.

I see things only getting better for them if they keep up this sort of momentum! Smile
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Quote:TasRailer is a specially designed and engineered folding frame that sits on top of a conventional rail wagon allowing it to carry timber products in one direction, then fold away, allowing the train to transport shipping containers on the return journey, increasing efficiency, capacity and productivity.

So boxes are one way freight are they? :confused
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(22-Mar-2013, 10:23 AM)Graham4405 Wrote:
(22-Mar-2013, 09:31 AM)Sulla Wrote: Go TasRail :thumb1

It is high time some other state governments took a leaf out of Tasmania's book (at least with regard to having rail do what rail is supposed to do)!

I second this Smile
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(29-Jul-2013, 07:03 PM)fatty Wrote:
Quote:TasRailer is a specially designed and engineered folding frame that sits on top of a conventional rail wagon allowing it to carry timber products in one direction, then fold away, allowing the train to transport shipping containers on the return journey, increasing efficiency, capacity and productivity.

So boxes are one way freight are they? :confused

In some locations, haulage tasks, loaded boxes go via truck and empty via rail.

Also I think the intent is to make a more verstile fleet that can do more than one task and improve efficency especially as logs are a one way traffic. I thought tasrail of old had similar.
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The biggest mistake by far is to let a nasty corporate piece of shit money like Asciano to have such a great control of railways in Australia.

Any other operator, such as Freight Australia, had what it takes to 'go after new markets for rail'.

What really needs to happen is, governments MUST remove barriers that prevent the arrival of any new private railway from getting started, and these include,

++ The need to find $250M AUD in liability insurance cover, which is very costly, especially for smaller sized rail operators.

++ The track gauge is a barrier too. Having a standard gauge railway would help encourage people to find second hand rolling stock from elsewhere that can in turn be used on this railway.

If the environment was set up in a proper manner, then you are sure to have a whole industry of rail operators going after the whole diversity of customer base all over Australia.
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(30-Dec-2014, 08:16 PM)JimOnTrack Wrote: The biggest mistake by far is to let a nasty corporate piece of shit money like Asciano to have such a great control of railways in Australia.

Any other operator, such as Freight Australia, had what it takes to 'go after new markets for rail'.

What really needs to happen is, governments MUST remove barriers that prevent the arrival of any new private railway from getting started, and these include,

++ The need to find $250M AUD in liability insurance cover, which is very costly, especially for smaller sized rail operators.

++ The track gauge is a barrier too. Having a standard gauge railway would help encourage people to find second hand rolling stock from elsewhere that can in turn be used on this railway.

If the environment was set up in a proper manner, then you are sure to have a whole industry of rail operators going after the whole diversity of customer base all over Australia.

Have to wonder why FA sold out? Did PN make too big an offer they couldn't refuse or was the work they were getting simply not giving a suitable profitable return?

The 3rd party insurance is high. Not sure who set this. The only time I would think such a payout would occur is when two fully loaded 8 car sets hit each other on the SHB and roll off into the harbour taking a ferry with it. However, the near zero risk of making such high payouts in places like Tas you would think would be reflected in the premium so reducing from $250m to say $100m shouldn't make too much impact on cost of getting insurance. Or I am missing something?

The cost of convert Tasrail to SG will never be recovered. But agree the SE corner from Adelaide to the Qld Western line (later replaced with Inland) should all be converted to SG excluding the suburban networks.
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