Freight Australia's rollingstock initiatives

Freight Australia purchased V/Line Freight, the formerly government owned rail freight business in Victoria on 1 May 1999. Since procuring the business, Freight Australia has sought every opportunity to expand and in particular grow the rail freight operations to most states in Australia. To meet the ever increasing rollingstock requirements of Freight Australia, the Workshops Divisions, have responded with cost effective strategies and initiatives that have enabled the older and previously obsolete rollingstock to be reconfigured so they can operate for the new and expanded business requirements. To demonstrate Freight Australia's rapid business expansion since, the distance traveled by Freight Australia's locomotive fleet has increased by 80% and wagons by 100%, with a 30% increase in the wagon numbers operating in traffic. To increase the locomotive fleet capacity, efficiency and durability a large number of locomotive improvement projects have been implemented which include: Installing 3800 horse power engines in Freight Australia's G class locomotives; Re-power the X Class locomotive with 3300 hp engines for 50% greater hauling capacity; Fitting traction enhancement kits; Re-gearing X & A class locomotives for better hauling capacity and Traction Motor durability; Hasler Speedo replacement with Loco-loggers; Inline fuelling to increase the locomotive range; Other Loco features include - Fuel Savers, Creep Crank, Self-Load, Pre-Lube Features and the fitment of cost effective air-conditioners. The Wagon initiatives for increased effectiveness and efficiencies include: Converting Briquette wagons of 76 tonne gross to 100 tonne gross Wheat wagons; Converting open wagons to container wagons; Creating broad gauge rice hoppers from surplus hoppers; Fitting air operated pneumatic top & bottom doors to grain hoppers; Building up a Log Traffic Fleet from wagons that were previously vans and open wagons; Raising the carrying capacity of wagons with the introduction of higher capacity 70 tonne bogies. This paper will cover the many enhancements and initiatives that were investigated and are being undertaken to improve the productivity and performance of Freight Australia's current rollingstock fleet.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 9p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Cost efficient railways through engineering: CORE 2002: conference on railway engineering, November 10-13 2002, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01532062
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:53AM