Freight Australia: a new era in grain transport

Freight Australia was founded in 1998 to bid for V/Line Freight and successfully acquired the business from the Victorian Government in May 1999. Freight Australia is a fully owned subsidiary of Rail America. The transport of grain accounts for a significant percentage of Freight Australia's business and is a major revenue stream. In order to actively service this traffic, Freight Australia utilises an existing fleet of hoppers. This fleet is in general 20 years old and is of a "Iow-height" hopper profile, designed specifically to fit within available grain silo-loading envelopes. Since inception, Freight Australia has actively promoted (over the long term) the upgrading of axle load capacity on SG lines (to 25t capacity). Coupled with this, Freight Australia has been actively working with customers to fully exploit loading facilities that can accept new generation "full outline height" hoppers. In order to meet these opportunities, Freight Australia has implemented a strategy to create a fleet of hoppers rated at 1 OOt GM. This strategy has the potential to provide a quantum leap in carrying efficiency and throughput productivity. This has been accomplished by:design and conversion of 76t GM hoppers to 100t GM capacity and design and construction of new 100t GM capacity hoppers. Detailed descriptions of both designs are outlined in this paper.

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  • Pagination: 8p. ; 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: 01532080
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 11:54AM