Improvements in cane railway track in Australia

The Australian sugar growing areas extend along some 2 000 kilometres of the north eastern coastline from Mossman in North Queensland to Grafton in the northern part of New South Wales. During the harvest season, which lasts from June to December, about 24 million tonnes of sugarcane are crushed by 33 individual raw sugar mills. Twenty-eight of these mills own and operate their own private railway systems. These systems transport about 21.5 million tonnes of cane per annum over 3 000 kilometres of 610 millimetre gauge track in a period of less than 26 weeks. A total of 250 diesel hydraulic locomotives of up to 32 tonnes with powers up to 354 kilowatts are used. Rolling stock used has a load capacity of from four to ten tonnes. Ahnost 50 thousand four-wheeled vehicles and a limited number of bogey vehicles are used.

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  • Pagination: 3p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Permanent Way Institution (PWI) NSW, 1981 annual convention

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  • Accession Number: 01711480
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2019 2:26PM