TasRail has welcomed the arrival of its eight pilot wagons at Bell Bay earlier today, with the event being a significant milestone for the company.
The pilot wagons consist of two of each of the four types of wagons that TasRail are purchasing, which are ore, coal, cement and container.
The new wagons will now undergo a testing and commissioning process at TasRail’s East Tamar Junction yard and on operating lines ahead of the arrival of the remaining 183 wagons.
The remainder of the 183 new wagons are scheduled to arrive in two separate batches early next year.
TasRail CEO, Damien White, stated the new wagons would allow the company to continue to service its existing customers in the local resource and manufacturing sectors, while also providing for TasRail to expand its services to meet growing demand.
“The average age of our rolling stock is around 30 years, with some classes of wagons, such as our cement wagons being significantly older and in constant need of maintenance.
“Our new wagon fleet are an integral part of our rebuilding process. These wagons will deliver significant efficiency gains, which will mean we can be far more competitive and reliable in transporting our customers’ freight to port.
“This includes the ability to carry more tonnage per wagon, along with maintenance savings and now being able to retire some of our older rolling stock.”
TasRail is a State-owned Company, established on 1 December 2009 by an Act of the Tasmanian Parliament. The principal objectives of the business are set out in the Rail Company Act 2009 and require the Company to operate a rail business in Tasmania, effectively and efficiently and to operate its activities in accordance with sound commercial practice.
With a workforce of around 260 men and women, Tasmania’s current freight task is approximately 2.5 million tonnes per year – generating annual revenue in the order of $30 million. Since it was established, TasRail has spent $97.7 million purchasing goods and services from more than 900 Tasmanian Companies.
TasRail conservatively estimates that the freight it transports by rail each year effectively removes the equivalent of 100,000 B-Double truck movements from the State’s road network. Even after taking into account the total of TasRail’s reported annual carbon emissions (fuel and energy), this equates to a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of some 45,800 tonnes.
TasRail CEO, Damien White