Genesee & Wyoming Australia
Genesee & Wyoming Australia GM class locomotives
|Area served||Northern Territory
|Key people||Greg Pauline (MD)|
|Parent||Genesee & Wyoming Inc|
Genesee & Wyoming Australia is an Australian rail freight operator based in Adelaide, South Australia. It is a subsidiary of United States operator Genesee & Wyoming and was formed in June 2006 to run the South Australian operations of the Australian Railroad Group.
The company's origins can be traced to when Australian National's intrastate South Australian freight operations were sold to Genesee & Wyoming Inc in August 1997. Operations commenced in November 1997 with the operation branded Australian Southern Railroad.
In October 2000 Australian Railroad Group, a 50/50 joint venture between Genesee & Wyoming and Wesfarmers, were the successful bidder for the Westrail freight business in Western Australia. As part of the joint venture agreement, ownership of Australian Southern Railroad passed to Australian Railroad Group. This resulted in some exchanging of rolling stock between the two operations.
In June 2006 the Australian Railroad Group joint venture was broken up with the Western Australian operation sold to QR National and Wesfarmers 50% share in the South Australian operation back to Genesee & Wyoming Inc. The operation was rebranded Genesee & Wyoming Australia.
In June 2010 Genesee and Wyoming Inc purchased the assets of FreightLink from its receivers leading to Genesee & Wyoming Australia taking over operation of freight trains on the Adelaide–Darwin railway.
Genesee & Wyoming Australia operates trains on broad 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in), narrow 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) and standard 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) gauge lines throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as in Victoria and New South Wales. Major traffic flows include intermodal, grain, gypsum, iron ore, manganese, copper and other minerals over a 5,000-kilometre (3,100 mi) network. In addition, the company also operates freight trains from Melbourne and Goobang Junction (near Parkes) to Perth for SCT Logistics. It also provides short-haul services and terminal operations at various locations.
The following lines are leased by Genesse & Wyoming Australia from the Government of South Australia:
- Gawler Central to Penrice (former Truro line) - non-operational since 24 June 2014
- Gawler Central to Burra (former main line to Peterborough) - non-operational since 2007
- Hamley Bridge to Balaklava (former line to Port Wakefield and Wallaroo) - non-operational
- Roseworthy to Kapunda - non-operational
- Port Lincoln to Wudinna - seasonal grain trains
- Cummins to Kimba - seasonal grain trains
- Thevenard to Kevin - daily gypsum trains
- Yeelanna to Kapinnie - non-operational
- Wudinna to Penong Junction - limited use
- Kimba to Buckleboo - non-operational
- Tailem Bend to Pinnaroo - seasonal grain trains
- Tailem Bend to Loxton - seasonal grain trains
- Monarto South to Apamurra - non-operational
Note: GWA also operates on the interstate Australian Rail Track Corporation standard gauge lines and provides train control functions for the northern Australia railway from Northgate Block Point (near Tarcoola in SA) to Berrimah freight terminal (near Darwin) which is owned by the Asia-Pacific Transport Consortium. Northgate Block Point is 510 km (320 mi) from Coonamia (Port Pirie) in SA and Berrimah freight terminal is 2,754 km (1,711 mi) from Coonamia. Add approximately 220 km (140 mi) for distances from Adelaide. The 50-year lease on the Adelaide–Darwin railway was transferred to GWA with the purchase of FreightLink in 2011.
|22||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1969-1970||5||Ex Australian Railroad Group|
|500||Diesel-electric||Standard||80||1964||3||Ex Australian Railroad Group, stored|
|700||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1971||5||Ex Australian Railroad Group|
|830||Diesel-electric||Broad, Standard, Narrow||115||1960-1966||15||Ex Australian Railroad Group, 3 stored|
|900||Diesel-electric||Broad, Narrow||115||1960-1966||6||Ex Australian Railroad Group|
|ALF||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1976-1977||7||Ex Australian Railroad Group|
|CK||Diesel-electric||Narrow||100||1967-1968||4||Ex Australian Railroad Group. Used on the Eyre Peninsula Railway.|
|CLF||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1970-1972||2||Ex Australian Railroad Group|
|CLP||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1970-1972||4||Ex Australian Railroad Group|
|GM||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1965-1967||11||Ex Australian Railroad Group, 2 stored|
- "An Sale: Private Owners Go From Zero to Three" Railway Digest October 1997 page 8
- "Australia Southern Railroad" Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin August 2000 pp283-284
- "Genesee and Wyoming Starts up with New Name" Railway Digest December 1997 page 8
- "Australian Railroad Group buys Westrail freight" Railway Digest October 2000 page 23
- Company History Wesfarmers
- Sale of Australian Railroad Group Wesfarmers 14 February 2006
- FreightLink-owned Adelaide-Darwin railway to be sold to US company Genesee & Wyoming Adelaide Advertiser 9 June 2010
- Genesee & Wyoming Signs Deal to Acquire Freightlink railway-technology.com 11 June 2010
- "Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Signs Agreement to Acquire FreightLink". PRNewswire. 9 June 2010.
- Western Victorian Railfan Guide
- Genesee & Wyoming Australia Rail Operations Genesee & Wyoming Inc
- Network map Genesee & Wyoming Australia
- "Penrice soda ash plant at Osborne closing" ABC News 24 June 2014
- "ABB Grain in five-year deal with GWA" Sydney Morning Herald 17 September 2008