Genesee & Wyoming Australia

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Genesee & Wyoming Australia
Industry Railway operator
Predecessor(s) Australian National
Founded 2006
Headquarters Kilburn
Area served Northern Territory
South Australia
Key people Greg Pauline (MD)
Parent Genesee & Wyoming Inc
Website www.gwrr.com

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.

History[edit]

700 class leading a broad-gauge limestone train from the Barossa Valley to Osborne passing Birkenhead in June 2005
CL class leads a GM class and two 22 class locomotives near Geelong in July 2007

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.[1][2] Operations commenced in November 1997 with the operation branded Australian Southern Railroad.[3]

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.[4][5] 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.[6] 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.[7][8][9]

Operations[edit]

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 12 in) gauge lines throughout South Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as in Victoria and New South Wales.[10] Major traffic flows include intermodal, grain, gypsum, iron ore, manganese, copper and other minerals over a 5,000 kilometre network.[11] 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.

Lines[edit]

The following lines are leased by Genesse & Wyoming Australia from the Government of South Australia:[12]

Broad Gauge[edit]

Narrow Gauge[edit]

Standard Gauge[edit]

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 from Coonamia (Port Pirie) in SA and Berrimah freight terminal is 2754 km from Coonamia. Add approximately 220 km for distances from Adelaide. The 50-year lease on the Adelaide–Darwin railway was transferred to GWA with the purchase of FreightLink in 2011.

In 2008 Genesee & Wyoming Australia signed a five-year deal with ABB Grain to haul grain trains in Victoria.[13]

Current fleet[edit]

Class Image Type Gauge Top speed
(km/h)
Built Number Notes
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 Penrice limestone train, Tanunda.JPG 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 Penrice limestone train2.jpg 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 G&W-grain-train-geelong-australia.jpg Diesel-electric Standard 115 1970-1972 4 Ex Australian Railroad Group
FJ Diesel-electric Standard 115 1966 2 Ex FreightLink
FQ Arrival of the first Ghan into Darwin.jpg Diesel-electric Standard 115 2003 4 Ex FreightLink
GM GM43 train.JPG Diesel-electric Standard 115 1965-1967 11 Ex Australian Railroad Group, 2 stored
GWA Diesel-electric Standard 115 2011-2012 10
GWN Diesel-electric Narrow 100 2012 5
GWU Diesel-electric Standard 115 2012 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An Sale: Private Owners Go From Zero to Three" Railway Digest October 1997 page 8
  2. ^ "Australia Southern Railroad" Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin August 2000 pp283-284
  3. ^ "Genesee and Wyoming Starts up with New Name" Railway Digest December 1997 page 8
  4. ^ "Australian Railroad Group buys Westrail freight" Railway Digest October 2000 page 23
  5. ^ Company History Wesfarmers
  6. ^ Sale of Australian Railroad Group Wesfarmers 14 February 2006
  7. ^ FreightLink-owned Adelaide-Darwin railway to be sold to US company Genesee & Wyoming Adelaide Advertiser 9 June 2010
  8. ^ Genesee & Wyoming Signs Deal to Acquire Freightlink railway-technology.com 11 June 2010
  9. ^ "Genesee & Wyoming Inc. Signs Agreement to Acquire FreightLink". PRNewswire. 9 June 2010. 
  10. ^ Western Victorian Railfan Guide
  11. ^ Genesee & Wyoming Australia Rail Operations Genesee & Wyoming Inc
  12. ^ Network map Genesee & Wyoming Australia
  13. ^ "ABB Grain in five-year deal with GWA" Sydney Morning Herald 17 September 2008