Goonyella Line, Queensland
QR electric loco 3136 (in Bicentennial paint scheme) on the Goonyella line
Heavy Rail (Coal Freight)
North Goonyella Mine
477 km (296 mi)
( 3 ft 6 in 1,067 mm)
25 kV 50 Hz AC OHLE
100 km/h (62 mph)
Oaky Creek branch
Peak Downs Hwy
Peak Downs 248m
Norwich Park Mine
German Creek Mine
Oaky Creek Mine
to Gregory and Central West System
Blair Athol branch
to Clermont and Central West System
Blair Athol Mine
Future Newlands - Goonyella Link
North Goonyella 310m
Distance in km. Distance shown from beginning of branch line.
Goonyella railway system is located in Central Queensland, Australia. It services the coal mining area of the Bowen Basin, carrying coal to the Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminals 20 km southeast of Mackay, as well as products to other destinations by way of connections to the North Coast Line at Yukan and the Central Line at Burngrove via the Gregory coal mine branch. It is also connected to the coal loading terminal at Abbot Point (20 km northwest of Bowen) by the GAP line.
The Goonyella system is
narrow gauge ( 3 ft 6 in 1,067 mm) and electrified using 25 kV 50Hz. The line has been duplicated from Hay Point to Wotonga (174km) and features CTC signalling over the entire system.
The Goonyella Coal Chain services 24 mines, carrying coal from BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, Anglo Coal, Macarthur Coal, Peabody Energy Australia, Xstrata and ANCI. The system currently operates under a demand-pull model, with rail haulages being designated by the ports, and the shipping stem.
The rail line transports coal from Gregory Mine,
Oaky Creek coal mine, German Creek coal mine, Foxleigh coal mine, Norwich Park coal mine, Lake Vermont Mine, Saraji coal mine, Peak Downs Mine, Millennium Mine, Poitrel Mine, Moorvale Mine, Burton Downs Mine, Carborough Downs Mine, Issac Plains Mine, Moranbah North coal mine, Goonyella Riverside Mine, Hail Creek coal mine, Clermont Mine, Riverside Mine, North Goonyella coal mine, South Walker Creek coal mine, and Blair Athol coal mine.
QR loco 1740 hauls a special train through a coal loading facility, Goonyella line
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