Goonyella railway line

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Goonyella Line, Queensland
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QR electric loco 3136 (in Bicentennial paint scheme) on the Goonyella line, ~1991.jpg
QR electric loco 3136 (in Bicentennial paint scheme) on the Goonyella line
Type Heavy Rail (Coal Freight)
Locale Queensland, Australia
Termini Hay Point
North Goonyella Mine
Opened 1971
Owner Aurizon
Operator(s) Aurizon
Depot(s) Jilalan
Line length 477 km (296 mi)
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Electrification 25 kV 50 Hz AC OHLE
Operating speed 100 km/h (62 mph)[1]
Route map
Goonyella Line
0km Hay Point
0 Dalrymple Bay
20 Jilalan
22 Cane Tramway
22 North Coast Line to north
28 Yukan
29 Yukan
29 North Coast Line to south
32 Bruce Hwy
46 Black Mtn 211m
49 Hatfield
100 Waitara
109 Peak Downs Hwy
119 Mindi
127 South Walker Mine and Hail Creek Mine
137 Macarthur Coal
144 Coppabella
0 Oaky Creek branch
2 Peak Downs Hwy
8 Moorvale
16 Millenium
46 Peak Downs 248m
47 Peak Downs
68 Saraji Mine
Lake Vermont
89 Dysart
111 Norwich Park Mine
134 German Creek Mine
152 Oaky Creek Mine
to Gregory and Central West System
157 Broadlea
160 Carborough Downs
168 Burton Coal
169 Mallawa
170 Isaac Plains
174 Wotonga
0 Blair Athol branch
7 Isaac River
18 Moranbah
39 Villafranca
60 Mt McLaren
86 Blackridge 359m
103 to Clermont and Central West System
108 Blair Athol Mine
191 Isaac River
192 Moranbah North
198 Goonyella Mine
203 Riverside Mine
212 Future Newlands - Goonyella Link
214 North Goonyella 310m
217 North Goonyella Mine

Distance in km. Distance shown from beginning of branch line.

The 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 50 Hz. The line has been duplicated from Hay Point to Wotonga (174 km) 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. [2]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ QR Goonyella System Information Pack, Issue 2.1 February 2007
  2. ^ QR Limited (Network Access division) (2009). "Goonyella system". Retrieved 26 July 2009. [permanent dead link]

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