Southern & Silverton Rail

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Southern & Silverton Rail
Industry Railway operator
Founded 1886
Headquarters Broken Hill
Parent Qube Logistics

Southern & Silverton Rail is an Australian rail operator providing freight haulage, hook and pull, terminal and shunting services, maintenance and first response/recovery services. It is accredited to operate in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.[1] From February 2006 until March 2007 it was an operating division of South Spur Rail Services, before both were sold to Coote Industrial. In June 2010 it was sold to Qube Logistics.


The Silverton Tramway Company was formed in 1886 to build and operate the Silverton Tramway, a 56-kilometre (35 mi) long 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gauge railway running from Cockburn on the New South Wales/South Australia state border to Broken Hill. Over the years it operated 26 steam locomotives before purchasing three diesel locomotives in 1960/61. Following a new 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge line being opened in February 1970 by the Federal Government the line was made redundant, and the company concentrated on operating shunting services to the mines industry in and around Broken Hill with its remaining two diesel locomotives.[1][2]

Having purchased a number of locomotives from FreightCorp and AN Tasrail, in 1995/96 Silverton Rail leased six locomotives to National Rail for use on Adelaide to Melbourne services as bankers to Tailem Bend.[3][4]

In August 1999, Silverton Rail began operating iron ore services from Cobar to Narromine as a subcontractor to National Rail and relocated the majority of the fleet to Parkes Roundhouse.[5][6] In August 1999, it also began operating trip workings in Sydney.[7] In August 2000, Silverton began operating grain services from Nyngan to Sydney.[8]

In February 2006, Silverton Rail was sold to Western Australian based South Spur Rail Services.[9] The locomotives and rolling stock were sold to the Allco Finance Group and leased back.[10] Silverton Rail was rebranded as Southern & Silverton Railway.[11]

In March 2007, South Spur Rail Services was purchased by Coote Industrial.[12] Following Allco Finance running into trouble, Coote Industrial was able to buy much of the former Silverton rolling stock in January 2008 through controlled subsidiary Greentrains.[13] In June 2010 South Spur Rail Services was sold to P&O Trans Australia.[14][15]

In April 2011, Qube Logistics acquired outright control and majority ownership of P&O Trans Australia.[16][17] Qube Logistics purchased New South Wales freight operator Independent Transport Group in June 2012.[18]


442s3 in the Silverton Rail livery introduced in May 1984

In 1990 Silverton purchased two ex Australian National 830 class from AN Tasrail followed in December 1994 by six New South Wales 48 class and New South Wales 442 class locomotives.[19][20] Also purchased for parts were two 830s and three 48s.[19][21]

In June 2002 a FreightCorp 45 class locomotive was purchased from Great Northern Rail Services and returned to service as 45s1.[22]

A former Genesee & Wyoming Australia 930 class had entered service with Silverton by August 2002 as 44s1 while two former FreightCorp 44 class entered service as 44s2 and 44s3.

In March 2003, twenty-four 80 class locomotives were purchased from FreightCorp with four returned to traffic. Around the same time nine C class locomotives were purchased from National Rail with seven placed in service and two sublet to Pacific National.[23]

Other acquisitions were eight 85 and forty 86 class electric locomotives from FreightCorp.[24][25] All were scrapped without use.

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  1. ^ a b "Silverton Tramway Company" (PDF). Progress in Rail Reform: Submission to the Productivity Commission. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Silverton" Railway Digest July 1985 page 189
  3. ^ "Rail Authorities Face Loco Shortage" Railway Digest December 1995 page 16
  4. ^ "South Australia" Railway Digest July 1996 page 37
  5. ^ "Silverton Rail Update" Railway Digest October 1999 page 14
  6. ^ "All Change for Cobar ore trains" Railway Digest March 2000 page 42
  7. ^ "Silverton Rail" Railway Digest March 2001 page 21
  8. ^ "And Now Silverton Starts Hauling Grain" Railway Digest September 2000 page 5
  9. ^ Southern Spur takes over Silverton Rail 1 March 2006
  10. ^ Oberg, Leon (2007). Locomotives of Australia 1854-2007. Rosenberg Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 1-877058-54-8. 
  11. ^ Annual Report 30 June 2009 Coote Industrial
  12. ^ South Spur Rail Services joins Coote Industrial WA Business News 26 March 2007
  13. ^ Annual Report 30 June 2008 Coote Industrial
  14. ^ Sale of South Spur Rail Services Business Coote Industrial 7 June 2010
  15. ^ "Coote secures South Spur sale, agrees on rights issue terms". Business Spectator. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  16. ^ History Qube Logistics
  17. ^ "Corrigan on fast track with $106m ports deal". The Australian. 19 April 2011. 
  18. ^ Qube expands regional rail capacity Qube Logistics 7 June 2012
  19. ^ a b "Silverton" Railway Digest August 1990 page 286
  20. ^ "State Rail's Locomotive Auction Results" Railway Digest January 1995 page 36
  21. ^ "Silverton Rail Loco Transfer" Railway Digest January 2000 page 36
  22. ^ 45s1
  23. ^ C Class diesel electric locomotives
  24. ^ 85 Class
  25. ^ 86 Class
  • Roberts, Lew. Rails to wealth. Privately published, Melbourne, 1995.

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