Southern Shorthaul Railroad

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Southern Shorthaul Railroad
Industry Railway operator
Predecessor Great Northern Rail Services
Founded December 2003
Number of locations
New South Wales
Subsidiaries Consolidated Rail Leasing

Southern Shorthaul Railroad is an Australian provider of motive power hauling trains in New South Wales and Victoria.


Southern Shorthaul Railroad was established in December 2003, when the remains of Great Northern Rail Services were purchased from Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia.

Current rail operations involve providing RailCorp with hook & pull services for infrastructure trains operating out of Chullora and Clyde in Sydney.[1] These trains generally operate in the areas bounded by Grafton, Muswellbrook, Bathurst, Goulburn and Bomaderry. In August 2011 SSR operated some infrastructure trains in Victoria.

In 2010 SSR entered the coal haulage market. It hauls trains from Clarence and Newstan collieries to ports at Kooragang Island, Carrington and Port Kembla.[2]

The company also refurbishes and repairs locomotives and rolling stock at the former Bendigo Workshops in Victoria.[3] It also has a maintenance facility at the Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park & Railway.[4][5]

In May 2012, SSR purchased GM3 from Clyde Engineering and transferred it from Kelso to Lithgow for overhaul.

In 2012, SSR formed a subsidiary BRM Leasing. In October 2012 the name was changed to Consolidated Rail Leasing.[6] Some of the SSR fleet has been made available for lease through CRL.

In 2014, SSR commenced operating grain services in New South Wales for George Weston Foods.[7]

In April 2016, Southern Shorthaul Railroad brought the majority of the Greentrains, enabling SSR to no longer have to hire motive power such as the VL class locomotives and to expand its operations.[8][9]


SSR operates a combination of owned and leased locomotives:[10][11]


As at July 2016, SSR owned the following locomotives:[12]

and the following rail tractors: LT4, LT50, RT37.

Previously Leased[edit]


As of June 2015, SSR operated the following C44aci model locomotives owned by Centennial Coal and Fletcher's International Exports:[12]

  • CEY class: CEY001 to CEY007 – Used on Centennial Coal train services between Kooragang Island and the Western Coalfields or occasionally, the Illawarra coalfields.
  • FIE class: FIE001 to FIE003 – Used on the Fletcher's International Exports container train service between Dubbo and Port Botany after taking over Qube Logistics' operation of this train in January 2015 and using Fletcher's three new FIE Class locomotives as the revised motive power for the service.


  1. ^ Infrastructure Train Operations Southern Shorthaul Railroad
  2. ^ Coal Train Operations Southern Shorthaul Railroad
  3. ^ Victorian Grant puts Rail Business on a New Track, Department of Premier and Cabinet Media Release, 4 October 2007
  4. ^ Press Release State Mine Railway
  5. ^ Workshop Services Southern Shorthaul Railroad
  6. ^ "Consolidated Rail Leasing Pty Ltd". Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "SSR brings competition to NSW grain rail haulage" Railway Digest June 2014 page 11
  8. ^ Disposal of Greentrains rollingstock Engenco 28 April 2016
  9. ^ "Greentrans rollingstock sold to Holdco Holdings" Railway Digest June 2016 page 6
  10. ^ Locomotives Southern Shorthaul Railroad
  11. ^ Southern Shorthaul Railroad Fleet
  12. ^ a b "Australia Wide Fleet List" Motive Power issue 96 November 2014 pages 66 & 72
  13. ^ Australia's largest rail contractor launches new work trains business John Holland 28 January 2014
  14. ^ "Motive Power Roundup" Motive Power issue 91 January 2014 page 108

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