Locos unloaded for Carmichael coal fleet
Bowen Rail Company has celebrated the arrival of its first locomotives through the Port of Townsville, as the business ramps up to start transporting coal for the Carmichael mine.
The company said its fleet of locomotives, from Caterpillar’s Progress Rail business in the USA, were the most technologically advanced freight locomotives Australia had seen.
It has taken delivery of three locomotives in this batch of arrivals, building towards an initial Bowen Rail Company fleet of 360 wagons and 10 locomotives.
NSS were the appointed stevedores for these locomotives and safely arranged the smooth discharge of the units from the vessel.
“The locomotives boast new safety technology which improves braking and ease of operating, providing a safer environment for our train crew,” Bowen Rail Company chief executive officer Trista Brohier said.
“They have highly intelligent IT systems that enable us to operate the trains and track their movements from anywhere in the country and they are also more fuel efficient, using 10 per cent less fuel than the existing diesel trains in Australia.”
The arrival of the locomotives comes as Bowen company Hillery Group continues work on a rail yard construction project, expected to create more than 100 jobs.
Recruitment is underway for train drivers and other roles including supervisors, maintenance planners, trainees and corporate positions which will see more than 50 new people employed for Bowen Rail Company throughout this initial phase.
“Despite the cutting-edge technology of our fleet, all our trains will have drivers. We will provide real jobs for real people,” Ms Brohier said.
“We’re proud that our business is headquartered in Bowen, delivering long-term economic benefits for the region, while also enabling us to draw on the highly-skilled rail and resources sector expertise that resides across the Whitsundays.”
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