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New Wagon Fleet

New Wagon Fleet

Project Cost: $28 million
Timeframe: October 2012 – May 2014
Funded by: Tasmanian Government (Rail Recovery Plan) Partners: China Northern Railway (CNR)

Project Overview: The urgent replacement of TasRail's unreliable, inefficient and life-expired wagon fleet with a new fleet of wagons constructed to TasRail specification. The new fleet comprises 120 intermodal wagons; 54 ore wagons; 18 coal wagons; and 17 cement wagons. New prototype wagons (two of each class) landed in Tasmania during September 2013 for a successful 28-day in-service trial, ahead of mass production commencing. The entire new wagon fleet was operating across revenue services by April 2014.

Project benefits:

  • Fit for purpose wagons
  • Reduce operating costs
  • Improve reliability
  • Increase capacity
  • Improve operational efficiencies • Improve safety features
  • Lower operating costs
  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Reduce spillage
  • Better ride performance
  • Decrease the risk of derailment