Five $6 million, 129 tonne, 22 metre trains have been transported from Maryborough, Queensland, to Whyalla in South Australia on five separate 2,200 kilometre-long road journeys spanning three states.
Leading the charge was road transport provider Toll NQX who said the trains had to be moved by truck as Queensland hosted a different rail gauge to the rest of Australia.
Toll NQX south Queensland development manager John Gunning said transportation of the trains was a special feat for his company.
“Transporting heavy, oversize loads requires specialised equipment and often extensive planning with detailed strategies,” Gunning said.
“In each case the bogies were removed to bring the overall travelling height down to less than five metres so we don’t interfere with overhead lines, and the wheels transported on two separate trailers.
“We built special steel frames so the trailer could receive the trains without the bogies on. That also gave us something to secure the locomotives to.”
The last train reached Whyalla within a week, where two 200 tonne cranes lifted the bogies from the trucks and onto the tracks, before the locomotive could be lowered onto the bogies.
Gunning said the loads travelled during daylight hours only in each state and required a police escort in South Australia.