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Aurizon Holdings Limited
TypePublic
Traded asASXAZJ
IndustryRail transport
Founded2004 (as QR National)
HeadquartersBrisbane, Australia
Number of locations59
Area servedQueensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia
Key peopleLance Hockridge (CEO)
ProductsCoal, bulk and containerised freight
ServicesLogistics, supply chain management, line haul and terminal operations
Employees7,969 (June 2013)
DivisionsNetwork, Coal, Iron Ore & Freight
SubsidiariesAustralian Railroad Group, CRT Group, Interail
Websitewww.aurizon.com.au
 
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Aurizon Holdings Limited
TypePublic
Traded asASXAZJ
IndustryRail transport
Founded2004 (as QR National)
HeadquartersBrisbane, Australia
Number of locations59
Area servedQueensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia
Key peopleLance Hockridge (CEO)
ProductsCoal, bulk and containerised freight
ServicesLogistics, supply chain management, line haul and terminal operations
Employees7,969 (June 2013)
DivisionsNetwork, Coal, Iron Ore & Freight
SubsidiariesAustralian Railroad Group, CRT Group, Interail
Websitewww.aurizon.com.au

Aurizon is a publicly listed rail freight company in Australia. Formerly owned by the Government of Queensland, its assets were transferred to a new company QR National Limited in July 2010 in preparation for it being floated on the Australian Securities Exchange in November 2010. Aurizon is Australia's largest rail freight company.[citation needed]

QR National was established in the 2004/05 financial year when Queensland Rail's coal, bulk and containerised business units were brought under one banner. It was formed with the charter to operate freight services in Queensland and around Australia, expanding though the winning of contracts and the acquisition of other companies. QR National was rebranded as Aurizon in December 2012.

Each day the company moves on average more than 700,000 tonnes of coal, iron ore and other minerals as well as agricultural products and general freight across the national.[citation needed] With operations across five states, Aurizon manages the 2,670 kilometre Central Queensland coal network that links mines to coal ports at Bowen, Gladstone and Mackay and is the largest haulier of iron ore outside the Pilbara.[citation needed]

History[edit]

QR National logo (2004-2010)

The QR National brand was established in the 2004/05 financial year when Queensland Rail's coal, bulk and containerised business units were brought under one banner.

It also incorporated subsidiaries Interail, which had been acquired in March 2002 and operated services in New South Wales,[1][2] and logistics company CRT Group, for which QR National already provided line haulage and purchased outright in June 2005.[3][4]

In June 2006 QR National acquired Australian Railroad Group (ARG) which had operations in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.[5][6][7] ARG remained a separate subsidiary operation until it was rebranded as QR National in July 2011.

In Queensland, the major traffic is coal, both for export and domestic power generation.[8] In 2005 QR National commenced running export coal services in the New South Wales Hunter Valley[9] and by November 2007 the QR National network covered the entire mainland (except the Northern Territory) with the operation of their first Melbourne to Perth intermodal container service.[10] In August 2008 QR National took over the operation of Melbourne - Horsham container service for Wimmera Container Line, after Pacific National withdrew its service.[11]

Following a vote by its shareholders, QR National was rebranded as Aurizon in December 2012.[12][13]

Public float[edit]

QR National logo (2010-2012)

In June 2009 the Queensland Government announced the Renewing Queensland Plan, with Queensland Rail's commercial activities to be separated from the Government's core passenger service responsibilities, formed into a new company named QR National Limited and privatised.[14][15][16] The company was split into two from July 2010 with QR National taking the coal business in Queensland and New South Wales, regional freight business in Queensland, bulk mineral and grain haulage in Queensland and Western Australia, and containerised freight between Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.[17]

QR National received a 99 year lease over the 2,300 km Queensland coal network:[18]

It is responsible for the maintenance of these lines.

The rollingstock workshops at Redbank, Rockhampton and Townsville were also included.[19]

QR National was floated in November 2010.[20] From July 2011 all subsidiary operations were rebranded as QR National.[21][22]

Current fleet[edit]

ClassImageTypeTop speed
(km/h)
BuiltNumberBusiness unitUse and area of operationNotes
Standard gauge fleet
GQRN MA6 freight at Moorabool.jpgDiesel-electric11519842AurizonInterstate intermodalEx CRT Group
XDiesel-electric11519762AurizonInterstate intermodalEx CRT Group
LDPLDP001-LDP007-Dynon.jpgDiesel-electric11520099AurizonInterstate intermodalLeased from Downer EDI Rail
LDP001-003 in Downer EDI Rail livery
LDP004-009 in QR National livery
5000Diesel-electric802005-200712AurizonHunter Valley coal
5020Diesel-electric80201019AurizonHunter Valley coalHeavy haul variant of 5000 class
6000QRNational 6000 class number 2 end.jpgDiesel-electric11520096AurizonHunter Valley coal, interstate intermodalOriginally 12 units, 6 converted to ACA class
6020Diesel-electric11520129AurizonInterstate intermodal
42142107Somerton.jpgDiesel-electric1151965-19665AurizonIntermodal freight, grainEx Interail, 4 stored
422Nsw-asr-2208-newport.jpgDiesel-electric1151969-197013Aurizon
Aurizon Bulk Freight East
Aurizon Bulk Freight West
Intermodal freight.11 ex Australian Railroad Group, 2 ex Interail, some numbered as the 22 class or DC class, 4 stored
423Diesel-electric10020026AurizonIntermodal freight, Hunter Valley coal, grainRebuilt from Queensland Railways 1502 class
CLFArg-intermodal-lara-australia.jpgDiesel-electric11519705AurizonInterstate intermodalEx Australian Railroad Group, 3 stored
CLPDiesel-electric11519705AurizonInterstate intermodalEx Australian Railroad Group, 4 stored
ACARG AC4305 North Dynon.jpgDiesel-electric11520098Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group
ACADiesel-electric11520106Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaConverted from 6000 class
ACBDiesel-electric11520116Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group
ACCDiesel-electric11520133Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaFollow on from 6020 class
LL 266 Kalgoorlie, 7001.jpgDiesel-electric11519676Aurizon Bulk Freight West
Aurizon Bulk Freight East
Western Australia, New South WalesEx Australian Railroad Group, 1 stored
LQARG LQ 3121 diesel locomotive at Thornlie.jpgDiesel-electric11519672Aurizon Bulk Freight West
Aurizon Bulk Freight East
Western Australia, New South Wales1 Ex Australian Railroad Group, 1 ex Interail
LZLZ 3105 Forrestfield, 2007.jpgDiesel-electric115196710Aurizon Bulk Freight West
Aurizon Bulk Freight East
Western Australia, New South WalesEx Australian Railroad Group
QAustralian Railroad Group Q4018 Ore.JPGDiesel-electric115199719Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group
2800QRNational-2800-class-diesel.jpgDiesel-electric1001995-19983AurizonIntermodalRegauged from 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge
Queensland 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) fleet
1720QR loco 1738 hauls a short livestock train south along the Denison St section of the NCL. This line has since been reduced to single track.jpgDiesel-electric801966-197028AurizonGeneral freight and shunting16 other units sold to South Africa in 2012, 8 stored
2100Diesel-electric801970-198453AurizonGeneral freight and minerals5 other units transferred to Western Australia as the DD class (see below), 4 other units sold to TasRail in 2011, 3 to South Africa in 2012, 2 stored for parts
2250Diesel-electric1002004-200525AurizonGeneral freight and mineralsRebuilt from 2100 class and 1550 class, 4 stored
23002303 - Redbank - 2000.jpegDiesel-electric100199753AurizonGeneral freight and minerals, 7 other units in Western Australia as DFZ class (see below)Rebuilt from 1550 class
2400Diesel-electric1001977-198038AurizonGeneral freight and minerals1 stored
2800QRNational-2800-class-diesel.jpgDiesel-electric1001995-199846AurizonGeneral freight and minerals3 other units on standard gauge (see above), 1 other unit in Western Australia as PA class (see below)
4000Diesel-electric1002000-200549Aurizon CoalBlackwater and Moura coal networks
4100QRNATIONAL 4140.JPGDiesel-electric1002007-201256Aurizon CoalBlackwater, Moura and Newlands coal networksOriginally 75 units, 19 units transferred to Western Australia as ACN class
3100/3200QR electric locos 3102 & 3255 on the Goonyella line ~1991.jpgElectric801986-198915Aurizon CoalBowen Basin3 other units sold to South Africa in 2012, Remaining units stored
3300/3400Electric801994-199513Aurizon CoalBlackwater coal networkStored
3500/3600QR 3524.jpgElectric801986-198868Aurizon CoalBlackwater coal network15 stored
3551Electric802003-200414Aurizon CoalBlackwater coal networkRebuilt from 3900 class
3700QR 3701.jpgElectric802005-200763Aurizon CoalGoonyella and Blackwater coal networksRebuilt from 3100/3200 class
3800QR 3811.jpgElectric802008-201045Aurizon CoalGoonyella and Blackwater coal networks
3900Dia 0385.jpgElectric1001988-9011Aurizon CoalBlackwater coal networkStored
Western Australia 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) fleet
ADiesel-electric10019602Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group, 1 stored
ABDiesel-electric10019704Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group
ACNDiesel-electric1002011-201219Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaOriginally part of 4100 class, transferred to Western Australia and retained their original numbers
DD 1562 Kwinana, 2004.jpgDiesel-electric10019712Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group, 1 stored
DADiesel-electric10019713Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group
DAZDiesel-electric10019713Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group
DBDiesel-electric10019825Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group
DBZDBZ2312 P2512 Broomehill, 2011.jpgDiesel-electric10019825Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group
DDDiesel-electric1001970-19845Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaConverted from 2100 class
DFZDiesel-electric10019717Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaConverted from 2300 class
PP 2509 P 2513, Katanning, 2007.jpgDiesel-electric1001989-199113Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group
PAQRNational-2800-class-diesel.jpgDiesel-electric10019961Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaConverted from 2800 class
SDiesel-electric90199611Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group
830Diesel-electric11519631Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group
16001605 1602 forrestfield 090705.jpgDiesel-electric8019712Aurizon Bulk Freight WestWestern AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group

Former fleet[edit]

ClassImageTypeGaugeTop speed
(km/h)
BuiltNumberBusiness unitUse and area of operationNotes
500Diesel-electricStandard8019641AurizonShunting, South AustraliaEx Australian Railroad Group, donated to Steamranger in October 2010
2600Diesel-electric3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)100198313AurizonQueensland coal and mineralsEntire class sold to South Africa in 2012

Queensland coal networks[edit]

Blackwater[edit]

The Blackwater coal network is situated in Central Queensland.[23] This networks runs from the dual ports of Clinton Coal (Gladstone Port Authority operated) and Barney Point (BMA operated) to the mines in the southern section of the Bowen Basin coal area. This rail network transports coal from Gregory coal mine, Oaky Creek Mine, German Creek coal mine, Jellinbah coal mine, Lake Vermont Mine, Yarrabee Mine, Curragh coal mine, Boorgoon Mine, Kinrola Mine, Rolleston coal mine, Cook Colliery, Ensham Mine, Kestrel coal mine and Minerva Mines. Both the Blackwater and Goonyella coal networks are linked at Gregory Mine. At different times during the year coal may be transported from one network to the other depending on coal demand, coal blending requirements or due to network disruptions.

In 1985 the network was electrified with a 25Kv overhead traction system. The network has been extended on several occasions as more mines come online. Two recent new mines have not been electrified. These are Rollestone and Minerva Mines. The cost involved for the electrification of these two mines was considered too high as they are a considerable distance to join onto the current electrified network.

There is both export and domestic customers served by this network. Domestic customers include Stanwell and Gladstone power stations. There are two rail operations in the network, QR National being the biggest operator and Pacific National being a newcomer to the network.

Goonyella[edit]

The Goonyella coal network is situated in Central Queensland.[24] Running from the dual ports of Hay Point (BMA operated) and Dalrymple Bay (BBI operated) to the mines in the northern section of the Bowen Basin coal area. This rail network transports coal from Gregory Mine, Oaky Creek coal mine, German Creek coal mine, Foxleigh coal mine, Norwich Park coal mine, Lake Vermont Mine, Saraji coal mine, Peak Downs Mine, Millennium Mine, Poitrel Mine, Moorvale Mine, Burton Downs Mine, Carborough Downs Mine, Issac Plains Mine, Moranbah North coal mine, Goonyella Riverside Mine, Hail Creek coal mine, Clermont Mine, Riverside Mine, North Goonyella coal mine, South Walker Creek coal mine, and Blair Athol coal mine. Both the Goonyella and Blackwater coal networks are linked at Gregory Mine. At different times during the year coal may be transported from one network to the other depending on coal demand, coal blending requirements or due to network disruptions.

In 1985 the network was electrified with a 25kV overhead traction system. The network has been extended on several occasions as more mines come online. With each extension the electrified network has also been extended to accommodate the new mines. This line serves Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, BHP Billiton Mitsubitshi Alliance (BMA) Jellinbah Resources, Peabody Energy Australia, Rio Tinto Coal Australia, Vale Australia, Bowen Central Coal, Xstrata Coal Queensland, McCarthur Coal.

There are two rail operations in the network, QR National being the biggest operator and Pacific National being a newcomer to the network. Xstrata has bought a number of locomotives and assures a part of its coal freight independently.

There is actually a project for the "Norther Missing Line" GAP (Goonyella to Abbot Point) railway who's objective is to link the Goonyella line to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal. With growing orders form Asian countries (mostly China & India who have huge energetic needs), the GAP is a vital project as Abbot Point has the advantage of being 2–3 days closer to Asia than other ports, reducing tonnage price. There has been no press release regarding the electrification of this line.

Moura[edit]

The Moura coal network is situated in Central Queensland.[25] This networks runs from the dual ports of Clinton Coal (Gladstone Port Authority operated) and Barney Point (BMA operated) to the mines in the southern section of the Bowen Basin coal area. This rail network transports coal from Moura Mine and Boundary Hill Mine.

Newlands[edit]

The Newlands coal network is situated in Central Queensland.[26] This networks runs from the Abbott Point to the mines in the northern section of the Bowen Basin coal area. This rail network transports coal from Newlands coal mine, Sonoma Mine and Collinsville coal mine.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "QR moves into NSW with Northern Rivers Railroad buy" Rail Express 12 March 2002
  2. ^ "QR National push" WorldCargo News March 2002
  3. ^ "Queensland Rail sorts logistics for acquisition" The Age 25 June 2005
  4. ^ Peter Attenborough (February 2006). "Colin Rees Transport". Australian Model Railway Magazine 22 (256): page 36. 
  5. ^ "Qld Rail 'goes national' with freight expansion". ABC News. 14 February 2006. 
  6. ^ "Qld Rail buys into freight market" The Age 14 February 2006
  7. ^ Annual Report QR Limited 30 June 2007
  8. ^ Coal QR National
  9. ^ Hunter Valley Coal System QR National October 2011
  10. ^ "QR completes another phase in its national strategy with coast-to-coast rail freight services". QR National - News articles. 12 October 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2008. 
  11. ^ "Rail to roll on". Wimmera Mail Times. yourguide.com.au. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008. 
  12. ^ QR National - Results of AGM Aurizon 21 November 2012
  13. ^ QR National Limited - Change of name to Aurizon Holdings Limited and adoption of replacement Constitution Aurizon 3 December 2012
  14. ^ Premier announces QR privatisation plan Railway Gazette International 4 June 2009
  15. ^ Marissa Calligeros (2 June 2009). "Queensland asset sales to reap $15 billion". www.brisbanetimes.com.au. Retrieved 20 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "Queensland assets sale". www.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 20 June 2010. [dead link]
  17. ^ A Milestone Event in the History of QR QR National 1 July 2010
  18. ^ Network systems QR National
  19. ^ Queensland Treasury (2010). "Queensland Rail: scoping study outcomes". www.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 20 June 2010. [dead link]
  20. ^ QR National makes sharemarket debut QR National 22 November 2010
  21. ^ QR National Australian Railroad Group 1 July 2011
  22. ^ Important Announcement - CRT Group CRT Group 1 July 2011
  23. ^ Blackwater Coal System QR National October 2011
  24. ^ Goonyella Coal System QR National October 2011
  25. ^ Moura Coal System QR National October 2011
  26. ^ Newlands Coal System QR National October 2011