QR National says they have reached a new milestone for its Goonyella to Abbot Point Expansion Project (GAP) following a Newlands system shutdown.
The missing link is designed to service the expanding coal mines around the Bowen Basin.
The eight day shutdown saw ten kilometres of track laid, as well as 14 500 sleepers, 22 000 swuare metres of stone ballast and around 17 000 tonnes of formation materials.
“This is a major achievement for the project. We have delivered a major round of works, involving hundreds of personnel completing more than 21,000 hours of work, with no injuries and no impact on capacity,” QR network services CEO Michael Carter said.
“Over ten teams from different parts of the business, using a range of skills from track laying to signalling, collaborated to work safely and complete works on time.
“This brings us one step closer to completing the GAP Expansion for our customers, with trains on target to start running in January 2012.”
New tracks were also installed at Sheep Station Creek over a newly built bridge while at Pring rail yard, two sections of track were commissioned and two other sections were extended for use by the larger trains QR plans to run on the Northern Missing Link from 2012.