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March 2017
Front Cover Railway Digest
Rail Industry
Railway people
– The AK Cars go north-west
Rolling stock
– Swietelsky CPB Rail MFC-45 Ballast Spoil Wagons
– Rolling Stock Contracts and Deliveriess

Preservation and Tourist
– Grant funds support Pingelly Station redevelopment

Readers Write

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On Thursday morning 19 January, CM3316, CM3307 and QBX003 head south near Tahmoor, NSW, with a QUBE intermodal freight service. Steve Munro


SCT commences Melbourne – Brisbane services
As foreshadowed in our January issue, SCT Logistics commenced operating rail services between Melbourne and the company's new terminal at Bromelton, 49 kilometres south of Brisbane's Acacia Ridge freight terminal, from 21 January. The inaugural service departed on that day from the company's Altona terminal with SCT Class EMD/Downer units 004, 007 and 006 hauling 37 vans of palletised freight, plus a crew car and container wagon carrying an on-line refuelling tank and a container.
John Hoyle reports.

Sticks and tricks
The use of traditional timber sleepers is becoming problematic. Main line railways are using fewer of them (some almost not at all). The timber cutters and sawmills that provided them are closing, and good timber suitable for railway sleepers is getting harder to obtain. Concrete is favoured by most 'commercial' railways these days, but they don't come cheap, and they always need mechanisation for any handling. David Campbell takes a look at a new alternative to timber and concrete, currently undergoing extensive testing, that could make a big difference to the permanent way of heritage and secondary main lines.

South of the border
We present some recent images of rail operations around The Garden State.

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