Quilpie to Brisbane, moving cattle by rail freight: the regular reliable and responsive services challenge

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Woodhead, Alice, Nugent, Timothy, McDonald, Lisa and Rezazade, Faezeh. 2016. Quilpie to Brisbane, moving cattle by rail freight: the regular reliable and responsive services challenge. Toowoomba, Australia. Unpublished.
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Quilpie to Brisbane, moving cattle by rail freight: the regular reliable and responsive services challenge

Report TypeTechnical report
AuthorsWoodhead, Alice (Author), Nugent, Timothy (Author), McDonald, Lisa (Author) and Rezazade, Faezeh (Author)
EditorsGriffiths, Michelle and Harmes, Barbara
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Number of Pages40
Year2016
PublisherUnpublished
Place of PublicationToowoomba, Australia
Abstract

Agricultural production in Queensland is spread over a vast area and is very diverse. The coastline is 7,000 km and the land area is 1.853 million km2. Livestock travel vast distances from the outback to the processing and export ports in south east Queensland. In the past rail was used for long haul point to point transportation of livestock, but over recent years there has been a decline in use of rail. This study examines the Western rail system, rail infrastructure and associated facilities. We explore the decline in the use of rail for the transport of cattle; we assess what conditions would enable the revival of trains should they be considered a viable option; and we discuss how hybrid models of trains and trucks could provide the optimum solutions for the future of livestock transport.

Keywordslogistics, trains, beef, regional Australia, supply chains, food system groups
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440399. Demography not elsewhere classified
300399. Animal production not elsewhere classified
350999. Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
350907. Rail transportation and freight services
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