Forty new Martinus-branded ballast wagons recently arrived at Port of Mackay, on their way to help deliver one of Australia’s largest track projects – the Carmichael Rail Network.
Bravus Mining and Resources this week announced that contractors had started laying track for the 200km railway line needed to connect its Carmichael coal mine in Central Queensland to port.
Australian-owned rail contractor Martinus is delivering civil and track works on the project and is deploying a range of specialised rail equipment.
Chief executive officer and managing director Treaven Martinus said the Martinus ballast wagons were gauge convertible, and each held up to 80 tonnes of ballast.
“More than 600,000 tonnes of ballast will be used to deliver this major rail project,” he said.
“Ballast is an important part of the track laying process, it supports the structural integrity of the tracks and ensures good drainage.
“To reduce the number of trucks on highways and regional roads the project team are using material from the site. This goes a long way in improving safety and efficiency across the project.”
Martinus is also using five of its flashbutt welding units, locomotives, flat wagons, track laying machines (TLM), as well as the only high production sleeper laying machine (SLM) in Australia.
Mr Martinus said the machine (pictured below) would lay about 1500m of track a day.