SCT Logistics invests in rail to outdo road

By: Jason Whittaker


Intermodal freight operator SCT Logistics is hoping its multi-million dollar investment in its locomotives will result in a resurgence of

Intermodal freight operator SCT Logistics is hoping its multi-million dollar investment in its locomotives will result in a resurgence of rail freight.

The company has spent some $100 million buying new locomotives to the point where one interstate freight trip carried a record-setting 6,000 tonnes, an amount which would require 87 B-doubles if it was carried via road.

As the train departed from Parkes in New South Wales bound for Perth, SCT Logistics Chief Executive Geoff Smith hoped it would shift the current mentality of rail, which has recently been characterised by poor tracks, closures and low profit margins.

"The general interstate rail network, particularly the performance and reputation of the East-West corridor, unfortunately has been battered over the past 12 months," Smith says.

"We are delighted to promote more positive news, and a 6,000 tonne general freight train is quite an achievement and another milestone that SCT Logistics is very proud of."

SCT Logistics recently purchased 4,500 horse power trains, a part of its three-year project to introduce a state-of-the-art locomotive fleet to develop a more efficient fleet capable of outdoing their interstate rail competitors.

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