PN and Wagner Corp hail Wellcamp intermodal talks

Rail freight giant sets its sights on future Inland Rail logistics hub

PN and Wagner Corp hail Wellcamp intermodal talks
Damian Bell


Wagner Corp’s Wellcamp intermodal investment decision continues to grow in wisdom and value, with Pacific National (PN) looking to exploit the Queensland airport and logistics hub’s proximity to Inland Rail.

Rail freight giant PN is detailed discussions have begun with Wagner Corp on the deal for the hub near Toowoomba.

"I’m delighted to confirm that Wagner Corporation has been in discussions with Australia’s largest rail freight company, Pacific National, around future opportunities to develop a major logistics hub in Wellcamp Business Park, the heart of the Darling Downs," Wagner executive general manager Damian Bell says.

"Pacific National operates rail freight services across the length and breadth of mainland Australia. Its freight business has more than 320 customers nationally… and runs more than 380 weekly services – hauling everything from agricultural and refrigerated produce to household goods to construction materials.

"We look forward to the future and what's to come."

Read about Wagner Corp’s expansion in northern Queensland, here

PN sees the Wellcamp Business Park was the perfect place to develop a major logistics hub in south east Queensland.

"The Darling Downs is one of the most productive agricultural regions in Australia, while Toowoomba is an incredibly progressive and vibrant regional city," CEO Dean Dalla Valle says.

"The proposed 250-hectare Wellcamp Logistics Hub also has frontage to the future Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project, allowing extensive future intermodal operations for freight to be transferred between trains, planes and trucks."

Unique features of a future multi-modal Wellcamp Logistics Hub PN identifies include:

  • about 2.7km of frontage to the future Inland Rail, thereby potentially allowing 1,800-metre-long freight trains to operate at the future site
  • potential to process up to 350,000 shipping containers by 2030 and 500,000 by 2040
  • provision of a fully licensed and bonded international air cargo terminal
  • daily cargo jet (e.g. 747) operations.

Wagner Corp views construction of Inland Rail as sparking the interest of private companies to consider investing in major intermodal freight hubs along the future rail corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane.

"When Wagner Corporation attended the October 2019 opening of Pacific National’s logistics terminal in Parkes – also located on the Inland Rail alignment – it gave us an exciting picture of what could be achieved with future rail freight services at Wellcamp," non-executive chairman John Wagner says.

The PN talks come hard on the heels of news that Wagner Corp will expand its Pinkemba Wharf in the Port of Brisbane to the next stage.

"The Pinkenba Wharf is is the largest composite fibre infrastructure job completed to date anywhere in the world, with the highest capacity (40,000 tonne ships), and the largest use of structural fibreglass re-bar in Australia in a single job," Wagner Corp states.

"The next stage of wharf development will see automated offloading from ships via conveyors to the storage shed and proposed clinker storage area, which will increase efficiencies even further."


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