Because train travel is so popular in Australia and all....
Inland towns and cities could have quicker access to closer ports in NSW. Like Wollongong and Newcastle for a fraction of the cost.^^ You are right. It is just as cheap to ship goods direct to destination ports otherwise the darwin-adelaide rail would need upgrading to handle extra capacity.
This project is for the inland towns to have quicker, cheaper access to export markets via Brisbane & Melbourne & also helps to shift goods from the cities to the same inland towns. Transfer of goods from port to port would be limited I would imagine.
It will though, it runs straight through the heart of mining country in Northern SA, and its not too far fetched, especially with the new Port of Darwin development, to imagine that major mining projects will be linked up to the line and use it as frieght and Darwin as the Port (due to its proximity to Asia)Perhaps, but the rail line was built partly to serve the purpose of mass freight movement. Hasnt quite made it of course.
All the time, its the most efficient way of transporting tanks and heavy vehicles like that.^^ yes, the good old defence force. I didnt know the military was in the habit of using trains. And the mining projects are apparantly more than welcome to link up to the railway. It cost a bomb, so they may as well use it.
Trains are the best method for moving entire military units, period. Once the train is loaded nothing goes astray, and the chances of accidental damages are minimised. Troops arrive fully rested, machinery in top condition and fully fueled. Imagine driving a convoy of military trucks from Adelaide to Darwin. Three or more shifts of drivers per vehicle, tons of fuel used, and every man sore from the ride. Then there's the problems of food, exercise, and accommodation, all of which a train can easily cater for.^^ yes, the good old defence force. I didnt know the military was in the habit of using trains. And the mining projects are apparantly more than welcome to link up to the railway. It cost a bomb, so they may as well use it.