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

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 Unpublished , Toowoomba, Australia.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

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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.

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Item Type: Report (Technical Report)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ publication.
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Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 05:44
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 03:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: logistics, trains, beef, regional Australia, supply chains, food system groups
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160399 Demography not elsewhere classified
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070299 Animal Production not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150309 Logistics and Supply Chain Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1507 Transportation and Freight Services > 150702 Rail Transportation and Freight Services
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33955

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