QUEENSLAND’S state government is expected to approve revised proposals for a railway between coal mines near Brigalow in the Darling Downs and Tarong, where a second power station is to be built (RG 1.99 p6). The original planed route has been revised to take account of local issues, and land for the line is now being acquired.

Two 110 wagon, 11500 tonne trains will run each way daily, with three or four locomotives. The line will be standard gauge, preventing through-running with the 1067mm Queensland Rail network, but suitable for linking to a future Melbourne - Gladstone - Darwin line.

The promoters hope to complete planning work so that contractors from the Alice Springs - Darwin project can roll forward onto the Brigalow scheme when the Darwin line is completed.