Grain trains run on Benalla Oaklands line

     
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Grain trains are operating again on the recently upgraded Benalla to Oaklands line.

Grain trains are operating again on the recently upgraded Benalla to Oaklands line.

The 126km Benalla to Oaklands rail freight line was standardised and upgraded as part of the State Government's $38.7 million Silver Lines package.

The line gives grain producers direct access to the national rail freight network, enabling the movement of product between New South Wales and Victoria via rail.
 
The first train to use the upgraded line came from Melbourne and entered the freight line at Benalla, headed to Oaklands to load grain and then returned later the same day to the Port of Melbourne to unload.

Grain trains scheduled to operate between Melbourne and Oaklands each carry 2200 tonnes of grain. During the coming year it is expected that in excess of 120,000 tonnes of grain will be transported along the railway.

As part of the $16.5 million Benalla to Oaklands project, nearly 50,000 timber sleepers were replaced and more than 70 jobs were created through the project.

 

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