Newlands System Overview
The Newlands system is located at the northern end of the Bowen Basin in North Queensland. It incorporates part of the North Coast Line between Durroburra and Kaili as well as the line to the port at Abbot Point. The system services 3 mines conveying export coal to Abbot Point Coal Terminal and domestic coal to the Queensland Nickel Refinery and the Bowen Coke Works.
The Goonyella and Abbot Point Expansion Project construction is currently underway to link the Newlands system and the Goonyella system via a new 69 km railway. These works support the expansion of Abbot Point to 50 Mtpa.
The Newlands system is comprised of 190 km of single track, capable of running diesel trains. Between Abbot Point and Collinsville and between Collinsville and McNaughton the railway is operated by Remote Controlled Signalling (RCS) and power operated points. The system is operated from the Rockhampton Control Centre utilising two safe working systems - Remote Control Signalling (RCS) and Direct Traffic Control (DTC). There is a rail yard located at Pring which caters for the provisioning of train services.