Rail Freight
Economic Efficient Environmental

Rail has long been a cornerstone of Applied Logistic’s suite of services. We love that rail is economical, efficient and environmentally responsible. Rail is also secure, smooth and reliable.

Rail is best suited to general freight through consolidators (or forwarders) or full loads over longer distances.

Linehaul rail operators (such as Aurizon) only accept loaded shipping containers. Applied Logistics is able to provide you with a full service, including road cartage and both standard and specialised shipping containers to handle your freight.

We have direct access to Aurizon, Pacific National, SCT, GWA and TasRail services, as well as through forwarders such as Toll, Sadleirs, NTFS, K&S Group and Rand Transport.

Call us to discuss how we can utilise rail to make your supply chain more efficient and effective today!

What can be moved by rail?
  • Pallets
  • Crates
  • Skids
  • Cartons
  • Pipes
  • Building materials
  • Foodstuffs
  • Containers
  • Machinery
  • Vehicles
  • Plant
  • Refrigerated
What products are not a good fit for rail?

Rail has certain limitations when it comes to large items. Typically, we are limited to 13.7m in length, 2.5m in width and 2.6m in height – although this does depend on a lot of factors. Typically rail is inefficient for moving cars and small items.

Freight trains no longer stops at all stations, in fact, the major rail terminals in Australia are listed below:

  • Brisbane
  • Gladstone
  • Rockhampton
  • Mackay
  • Bowen
  • Townsville
  • Innisfail
  • Cairns
  • Cloncurry
  • Mount Isa
  • Sydney
  • Newcastle
  • Melbourne
  • Burnie
  • Devonport
  • Conara
  • Bell Bay
  • Brighton (Hobart)
  • Alice Springs
  • Tennant Creek
  • Katherine
  • Darwin
  • Perth
  • Kalgoorlie
Our Rail Industry Partners
We partner with these organisations to provide you with an outstanding service.
Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA)
Genesee & Wyoming Australia (GWA)
Northern Territory Linehaul Rail Operator
GWA are the network manager for the Tarcoola to Darwin Rail Line. They are also the only rail linehaul operator between Adelaide and the Northern Territory. GWA deliver containers to Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin, utilising double stack wagons.
Pacific National
Pacific National
Linehaul Rail Operator
Pacific National operate the rail linehaul services used by our consolidators Toll, K&S Freighters, Sadleirs and others. Pacific National also operate the express services between the Eastern Seaboard and Perth.

Rail Linehaul Operator
Aurizon operate linehaul rail services on the Interstate and Queensland networks. Aurizon are provide the only rail link to the Port of Brisbane and are the only operator to provide a road-free connection between the Interstate and Queensland networks.
Australian Rail Track Corporation
Australian Rail Track Corporation
Interstate Rail Network Manager
The ARTC manages access, maintenance, investment and upgrades in the Interstate Rail Network. The ARTC is also working on the Inland Rail project, linking Melbourne with Brisbane. View their ``See Freight in a New Light`` website.
Tasmania Network Manager and Linehaul Rail Operator
TasRail is the network manager and linehaul rail operator in Tasmania, owned by the Tasmanian State Government. TasRail has recently invested in new locomotives, wagons, infrastructure and terminals in order to become a service provider of choice in the Tasmanian Linehaul Market.

TasRail operate intermodal terminals at Burnie (the port for Toll Shipping), Devonport (the port for SeaRoad and the Spirit of Tasmania), Bell Bay, Conara and Brighton (Hobart).

Southern Short Haul Railroad
Southern Short Haul Railroad
Rail Linehaul Operator
Southern Short Haul Railroad operate export container train services for agricultural producers in regional New South Wales. Applied Logistics has the ability to partner with SSR to build a regional rail supply chain that is efficiently connected to your international markets. We can also access spare capacity on other manufacturer's trains to regional locations such as Dubbo, Narrabri and Wee Waa - on an as available basis.

Oversize and overweight freight

Often we find that people overlook rail as a means to transport unusual items, when rail is actually very flexible. We are able to move items up to 2.7m in height east of Adelaide, and depending on the route, we can handle significantly over width loads. Rail also allows us to move very heavy loads economically. We can load 27-28 tonnes into a 20′ container, which would require a B-Double to transport long distances on road.

Tailored solutions

We work with our clients to provide the best possible solution to your needs. Sometimes you need speed – and rail can be competitive in this space over longer distances, such as Melbourne to Perth or Brisbane. We have access to express freight trains from all capital cities to Perth, which can be faster than road. Other times, you need a focus on safety and protecting your freight.

The thing that rail is best at is providing a reliable, consistent and trustworthy service. If you have regular movements, we can reduce your stress through rail’s reliability, whilst reducing your costs and increasing your environmental credentials.


When you need help


Applied Logistics is here to solve your logistical challenges. We always have contingency plans for when things don’t quite go according to plan. Usually there is only one major incident on rail each year – but we have solutions for when this occurs. in 2015, floods wiped out the line between Taree and Newcastle for two weeks. During this time, we were able to road freight our client’s freight to Sydney, so that they could catch the train to Perth. Rail is resilient and extremely safe compared to Road. Rest assured that when you partner with us, we have the ability to get you back on track ASAP.

What you can expect from us

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We work closely with you to understand your needs. The more we work together, the better we can serve you
Operational Efficiency
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Customer Service
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Industries Served

Success requires specific industry knowledge and expertise. We understand the unique attributes and specific requirements of your industry.
  • Oil and Gas
  • Mining
  • Energy
  • Industrial
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Civil
  • Import
  • Export
  • Trade
  • Supply
  • Distribution
  • Environmental
  • Tourism
  • Foodstuffs
  • FMCG
  • Packaging
  • Distribution
  • Entertainment
  • Events
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