Re: An introduction and a question

Steve O'Dea

That is a good question.  I don’t know what is reasonable or challenging for a light rail system and I also neglected to answer the previous question of anticipated operational lifespan.


The project has a 10 - 15 year projected life so engineering for a +30years as is typical for rail systems will over-capitalise the concept and kill it.  I was thinking along the lines of the sugar cane railways in North Queensland or the timber railways in SW WA.  These are usually 2’ gauge systems.


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On 02.02.2018 00:53, 'Steve O'Dea' natsteve@... [LRRSA]

> This brings me to a question on light rail; the answer to the haulage
> question should be "a light rail system" - specifically it should be
> low cost, low speed, simple (no turning - tram one way then reverse
> back) and efficient. Until finding this forum I had not, however, been
> able to find anyone knowledgeable on this topic. I have spoken to a
> couple of railway engineering companies but they can only think about
> traditional railways designed and engineered to last forever and
> costing a large fortune to construct. Is there someone on here who can
> advise on a simple and inexpensive light rail system?

4000 tonnes per day and associated empty movements over 60 km may be a
challenge for any 'light' system. Are you basically thinking of trucks
on rails?

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