Work at SA’s Islington Workshops is picking up pace as around 70 new hopper wagons being built by Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia (CFCLA) for the Territory Resources’ iron ore task take shape. Pending increase in output from Frances Creek, more wagons and locomotives (in addition to the three already leased from CFCLA) may be called for.

As a result of ongoing growth in intermodal business and the start-up of Oxiana’s Prominent Hill mine (for which FreightLink will rail copper and gold concentrate from the mine southeast of Coober Pedy to the Port of Darwin), a sixth train service will be operational by mid-2008. To service it and the Oxiana contract, a further four locomotives, 116 flat wagons and a crew car will be leased from CFCLA.