Freight leaders to cross the Nullarbor

Five of Australia’s leaders in the freight industry have joined an SCT Logistics intermodal train service currently en route from SCT’s new export freight terminal precinct at Penfield, north of Adelaide, to Perth, to discuss business opportunities, growth potential for the East-West rail freight corridor and review infrastructure investment.

Sharing the rail journey across the Nullarbor are:

  • Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) CEO, John Fullerton;
  • Brookfield Rail CEO, Paul Larsen;
  • SCT Logistics CEO, Glenn Smith;
  • SCT Logistics Managing Director, Geoff Smith; and,
  • SCT Logistics General Manager Rail, Noel Ramsey.

Photo Caption L to R: Noel Ramsey, Glenn Smith, Geoff Smith, John Fullerton, Paul Larsen


  • Rail dominates the land freight task between Sydney and Perth (East-West rail corridor), commanding an estimated 82 per cent market share.
  • Demand is ongoing – both from intermodal freight traffic and resources traffic (the rail corridor to Perth carries large, efficient double-stacked 1800m long trains).
  • SCT Logistics are investing in and have recently purchased a number of new, larger and more efficient, ‘AC tractive’ locomotives. It has recently added an additional 10 of these environmentally clean locomotives to its current fleet of 15 with a further investment of $50 million.
  • SCT has invested over $60 million in its Adelaide rail freight centre at Penfield, North of Adelaide, with a further $16 million of investment planned.
  • Brookfield Rail infrastructure investment into its rail network includes a multi-million re-railing upgrade of 185km of track between Kalgoorlie and Koolyanobbing.
  • Since privatisation of State Government Railways in 2000 – Brookfield Rail has invested over $2 billion in West Australian railways. They move around 70mtpa of freight on their network.
  • ARTC’s is rolling out its ground breaking Advanced Train Management System in 2014 in sections of the rail corridor between Adelaide and Perth.

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