New state-of-the-art stabling yard in operation
01 Feb 2023
A crucial expansion of the Mayne Yard train depot, which will significantly improve stabling capacity ahead of Cross River Rail’s opening, is now in operation, marking the latest step in Queensland’s rail revolution.
Mayne Yard North, which was constructed as part of Cross River Rail before being handed over to Queensland Rail, went into operation in January.
The new stabling facility will allow up to 17 six-car trains to be stabled on site, boosting stabling capacity at the inner-city depot.
While it forms part of the wider enabling works underway at Mayne Yard and Clapham Yard in preparation for Cross River Rail, it will also support a raft of future investments, including the Beerburrum to Nambour and Kuraby to Beenleigh upgrades.
This stabling yard, which also includes a new train crew building and a graffiti removal facility, will eventually house some of the 65 new trains being built in Maryborough in time for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
While almost 600 workers were involved in constructing Mayne Yard North, focus will now shift to further enabling works on the wider depot, including reconfiguration of Mayne Yard East to support Cross River Rail construction.
Mayne Yard North fast facts:
- The expansion of the Mayne Yard depot – known as Mayne Yard North – has been delivered through Cross River Rail.
- Mayne Yard North’s new infrastructure includes a 17 six-car train-capacity stabling yard, increasing the stabling capacity to 66 six-car trains in time for Cross River Rail, a new train crew building, a graffiti removal facility, shunters hut, decanting system, substation and communications equipment room.
- More than 4.4km of track was laid at Mayne Yard North, consisting of 28,000 tonnes of ballast, 5,787 concrete sleepers, and 8,854m (490 tonnes) of rail.
- Following Mayne Yard North’s commissioning, enabling works will now take place at the existing Mayne Yard depot, which are expected to be completed in 2024.