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Mt Miller

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Mt Miller is located at the 544 km post about twelve kilometers north of Gladstone on the NCL and features a goods yard and junction to the Fisherman's Landing branch line serving two large industrial plants. The yard was mainly built to serve the needs of the Orica chemical plant and the Cement Australia plant that ship their products by container.

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Looking south towards Gladstone as an empty 4000 class coal set heads north. The derailed wagon has been left inplace since coming off the rails on May 10th. The line you see in the foreground leads to Mt Miller Goods yard as well as being the southern approach to the Fishermans Landing Branch.
24/06/2006 11:51:22 AM

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2205D + 2333 + 2337 ease their way around the southern angle of the Fisherman's Ianding Branch after unloading its steaming coal at one of the two plants served by this line. 
Part of this new branch was actually the former NCL before the Mt Miller deviation was constructed due to the boom in coal traffic.
The train will wait at the inter locking for a shunter to arrive and let it onto the Down Main back to Gladstone.
 24/06/2006 12:01:05 PM

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The empty coal train sits in the dip in the track as it waits for the Up Main to clear.  Mt Larcom stands as silent witnes in the near distance, the local aboriginal people know the mountain by another name, Byelle. This local name is also used as a location name on the NCL a few kilometers south of Mt Miller  for the junction of the NCL and Moura Line.
24/06/2006 12:08:49 PM

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One given the go ahead by the train controller the points are set and the coalie gently leaves the branch.
24/06/2006 12:09:28 PM

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A 2800 class GE loco arrives wrong road from Rockhampton to pick up a load of containers loaded with cement and explosives bound for northern locations.
You may notice the end of train maker on the rear coupler.
24/06/2006 12:43:19 PM
 

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Another 4000 class coal set runs up the grade as the 2800 class couples onto its wagons and pumps up the air.
24/06/2006 1:10:55 PM

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Once a loaded electric coal train had passed 2843 pulls its train out of the yard and onto the Up main.
24/06/2006 1:23:34 PM
 

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A northbound Pacific Natinal Queensland train headed by PN004 powers up the grade as 2843 has nearly drawn its train out onto the main. The loco will detach and proceed about 1500 meters to the dual crossovers at the southern end of the Mt Miller section of the NCL.
It will cross over to the Down main to run around its train, waiting at the crossovers on the Up Main is the limestone train from Taragoola waiting for the container train to clear the line so it can access the Fisherman's Landing Branch.
24/06/2006 1:25:43 PM

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After crossing over 2843 runs to the northern end of Mt Miller to change tracks again.  24/06/2006 1:38:21 PM

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Nearly there and not long after this photo the train departed for Rocky.

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2143F + 2144F gently exit the Up Main and proceeds along the Fisherman's Landing Branch.
24/06/2006 2:02:09 PM

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