Pacific National (PN) is an Australian rail freight company which transports bulk commodities and containerised freight across the length and breadth of Australia, including coal, steel, agricultural products, construction materials, fuel, waste, chemicals and refrigerated produce.
|Dean Dalla Valle (CEO)|
|Services||Rail haulage services|
|Total assets||570 active locomotives|
|Owner||Global Infrastructure Partners, CPP Investment Board, China Investment Corporation, GIC Private Limited and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation|
Number of employees
|Divisions||General cargo, import and export, refrigerated goods, waste, steel, soft and hard commodities including grain, coal and minerals|
It is also Australia’s leading intermodal freight and steel freight operator, eastern Australia’s top carrier of regional exports, bulk goods, grain, and agricultural products, the largest transporter of coal in NSW, and the second-largest transporter of coal in Queensland.
Pacific National employs over 3,000 people in 90 locations across Australia, mainly in regional and rural areas.
Pacific National is a member of the Freight on Rail Group (FORG) of Australia, which is represented by seven of Australia’s major rail freight operating companies and network rail organisations to engage with Government and key stakeholders on major public policy issues.
Pacific National’s heritage dates to the origins of rail in Australia when the NSW Government Railways (NSWGR) commenced operations in 1855.
In 1912, Commonwealth Railways formed to build out the national rail network of Australia and in 1975 Australian National Railways (ANR) formed to take over the assets and operations of Commonwealth Railways.
In February 2002 National Rail's freight operations and rollingstock (owned by the Federal, New South Wales and Victorian Governments) were combined with FreightCorp (owned by the New South Wales Government) and sold to a joint venture between Patrick Corporation and Toll Holdings as Pacific National.
In February 2004 Pacific National purchased Australian Transport Network, operator of ATN Access and AN Tasrail. In August 2004 Pacific National purchased Freight Australia, giving Pacific National control of the Victorian non-urban rail track, excluding the interstate network which is controlled by the Australian Rail Track Corporation. As part of the sale conditions the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission attached special conditions to the sale to ensure competition in the rail freight industry. The company was required to provide a 'starter pack' of locomotives, wagons, train paths, and freight terminals for a third party rail operator on the east-west route across the Nullarbor Plain. To fulfill this Pacific National sold nine refurbished G class locomotives to competitor SCT Logistics to allow it to operate its own services
In March 2005 Pacific National Queensland became the first non-Queensland Rail narrow gauge commercial rail operation in Queensland, with the commencement of container services between Brisbane and Cairns.
In November 2006 Pacific National entered into an agreement to sell the remainder of its Victorian rail lease of the network back to the Victorian Government. The sale was completed in May 2007, with the government owned V/Line taking over management of the track.
In 2005 Toll Holdings launched a hostile takeover bid for its joint venture partner Patrick Corporation which was successful giving Toll Holdings 100% ownership of Pacific National. In 2007 Toll Holdings was restructured into two separately ASX listed companies: Toll Holdings and Asciano Limited. As part of this restructure, Pacific National became a wholly owned subsidiary of Asciano Limited.
In 2016, Asciano agreed to sell Pacific National to Australian Logistics Acquisition Investments Pty Limited, a consortium of Global Infrastructure Partners, CPP Investment Board, China Investment Corporation, GIC Private Limited and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. The transfer was completed on 19 August 2016.
In 2017, Pacific National announced an initial $35 million investment to develop the company’s Parkes Logistics Terminal, located within the National Logistics Hub.
Once fully operational, Pacific National’s Parkes Logistics Terminal will have the capacity to process approximately 450,000 cargo containers each year, including the ability to haul double-stacked containers from Parkes to Perth.
Construction of Pacific National’s terminal commenced in October 2018. Freight trains 1,800-metres in length are expected to be hauling from the terminal to Perth in late 2019.
Pacific National services all mainland state and territories, and offer Australian industry and businesses a cost-effective, seamless and secure method of moving goods from point A to point B, maximizing efficiency, meeting environmental targets, and minimising delays and damage.
It offers Australia’s largest network of interstate rail freight capabilities, 180 services a week, and a variety of service options including Superfreighter, Express, IMEX and Sprinter. In 2018, on a weekly basis Pacific National hauled over 17,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) and 2.97 million tonnes of coal. Its fleet of 570 active locomotives services the needs of over 340 customers.
Current locomotive fleet
|Rural and Bulk Division|
|48||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1959-1970||48||Ex FreightCorp. 15 stored.|
|80||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1979-1983||20||Ex FreightCorp. 12 stored.|
|830||Diesel-electric||115||1960-1963||3||Ex Australian Transport Network. All stored.|
|A||Diesel-electric||Broad||115||1984||7||Ex Freight Australia. 6 Scrapped (71, 73, 77, 79, 81 and 85) and 1 (78) Stored as of 28/1/2019.|
|G||Diesel-electric||Broad, Standard||115||1985-1989||20||Ex National Rail Corporation and Freight Australia. 9 sold to SCT Logistics in 2007.|
|H||Diesel-electric||Broad||100||1968||2||Ex Freight Australia. 1 stored. 3 sold to Ettamogah Rail Hub in 2015.|
|L||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1967-1969||3||Ex Australian Transport Network. All stored.|
|P||Diesel-electric||Broad||100||1985||5||Ex Freight Australia. All stored.|
|S||Diesel-electric||Broad, Standard||115||1957||3||Ex Freight Australia. All stored.|
|X||Diesel-electric||Broad, Standard||115||1966-1976||21||Ex Freight Australia. 4 stored.|
|XR||Diesel-electric||Broad, Standard||115||2002-2006||9||6 ex Freight Australia, 3 built in-house.|
|Y||Diesel-electric||Broad, Standard||65||1963-1968||11||Ex Freight Australia. 1 stored.|
|RT||Diesel mechanical||Broad, Standard||15||1957-1969||22||Ex Freight Australia. 4 stored.|
|93||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||2012-2013 2019-2020||28||These were replaced on 1 Dec 2019|
|AN||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1992-1993||10||Ex National Rail Corporation.|
|BL||Diesel-electric||Standard, Broad||115||1983-1984||10||Ex National Rail Corporation.|
|DL||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1988-1990||14||Ex National Rail Corporation. 3 stored.|
|NR||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1996-1999||119||Ex National Rail Corporation.|
|D16||Diesel-electric||Standard||35||1959-1964||5||Ex BlueScope. 3 stored.|
|V||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||2002||1||Ex Freight Australia.|
|Pacific National Queensland|
|PH37ACmai||Diesel-electric||Narrow||100||3 on order|
|45||Diesel-electric||Standard||115||1962||2||Ex Patrick Corporation. Both scrapped.|
|MKA||Diesel-electric||Narrow||80||1967-1972||3||Purchased from Malaysia. Used in Queensland 2004-2006. Transferred to Pacific National Tasmania. Sold to TasRail.|
- "FreightCorp for sale with National Rail" Railway Digest October 2000 page 17
- Freightcorp and National Rail Corporation sold to National Rail Consortium for one billion dollars ABC News 31 January 2002
- Acquirer: Pacific National Pty Ltd; Target: Australian Transport Network Ltd Archived 31 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Australian Competition & Consumer Competition 30 March 2004
- Re: Pacific National - Australian Transport Network Ltd Toll Group 26 February 2004
- Victorian Government grants consent to Pacific National acquisition of Freight Australia Archived 19 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine Toll Group 16 August 2004
- Sydney Morning Herald: 'ACCC won't oppose Freight Australia takeover' - 2 July 2004
- "Toll boss bows to ACCC pressure" Courier Mail 13 December 2005
- "Pacific National Queensland". www.pacificnational.com.au. Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- Jenny Woodward (11 March 2005). "Making Tracks". Stateline Queensland. www.abc.net.au. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- Pacific National sells Victorian rail network to Government Toll Group 1 November 2006
- Minister for Public Transport: "Rail Buy Back Deal Complete" 7 May 2007 Archived 7 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Game over: Toll takes Patrick Sydney Morning Herald 14 April 2006
- "Toll Holdings Restructure". Toll Holdings. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2007.
- Jennifer Perry (20 May 2009). "PN commences QLD coal haulage operations". Rail Express. www.railexpress.com.au. Archived from the original on 1 October 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
- "Pacific National sold to international pension funds". International Railway Journal. 15 March 2016.
- "Asciano completes Pacific National ownership deal". International Railway Journal. 23 August 2016.
- "UGL secures first Australian PowerHaul order". International Rail Journal. 4 July 2016.
- Avery, Rod (2006). Freight Across the Nation: The Australian Superfreighter Experience. Brisbane: Copyright Publishing Co. ISBN 1876344474.
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