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Bowen Rail Company delivers new opportunities for local workers

17th August 2020

A new rail business headquartered in Bowen is set to deliver jobs and opportunities for Queenslanders.

Bowen Rail Company’s initial focus will be to provide haulage services to the existing Abbot Point export terminal using the industry’s most technologically advanced rail fleet.

Bowen Rail Company Head of Project Delivery David Wassell said the company had purchased its own state of the art locomotives and rollingstock. The first four locomotives are due to arrive in 2021.

“We are an innovative new business and we plan to use leading technology to efficiently transport resources from Queensland mines for export,” Mr Wassell said.

“By basing our business in Bowen we will be part of the local community and will be close to the heart of the Queensland resources industry. We’ll be playing a key role in servicing international demand for Australian resources and supporting the economy at a time it is needed most.”

Bowen Rail Company has appointed a senior leadership team of experienced rail and resource industry professionals and has commenced recruitment for approximately 50 employees.

“We want to provide opportunities and pathways for Queenslanders and will be recruiting people of diverse backgrounds, age, experience and gender,” Mr Wassell said.

“The benefit of our fleet is that it can be operated by anyone once they have had the right training, regardless of their physical size, age or experience, which means we can open up operator-type roles to a much broader workforce and to people who haven’t necessarily worked in the rail sector.

“Our goal is to ensure approximately half of our workforce is comprised of new-to-rail industry employees.”

Recruitment for positions will occur progressively over the next six to nine months. To keep up to date with Bowen Rail Company news, including job opportunities please visit


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