The contract covers the construction of 86km of rail formation works, a road over bridge, nine waterway bridges, more than 200 culverts and 35 rail crossings. Martinus was also awarded the $A 100m track works package in October 2019.

Much of the terrain traversed by the new line is in remote areas and Adani says it has completed its first rail camp for workers, with a second under construction and a third to start shortly. In total there will be accommodation for 1200 workers involved in constructing the mine and railway.

“Martinus will base their workforce out of Rockhampton and Townsville, delivering a big win to these local economies in particular," says Adani Mining CEO Mr Lucas Dow.

Martinus Rail recently purchased two refurbished, former Tranz Rail DC class locomotives and a number of intermodal flat wagons from New Zealand to use as work trains on the project. 

The Carmichael Mine is located in the North Galilee Basin more than 300km from the Queensland coast. The line will connect the mine with existing tracks owned by Aurizon.