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Sugar Facts – Cane Railways & Sugar Transport

The investment by the sugar industry in cane railway networks is significant. No other agricultural industry makes a similar contribution (between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in replacement value) to reduce road traffic during the cane harvest through use of private transport infrastructure, such as cane railways.

ASMC cane rail sugar transport

Cane Rail Facts

  • Total track length – 4,000km
  • Number of locomotives: 250 (all diesel hydraulic)
  • Number of bins: 52,000 (four wheel and bogie)
  • Bin capacity: 4 tonnes to 14 tonnes
  • Locomotive power: Up to 520 kilowatts
  • Longest run: 119 km, typical run: 13 kms up to 35 kms.
  • Loco top speed: 40 km/h
  • Train haul capacity: up to 2000 tonnes
  • Train length: up to 1 kilometre.


Public and employee safety is a priority every crushing season for sugar milling companies.  Public awareness campaigns help to minimise any safety risks.

MSF Sugar – have you seen a cane train?

Cane train on route to a sugar mill in Queensland
Sugar cane railway