Rail and Rolling Stock

As the largest port on the east coast of Australia and the world's leading coal export port, rail is key to our core business. 

We offer:

  • The eastern seaboard's only berth-side rail line connected to the national rail network; 

  • A proven track record in importing of all kinds of rail assets and rolling stock, from major campaigns to one-off shipments; 

  • Excellent berth and channel availability; and 

  • A seamless supply chain solution for your rail assets. 

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Geographically, the Port of Newcastle provides a rail gateway to all mainland destinations across Australia – including Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland.


The Port of Newcastle is located two hours drive from Sydney, right on the doorstep of one of Australia’s largest infrastructure booms.


The Port is well positioned to support the delivery of light rail, passenger car replacements and other large scale infrastructure projects planned across the state over the next decade.




The Port of Newcastle has tremendous potential and capacity to grow.

It has:

  • 20 operational berths (11 dedicated to non coal) operating 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.; 

  • 15.2 metre draft in the main channel; 

  • 12.8 metre draft in The Basin area. 

  • A world-class channel currently handling 4,500 movements per annum and modelled at over 10,000 movements per annum - more than double the current trade.  


Port of Newcastle has handled thousands of passenger rail cars, locomotives, track machines and wagons, including coal, grain, intermodal, and aggregate at its West Basin berths. In the next 18 months, hundreds of passenger rail cars will be imported via the Port of Newcastle for rail expansion projects planned for Sydney and Newcastle.


The Port of Newcastle has considerable capacity and experience in handling Roll on / Roll off (Ro-Ro) vessels and associated trade. Ro-Ro vessels operators have been a regular callers to the port over a 20-year period delivering project and heavy cargoes, mining machinery, construction equipment and rail rolling stock to the Port's common user West Basin berths.




We cater to the unique shipping needs of all kinds of cargo, offering superior operational infrastructure and multiple service providers.


Port of Newcastle's advantages include:


  • Two rail sidings connected to the national ARTC network. Move your rail assets from Newcastle to Sydney or beyond to all mainline destinations across Australia. 

  • Direct connections to major road networks, extending to Sydney, and throughout NSW. 

  • Direct ship crane lift from the West Basin 3 and 4 berths to two rail sidings. The Port's Mayfield 4 Berth can also facilitate rail and rolling stock where a trucking solution is required. 

  • Common user access and rail safety interface agreements are in place with local and national rail and rolling stock commissioning providers. The rail sidings are ONRSR compliant registered private sidings. 


Large parcels of portside land is available at competitive prices, for pre and post vessel consolidation and storage. Port-side staging allows cargo movement at optimal times and varying frequencies. The two West Basin sidings have 27T axle load capacities. This can be uplifted for locomotives as required.




Port of Newcastle caters to the unique shipping needs of rail and rolling stock, working closely with freight forwarders, stevedores, transport and heavy haulage companies to customise a solution to deliver efficiencies for the cargo owner.




To find out more please contact:

Trade & Business Development