Bowmans Rail

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Bowmans Rail
IndustryRail freight
Key people
Scott McKay (CEO)
ParentAGT Foods Australia
Balco Australia
Toll Holdings (33%)

Bowmans Rail is an Australian railway operator hauling freight in South Australia.

Established in 2003 as Bowmans Intermodal by hay processor and exporter Balco Australia and logistics operator Patrick Corporation at Bowmans, South Australia, in 2012 Toll Holdings and Alliance Grain Traders-owned AGT Foods Australia bought into the joint venture.[1] The company adopted its current name in 2016, when it transported over 36,000 containers annually.[2][3][4]

The company operates freight services from Bowmans and Port Pirie to Port Adelaide; conveying lead, hay, grain, pulses, seed, wine and pork bellies, as well as the importation of fish bait.[1] Since 2016 the company has transported mineral sands for Cristal Mining between Broken Hill and Port Adelaide, and in 2017 intended to commence an Adelaide to Leigh Creek intermodal service for the mining and petroleum industries.[5]

Bowmans Rail opened a new intermodal terminal near Port Augusta in March 2018. The site was adjacent to the Bungala Solar Power Project which was under construction, and would receive solar panels and other construction material by rail to reduce the number of trucks accessing the site via unsealed roads. The new terminal is on the former Leigh Creek railway line and is expected to handle 2000 containers per year.[6]

Rolling stock for Bowmans Rail services has been leased from Southern Shorthaul Railroad, Patrick Portlink, Pacific National and CFCL Australia.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b Toll and AMG take shares in Bowmans Intermodal Fully Loaded 9 December 2012
  2. ^ SA logistics company expands operations Logistics Magazine 25 August 2016
  3. ^ Valerina Changarathil (5 September 2016). "Bowmans riding railroad to interstate success". Adelaide Advertiser. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Bowmans Intermodal expands and changes name" Track & Signal October 2016 page 52
  5. ^ Mark Carter (31 January 2017). "Let's hear it for the little guys". Rail Express. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  6. ^ Green, Amy (15 March 2018). "Port Augusta Intermodal open for business". The Transcontinental. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Interstate rail visitors". Johnny's Pages - Old SAR Shunter. 21 December 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Just today's trains - 5". Johnny's Pages - Old SAR Shunter. 25 July 2010. Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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