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Drought fails to stop record east-west rail haulage

<p>The east-west rail line notched up a record monthly tonnage in October, despite lower than expected grain volumes, according to Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) figures.</p> <p>Last month’s 3.3bn gross tonne kilometres (gtk) followed records set in August and September, 3.2bn gtk and 3.27bn gkt respectively. </p> <p>ARTC chief executive David Marchant said yesterday (Monday, November 20) that the figure was more impressive when it was considered that the drought had reduced the amount of grain and bulk goods normally hauled at this time of the year.</p> <p>&#8220Rail freight volumes between the eastern states and Perth are up 9% when compared with the same three month period in 2005,&#8221 Mr Marchant said.</p> <p>&#8220While October is usually the busiest month of the year for us as retailers build up their inventory prior to Christmas, record levels had already been reached in August and September 2006 with October now exceeding any month on record.&#8221</p> <br />