SCT Logistics

SCT Logistics
Industry Logistics
Founded 1974
Founder Peter Smith
Headquarters Altona
Parent Smith family

SCT Logistics (Specialised Container Transport) is an Australian interstate transport company operating rail and road haulage, with facilities in Brisbane, Sydney, Parkes, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.[1] The company was founded in 1974.[2]


Freight Australia G class locomotives hauling a Melbourne bound service near Geelong in September 2006
G class at Seymour in December 2007
SCT class locomotives at Hazelmere in December 2008

In the mid 1990s National Rail decided to discontinue the use of refrigerated vans, louvred vans, and boxcars on its trains. At the same time, Australia's rail network was being opened up to enable private operators the use of publicly owned railway track.

SCT had a customer base who wished to retain their use, so a number of surplus covered wagons were acquired, and hook and pull agreements were agreed with V/Line Freight (Melbourne to Adelaide) and Australian National (Adelaide to Perth) to haul the trains.[3] In July 1995 SCT began operating a weekly service from Melbourne to Perth.[4][5] The initial terminals for the service were at Dynon in Melbourne, Keswick in Adelaide and Kewdale in Perth. These were later replaced by purpose built facilities at Laverton North, Penfield and Forrestfield.[1]

In October 2000 Freight Australia was awarded a contract to haul the services from Melbourne through to Perth with G class locomotives and specially equipped fuel tankers to replenish on the move. Crew vans were also introduced, for the accommodation of train crew on the long journey across the Nullarbor Plain.[3][6] The company also owned and operated its own locomotives for shunting wagons in its terminals.[7] In November 2006 SCT commenced running trains from a new terminal in Parkes, New South Wales to Perth.[8]

In February 2007 SCT purchased nine G class locomotives and leased three NR class locomotives from Pacific National until SCT's own fleet of SCT locomotives were delivered.[9][10][11] This was to comply with an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission pledge given by Toll Holdings as part of it acquiring control of Pacific National.[12]

In February 2010 SCT Logistics commenced operating a Melbourne to Brisbane service.[13] In September 2010 Specialised Bulk Rail was formed as a subsidiary to haul iron ore from Cairn Hill Mine, Coober Pedy to Outer Harbor for IMX Resources.[14]


SCT Logistics operational locomotive fleet consists of:[7][15]

Previous Fleet


  1. 1 2 "Locations" SCT Logistics
  2. "Company overview" SCT Logistics
  3. 1 2 Peter Clark (June 2003). "The SCT Refrigeration Car Fleet". Australian Model Railway Magazine. 21 (3): 36–40.
  4. "Private train arrives early" Daily Commercial News 19 July 1995
  5. "Open access brings" Railway Gazette International 1 March 2003
  6. "Freight Australia Hooks up SCT" Railway Digest October 2000 Page 7
  7. 1 2 "SCT" Railway Digest December 2007 Page 21
  8. "Premier endorses Parkes as the hub of the nation" Champion-Post (Parkes) 23 October 2006
  9. "SCT Logistics gains part of Toll's rail divestments" Rail 16 February 2007
  10. SCT secure PN starter kit Rail Express issue 77 March 2007
  11. "SCT launches G class Kevin Sheedy Express" Railway Digest September 2007 Page 5
  12. "Toll-Pacific National Starters Kit" SCT Logistics 16 February 2007
  13. "SCT Logistics Commences North South Rail Trials" SCT Logistics 12 February 2010
  14. "SCT breaks into the bulk rail market" The SCT Express May 2011
  15. SCT Fleet
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