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TasRail talks with mine hopefuls over more West Coast freight | The Advocate



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TasRail has had talks with potential West Coast miners about loading product at Melba Flats to be freighted to Burnie. The state-owned rail company said that would require the currently non-operational section of the Melba Line south of Rosebery to be upgraded and returned to operational status. That section of the overall line between Melba Flats and the Burnie export port became non-operational after the Mount Lyell copper mine at Queenstown went onto care and maintenance in 2014. Mine owner Vedanta is working towards a sale of the mine, which would potentially lead to a resumption of mining under new ownership. TasRail recently advertised for tenders from potential…

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