Does anyone know roughly how much it would cost to transport bulk quantities (say, 250,000 tonnes per year) of a solid commodity (eg coal) over a given distance (150km for example) by road or using an existing rail network? Including all the costs for loading, unloading etc.
There's no specific reason for asking but I've had cause to wonder from time to time in relation to various mines etc what the economics of bulk commodity transport by road or rail are.
The size of trucks used would need to be suitable for public roads, through towns, travelling through roundabouts and turning at traffic lights and so on so probably 25 - 50 tonnes (?) per load I would think? A road train wouldn't be a serious option in many cases even though it's presumably cheaper.
Also, what about shipping? Anyone know how much it would cost to, for example, take coal from a port in NSW / Qld and ship it to Victoria or Tasmania including the loading and unloading costs etc? Not a precise figure (I don't want to buy any coal...) but is it $1 per tonne or $100?