Boosting The Rail Freight Network In Western Victoria

Minister for Ports and Freight today visited the Rainbow area – to take a look at the Rainbow-Dimboola freight line – which will play a crucial role in moving this year’s Wimmera grain harvest to ports for export.

The 66-kilometre standard-gauge route services major grain receival terminals at Jeparit and Rainbow – and can carry up to 150,000 tonnes of grain each year.

More than $15 million has been invested on the Dimboola-Rainbow line as part of, including the installation of more than 38,000 standard gauge low profile concrete sleepers, track works and level crossing upgrades.

The Victorian Budget 2022/23 will deliver a further $181 million for critical maintenance works on the regional rail freight network to improve its competitiveness and support the growing freight task that is vital to regional economies and our supply chains.

In addition, a further $3.5 million has been allocated to extend the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme (MSIS). The MSIS supports more than 170 freight industry jobs at intermodal terminals in regional Victoria and removes the equivalent of 28,000 truck trips from the state’s roads every year.