The North Coast Line system is the principal freight and passenger line within the Queensland Rail network, running the length of Coastal Queensland between Brisbane in the south and Cairns in the north, a distance of 1680 km.
The system caters for all traffic tasks including containerised freight services, high speed tilt trains, commuter services, heavy haul single commodity trains of sugar, grain or minerals and cattle trains.
The North Coast Line system adjoins two other systems, the Blackwater system (between Rocklands and Gladstone) and the Brisbane Metropolitan system (between Roma Street and Nambour). The Maryborough system straddles the North Coast Line and picks all branch lines in that vicinity.
The North Coast Line system carries in excess of 11 million net tonnes of various products annually.