Queensland Rail's regional freight network comprises the following systems:
- Mount Isa line (Stuart to Mount Isa & Flynn to Phosphate Hill)
- North Coast line (Nambour to Cairns)
- West Moreton System (Rosewood to Miles)
- Western System (Miles to Cunnamulla and Quilpie and branch lines)
- South Western System (Toowoomba to Wallangarra & Thallon and Wyreema to Millmerran)
- Central Western System (Emerald to Winton and branch lines)
- Tablelands System
- Maryborough Area System and other.
Freight to and from the North Coast line and western systems (West Moreton, Western and South Western System) travel across the South East Queensland network.
Products hauled on the Queensland Rail Regional Networks include:
- Intermodal / general freight, industrial products and rural commodities on the North Coast line
- Bulk minerals, acid, fertiliser and mining inputs on the Mount Isa Line and a section of the North Coast Line from Stuart to the Port of Townsville Branch
- Rural commodities on the Western System, South Western System and Central Western System
- Coal on the West Moreton System (with freight traffic from the Western System and South Western System also travelling across the West Moreton System).
The Regional Networks also carry long distance passenger services including:
- The Spirit of Queensland and the Tilt Train on the North Coast line
- The Spirit of the Outback to Longreach
- The Westlander to Charleville
- The Inlander to Mount Isa.
For information relating to the Brisbane Metropolitan system, please see Brisbane Metropolitan System Information Pack - Volume 3 - October 2016.
As a railway manager, Queensland Rail is responsible for managing access to its network.
Access is provided to a wide range of traffic types including trains for agricultural products, passengers, intermodal and general freight, bulk minerals and coal.
As one of Queensland's monopoly rail line owners, Queensland Rail has obligations under legislation including being required to provide open and transparent access to its rail network for operators and is regulated by the Queensland Competition Authority.