Concerned Collinsville locals say rail realignment is needed to lessen the impact of millions more tonnes of coal being hauled through their town if the Galilee Basin is opened to mining.
There are calls for planners to consider the effects on the town's 1,200 residents, with worries the freight might lead to frustrating and dangerous road delays.
Already dozens of coal trains pass through the town, 180 kilometres south of Townsville, each day to the Abbot Point Coal Terminal, impacting road traffic at level crossings.
Landowner Garry Reed has spent years fighting a planned diversion of Coral Creek near his farm, for an expansion of QCoal's Sonoma Mine.
Mr Reed said there could be a major impact on the town from the Carmichael mine, with plans to produce 10 million tonnes of coal annually.
"Certainly I know that people in town close to the railway line have got an issue and people have been trying to lobby to get a diversion put around the town," Mr Reed said.