Geelong Grain Loop to receive $5.6mil upgrade

 
  SamTheMan79 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Geelong
I can't find anything online (mind you I have only searched the Geelong Addy website.....) but I read with interest in the Geelong Advertiser this morning that the Geelong Grain Loop will receive a $5.6mil upgrade. I believe it will be rail and sleeper upgrade which will allow heavier trains into the loop which will result in an additional 30% more grain being able to be bought in by train annually.

Works are to commence on Monday and take approximately 2 weeks and will be undertaken by the ARTC.

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  SamTheMan79 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Geelong

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/5472-coalition-funds-upgrade-of-geelong-grain-loop.html

Coalition funds upgrade of Geelong Grain Loop

Friday, 23 November 2012


From the Minister for Ports, From the Minister for Regional Cities

The Geelong Grain Rail Loop is set to be upgraded enabling up to 30 per cent more grain per train ahead of harvest with Minister for Ports and Regional Cities Denis Napthine announcing the $5.6 million project at the Port of Geelong today.

Dr Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government, GrainCorp and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) would jointly fund the project to provide important productivity and efficiency improvements for exporting grain.

“The Port of Geelong has posted two consecutive years of record trade and current projections show a strong resurgence for the grain trade,” Dr Napthine said.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is pleased to provide $3.78 million towards this project to ensure that our regional producers have access to an efficient port and freight system to grow their markets and export their products.

“This upgrade will increase axle load at the Port of Geelong Grain Loop from 19 to 23 tonnes, enabling more grain to be delivered to the port by rail and reducing the number of trucks on the road.

Dr Napthine said the announcement coincided with the release of the Victorian Government Response to Grain Logistics Taskforce Report which addresses grain supply chain recommendations raised by the Grain Logistics Taskforce.

“The Coalition Government listened to concerns from the grain and freight industry and this upgrade is a great example of government and industry working together to deliver on the Taskforce’s recommendations,” Dr Napthine said.

“Since being established in 2011, the Taskforce has proven to be an extremely successful initiative and a great mechanism for industry and government to work towards common objectives,” Dr Napthine said.

“The Coalition Government will continue to work with the Grain Logistics Taskforce to deliver cost effective solutions for improving our grain transport networks.”

The Victorian Government Response to Grain Logistics Taskforce Report is available for download at http://www.transport.vic.gov.au


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  Burkey Station Master


GrainCorp Limited

ACN 057 186 035

Level 26, 175 Liverpool St., Sydney NSW 2000

PO Box A268 Sydney South NSW 1235

T: 02 9325 9100 F: 02 9325 9180

 

http://www.graincorp.com.au

News Release

23 November 2012

Rail productivity boost for Geelong export grain terminal

GrainCorp has joined with the Victorian Government and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to

announce an injection of $5.6 million to upgrade rail infrastructure at GrainCorp’s Geelong grain terminal.

GrainCorp is contributing approximately $1.35 million up front to the project, with the balance to be funded

by government, and the ARTC. Other exporters will provide a user contribution over the next four years.

“We estimate that this project will allow up to 500 additional train movements to the port each year,”

GrainCorp General Manager, Storage & Logistics Nigel Hart said today. “This would remove the need for

approximately 20,000 truck movements around Geelong and further afield.”

Mr Hart said the project, which involves a track upgrade and removal of signalling bottlenecks, was part of

GrainCorp’s “gamechangers” program to deliver substantial improvements to rail efficiency at the port.

Benefits of the upgrade include:

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Higher weight limits allowing significantly more grain to be carried per train;

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Up to a 50% increase in the proportion of grain arriving at the port on rail;

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A substantial reduction in “tipping time”, freeing up additional capacity and increasing throughput;

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Automation of signalling to allow 24 hour rail operation at Geelong and improved ability to reduce

grain train turnaround times by 12 hours.

“This investment benefits Victorian grain growers by removing bottlenecks and giving their grain more

efficient access to international customers. It also benefits the other exporters who use the port, as it

allows capacity to be accessed more efficiently.”

Mr Hart acknowledged the Victorian government’s commitment to working with business and the grain

industry to encourage more grain onto rail – as demonstrated by its positive response to the Grain Industry

Logistics Taskforce and its support for other key rail projects around the state.

“The Victorian government has been very proactive and open to exploring ways to make Victorian grain as

competitive as possible,” Mr Hart said. “We look forward to working with them to deliver other

recommendations of the Taskforce.”

GrainCorp increased the productivity of its rail by 40% in the past 4 years. This project is an important step

in the company’s target of driving a further 40% increase to productivity.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Angus Trigg

Director, Government & Media Relations

+61 2 9325 9132

+61 413 946 708

atrigg@graincorp.com.au

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infrastructure in Australia and overseas. By connecting local and global consumers to grain growers,

GrainCorp plays an important role in the grain supply chain for the supply of wheat and flour, barley and

malt and canola and edible oils. The company:

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Handles ~75% of eastern Australia’s annual grain production through direct receivals at either our

country sites or port terminals;

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Handles ~90% of eastern Australia’s bulk grain exports;

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and has a growing international grain marketing platform with a presence in the UK, Europe,

Canada and Asia;

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Produces ~35% of Australia’s malt and is the world’s 4th largest commercial maltster with

international operations in Canada, the USA, the UK and Germany;

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Produces ~40% of Australia’s crude canola oil and refined edible oils, and is a leading edible oil

refiner in New Zealand;

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Imports and exports ~40% of Australasia’s edible oil through 12 bulk liquid terminals;

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Produces ~35% of Australia’s flour (through 60% interest in Allied Mills).

  SN7 Chief Commissioner

Gee Wiz, I have now deciphered what the Dr in Dr. Dennis Napthine stands for - Spin  Doctor.

Well well, well, grain exports are up, how stupid are people, there was a record drought!!!
  x42 Junior Train Controller

Location: NSW
Rubbish this year was an average harvest.
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Rubbish this year was an average harvest.
"x42"

And...? It's still up from four years ago which is the point being made.

It's good to see some money spent where it's needed for a change.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Rubbish this year was an average harvest.
"x42"

And...? It's still up from four years ago which is the point being made.

It's good to see some money spent where it's needed for a change.
"Barrington Womble"


and as best as anyone can tell the trains havent stopped in about 4 years as well, which likaly means grain still out in the country from previous seasons.

There has been a large pile of ballast and concrete sleapers accumulating at Nth Geelong over the last little while. I thought PN where going to do some yard upgrades, however it could be related to this announcement.

Seems to be an occupation today and workers doing stuff in the vicinity of C box, with loaders on the mainline and what looked like track welding happening on the branch.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Noted sleeper replacement on the DG between Thompsons Rd and C box. Concrete going in.
  stillthere Station Master

Location: melbourne
All of this work was performed by V/line work crews,concrete duel gauge sleepers where used from Thomsons rd through to and around the grain loop. 
  Burkey Station Master

Any updates/pictures of this project?
Is the signalling finished and the loop fully operational again?
  stillthere Station Master

Location: melbourne
Any updates/pictures of this project?
Is the signalling finished and the loop fully operational again?
"Burkey"


The Grain loop was finished  sunday 09/12 1830 and received its first train into the loop about 1 hour after the track was handed back,there wasnt any signalling works done other than removing and reinstalling track leads.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
anyone got any theories as to how they might signal the loop to allow multiple trains into it at once, other than a heap of very short sections (say 100m apart), or will it be gazzetted as a siding and operate under those rules?

as has been said; no signaling seems to have been done yet. all that has happened is new sleepers and ballast. may have been some new rail in some sections, but i'd be surprised.
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
anyone got any theories as to how they might signal the loop to allow multiple trains into it at once, other than a heap of very short sections (say 100m apart), or will it be gazzetted as a siding and operate under those rules?

as has been said; no signaling seems to have been done yet. all that has happened is new sleepers and ballast. may have been some new rail in some sections, but i'd be surprised.
"Galron"


I fail to see why you need to have more than one train in the Grain Loop complex at any one time? You're not going to dump the grain any faster. It's operated on Train Staff & Ticket with no ticket.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
anyone got any theories as to how they might signal the loop to allow multiple trains into it at once, other than a heap of very short sections (say 100m apart), or will it be gazzetted as a siding and operate under those rules?

as has been said; no signaling seems to have been done yet. all that has happened is new sleepers and ballast. may have been some new rail in some sections, but i'd be surprised.
"Galron"


I fail to see why you need to have more than one train in the Grain Loop complex at any one time? You're not going to dump the grain any faster. It's operated on Train Staff & Ticket with no ticket.
"LowndesJ515"


wasent the re-signaling to allow for 24 hr operation that was announced as part of the package supposed to also allow for multiple trains to be in the loop at once? I hear what your saying to Lowndes. The currently entry to the loop probably isent big enough for more than one train anyways. you would likaly need to reverse the direction of the loop to get more than 1 train into it at a time.

allowing for more than 1 train and acctualy having more than 1 train in the loop at a time are of corse seperate matters. 24hr operation may remove the queuing that has occured in the past. seen 4 trains waiting to go into the loop, with one in the loop one day in the last 6 months.
  jakar Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
wasn't the re-signaling to allow for 24 hr operation
"Galron"


What is actually restricting 24hr operation now?

jakar
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
wasn't the re-signaling to allow for 24 hr operation
"Galron"


What is actually restricting 24hr operation now?

jakar
"jakar"


the 0700hrs to 2130hrs weekdays; daylight hours weekends, (or whatever it is) operation of Nth Geelong C box

many trains seem to come in between midnight and dawn
  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
wasn't the re-signaling to allow for 24 hr operation
"Galron"


What is actually restricting 24hr operation now?

jakar
"jakar"


the 0700hrs to 2130hrs weekdays; daylight hours weekends, (or whatever it is) operation of Nth Geelong C box

many trains seem to come in between midnight and dawn
"Galron"
Wouldn't it have just been cheaper to, I dunno, employ another signalman?
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
wasn't the re-signaling to allow for 24 hr operation
"Galron"


What is actually restricting 24hr operation now?

jakar
"jakar"


the 0700hrs to 2130hrs weekdays; daylight hours weekends, (or whatever it is) operation of Nth Geelong C box

many trains seem to come in between midnight and dawn
"Galron"
Wouldn't it have just been cheaper to, I dunno, employ another signalman?
"Sir Thomas Bent"


we are talking the railways here. who knows how the signaling will manifest it's self. could be as simple as switching C-box out to Centrol or somthing, rather than a total abolition of C box.
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
wasn't the re-signaling to allow for 24 hr operation
"Galron"


What is actually restricting 24hr operation now?

jakar
"jakar"


the 0700hrs to 2130hrs weekdays; daylight hours weekends, (or whatever it is) operation of Nth Geelong C box

many trains seem to come in between midnight and dawn
"Galron"
Wouldn't it have just been cheaper to, I dunno, employ another signalman?
"Sir Thomas Bent"


Exaclty what I was going to say, open up North C 24hrs a day and you have 24 hrs operations of the Grain Loop. It's not that difficult
  Onelongwhistle Junior Train Controller

wasn't the re-signaling to allow for 24 hr operation
"Galron"


What is actually restricting 24hr operation now?

jakar
"jakar"


the 0700hrs to 2130hrs weekdays; daylight hours weekends, (or whatever it is) operation of Nth Geelong C box

many trains seem to come in between midnight and dawn
"Galron"
Wouldn't it have just been cheaper to, I dunno, employ another signalman?
"Sir Thomas Bent"


Exaclty what I was going to say, open up North C 24hrs a day and you have 24 hrs operations of the Grain Loop. It's not that difficult
"LowndesJ515"


I think you will find with the upgrade the whole line is now track circuited. So puting in an arrival and departure stick won't be hard and hence 24hr operations.
The next problem is the unloaders.
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
wasn't the re-signaling to allow for 24 hr operation
"Galron"


What is actually restricting 24hr operation now?

jakar
"jakar"


the 0700hrs to 2130hrs weekdays; daylight hours weekends, (or whatever it is) operation of Nth Geelong C box

many trains seem to come in between midnight and dawn
"Galron"
Wouldn't it have just been cheaper to, I dunno, employ another signalman?
"Sir Thomas Bent"


Exaclty what I was going to say, open up North C 24hrs a day and you have 24 hrs operations of the Grain Loop. It's not that difficult
"LowndesJ515"


I think you will find with the upgrade the whole line is now track circuited. So puting in an arrival and departure stick won't be hard and hence 24hr operations.
The next problem is the unloaders.
"Onelongwhistle"


There is already an arrival and departure stick in there along with a repeater about 100m before the departure stick. It's still Train Staff worked, but obviously moving towards another safeworking system. What would you think the problem is with the unloaders? Staff or the actual equipment?
  damooops Junior Train Controller

Location: The Revenue Raising State
wasn't the re-signaling to allow for 24 hr operation
"Galron"


What is actually restricting 24hr operation now?

jakar
"jakar"


the 0700hrs to 2130hrs weekdays; daylight hours weekends, (or whatever it is) operation of Nth Geelong C box

many trains seem to come in between midnight and dawn
"Galron"
Wouldn't it have just been cheaper to, I dunno, employ another signalman?
"Sir Thomas Bent"


Exaclty what I was going to say, open up North C 24hrs a day and you have 24 hrs operations of the Grain Loop. It's not that difficult
"LowndesJ515"


I think you will find with the upgrade the whole line is now track circuited. So puting in an arrival and departure stick won't be hard and hence 24hr operations.
The next problem is the unloaders.
"Onelongwhistle"


There is already an arrival and departure stick in there along with a repeater about 100m before the departure stick. It's still Train Staff worked, but obviously moving towards another safeworking system. What would you think the problem is with the unloaders? Staff or the actual equipment?
"LowndesJ515"


Yes I think you would find you would have to convince GRAINCORP to operate 24 hours, then there would have to be an increase in the storage capability at the facility as unloading onto ships is dictated by when the ships are present and what commodity they are there for (i.e: Canola/ Hops or Wheat etc.)

All the best for the New Year everyone!

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