Whyalla & GWN news

 
  mrjones Station Master


For all those interested GWN001 will be out and about for the first time this coming Tues test running on the Iron Knob line, then on Wed will be heading to Iron Duke.

The second GWN was due to arrive on the 26th but turned up late yesterday.

I'll see if I can get some photos of 001 in action

The first train to tip on the inner harbour NG went through on Monday, all seemed to go smoothly.

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  Peter Station Staff




I'll see if I can get some photos of 001 in action
"mrjones"


Yes, please!
I had read that mining around Iron Knob is to resume so it is even better if they will use the railway.?  Any idea when the last ore trains operated on the line?

  emd4301 Locomotive Fireman




The first train to tip on the inner harbour NG went through on Monday, all seemed to go smoothly.

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Buggar, I was there last weekend and a batch of AHPY's were parked on the new loop line.

Only got to see the GWN sitting in the depot. Unfortunately could not get a pic a a AHOY two pack set was parked next to it.

Pics from last weekend can be seen on my flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/emd4301

  jt393 Assistant Commissioner

Location: los jinetes enmascarados' clubhouse
Yes, please!
Peter
Make that two, we all looking forward to seeing these GWN's in service, in person, via photos or videos

I'm interested in seeing what will happen for the rest of the fleet in the Whyalla Division, once all 5 of the GWN's have entered service.
  mrjones Station Master

The test run has been postponed to Thursday, I'm not sure if I'll be able to get out there to take pics now, fingers crossed.

Most of 830/900's are heading off, 907 will go back to Rail Shunter. I have heard one of the 900's will go to SG as the back up Hot Metal Shunter instead of CK1 which doesn't seem very popular with the drivers.

A,B,C & the new rake will all be hauled by GWN/1300 combos, the Blast Furnace lump will have GWN/CK and Depot/Bin Shunter is to be 1907/CK. No doubt this will change as the old locos break down.
  jt393 Assistant Commissioner

Location: los jinetes enmascarados' clubhouse

Most of 830/900's are heading off, 907 will go back to Rail Shunter. I have heard one of the 900's will go to SG as the back up Hot Metal Shunter instead of CK1 which doesn't seem very popular with the drivers.
mrjones

From what you said, mrjones, 847 and three 900's are heading off to Port Lincoln, while two will stay back and be SG & NG shunters respectively.

So the Whyalla Division fleet will be like this once all of the GWN's have arrived and the few Alcos are gone.

5 x GWN's

4 x 1300's

4 x CK's

2 X 900's

and 1907.
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
GWN003 was on a low loader at Yunta this afternoon, en route to Whyalla. Earlier in the day GWN002 was seen in the loco/commissioning area at Whyalla. Apparently the final commissioning of these locos is being carried out by EDI at Whyalla because the final test area at Maryborough was damaged in the floods earlier in the year.

Slightly OT, but the westbound steelie with NR109 (Ghan livery) and VL355 crossed the eastbound ore train with a clean and shiny NR22 at Mannahill this afternoon.

Cheers,
Peter
  mrjones Station Master

These couple of photos were taken last week GWN001 has since been for a run around the Inner Harbour loop and ran its 2nd train to Iron Duke today.

[img]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8521/8636253919_7943a6d006_c.jpg[/img]


[img]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8391/8636253427_6070aa1782_c.jpg[/img]

My camera is playing silly buggers so these were the only 2 shots I got.

GWN003 was on track in the EDI yard by 1430 this afternoon
  jt393 Assistant Commissioner

Location: los jinetes enmascarados' clubhouse
GWN004 & GWN005 will set foot in Whyalla soon.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
GWN004 & GWN005 will set foot in Whyalla soon.
jt393
Where else would they go?
  NG Sulzers Deputy Commissioner

Location: Quorn
Beat me to it Bing.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Beat me to it Bing.
NG Sulzers
Pichi Richi?
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
For those keeping track of builders' numbers etc, the plate on GWN003 (seen at Yunta last week) shows:

- Date of manufacture Jan 2013
- Serial No. 12-2592
- Model No. GT42CU-AC

They are basically an off-the-shelf Aurizon 4100, with some GWA-specified add-ons. As with the 4100s they are right hand drive (like the 1300s), and dual control. Interestingly, they are equipped with ECP braking even though none of the Whyalla hoppers have it (presumably cheaper than having modifications done).

Cheers,
Peter
  NR 35 Station Master

Location: south australia
hello

I would like to share my video with you so if you like to watch I video of the new GWNs near Whyalla then watch this link


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=z4UAkxiGCjk
I also have a video of the old locomotive on the line near Whyalla


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0_p0dNYib4&feature=player_detailpage

Hope you in joy  

Matthew
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
Those ore wagons in the video, when I was over there 3 years ago they were parked up on the Iron Knob line I think? I noticed they have rubber blocks in place of springs in the bogie side frames. How does this affect their capacity? They look like they would be hard on the track.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Years ago a number of cars at each end of the consist closest to the loco had a continuous white line painted along the side.

The line indicated they had both automatic and direct air brakes. The direct air was actuated from the loco to assist train braking particularly during the unloading when auto brakes would "fade" on the long down grade greep. There were duplicate train hoses as far as I remember.

Are the cars still fitted for this or do they rely on loco brakes alone for this duty.

Regards
Ian
  mrjones Station Master

902 headed off today no doubt bound for Pt Lincoln, what's the future for the 830's once the 3 or 4 900's arrive? Will we see a 900 on the stony?
  nscaler69 Deputy Commissioner

Location: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
Does anyone know what the running times are at the moment for the narrow gauge ore trains.

Thanks in advance
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Does anyone know what the running times are at the moment for the narrow gauge ore trains.

Thanks in advance
nscaler69

When I was there in 2010 it seemed to be as required 24/7. Just head out to Whyalla early in the morning and spend the day there. You'll see a number of trains, but be prepared for a few hours of nothing and then everything happens at once.
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
902 headed off today no doubt bound for Pt Lincoln, what's the future for the 830's once the 3 or 4 900's arrive? Will we see a 900 on the stony?
mrjones

902 turned up in Port Lincoln around midday today (photo in Port Lincoln Notes thread). 904 will also be coming, but that's all for here apparently. 873 will be mothballed but the other 830s here will soldier on for the foreseeable future.

Cheers,
Peter
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
are the new locomotives able to be operated by remote control? what is the length and tonnage of these ore trains?
  SAR520SMBH Junior Train Controller

There is quite a good article in the May/June 2013 issue of Motive Power magazine about the Whyalla iron ore tramway, history, current happenings, locomotive fleet etc.
There is also a small write up on the GWN class locomotives.
Also has a fantastic article on the 830 class too. Heaps of pictures, history, information about the broad, standard and narrow gauge fleet and a current status table for the 830 class.
  mrjones Station Master

As of this afternoon 901, 847 and 904 were lined up on the EDI parking line no doubt waiting for the low loader to collect them, I'll see if I can get a photo tomorrow.

The GWN's are not fitted for remote operation but will be coupled up to the older locos which have remotes, the length of the rakes are at present between 48
and 52 trucks @20 Ton UL. and 95 T loaded.

There are currently 7 or 8 trains a day running leaving at all hours there is no timetable but generally a train is on the tip pocket every 2 1/2 hours. The best places to catch more than one are either at the 21 km junction or at Iron Baron as this is where they cross.

Speaking to one of the drivers when they were testing he reported that climbing from Sinclairs Gap to Iron Queen with the old girls on a loaded train usually dropped the speed to below 20kmh but the GWN''s were pulling 55 and doing it easy.
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
As of this afternoon 901, 847 and 904 were lined up on the EDI parking line no doubt waiting for the low loader to collect them, I'll see if I can get a photo tomorrow.

The GWN's are not fitted for remote operation but will be coupled up to the older locos which have remotes, the length of the rakes are at present between 48
and 52 trucks @20 Ton UL. and 95 T loaded.

There are currently 7 or 8 trains a day running leaving at all hours there is no timetable but generally a train is on the tip pocket every 2 1/2 hours. The best places to catch more than one are either at the 21 km junction or at Iron Baron as this is where they cross.

Speaking to one of the drivers when they were testing he reported that climbing from Sinclairs Gap to Iron Queen with the old girls on a loaded train usually dropped the speed to below 20kmh but the GWN''s were pulling 55 and doing it easy.
mrjones

Lol isnt there something like a 40 year age gap between the locos? I know 1907 was built in the 70's. I was hoping for a story like that. All this horsepower they wouldnt know what to do with it haha.
  mrjones Station Master

1301 (DE01) was built in 1956 or 7 so she is nearly a pensioner.

All that horsepower simply means more trucks on a rake the push is on for 60 AHOF's, but the back shunt on the tip pocket will need to be extended also the loop at Iron Duke and the 3km first.

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