To better explain - I'm trying to plan a layout simulating 'real' work - so going from somewhere (Lithgow) to somewhere (Bathurst) and clocking off or working back home.
thanks again, nick
As I mentioned & if using the Lthg - Bx as the example, it would depend on the overall time tabling of the trains & there would be different scenario's to work on & each would be dependant on the working shift of the crew, within the award pattern, & much if the train was a through train that did not shunt or was deemed a pick up.
What is needed to be considered with the working is if its round trip, it becomes a local shift & the crew were required to home & finished under 10hours at their starting point.
When return working took place, usually it would mean the train crew would have the engine either prepared for them & often on the train, (shed crew) they signed on/off (SOD) with 10 minutes allocated & a set walking time to the train, say 5 minutes if close to depot, time to change over with the shed crew, & for the guard to get their working sheet. You would allow say 30minutes from SOD to train depart, a similar time would be needed to be included in the return work when the train would arrive at Lithgow for the crew to be relieved, get sheet, walk to SOD thus total of 60minutes out of the working.
It was not unusual however for crews to SOD at Eskbank or the station for round trip working, as west trains usually started from that yard. It also meant they had to finish there as well, when this took place, they would SOD at the same time as the train was due to depart, & they would relieve the shed crew as it departed, they would give the train details & exchange the drivers sheet with the guard on the way through. The shed crew would walk back to Loco, 25 minutes for it. Time adjustment to shift is a fair bit when this happened.
At the turn round point, in this case BX depending on the shift time frame, the crew would be either relieved by a BX shed crew, & have a minimum of 25 minutes break at the station for a meal. This like on road crib allowance of 15 minutes had to be taken between the 3rd & 5th hour. If engine went to loco, then the break was in the depot meal room, they would then get another engine for the return to go out onto the train, perhaps another engine change, or if the engine was going through go up & relieve the incoming crew. you need to make LE running between station & loco or walking time IIRC was 8 minutes at BX.
When a through engine working was utilised, allowance for the crews to recondition the fire & take water a firemans responsibility, while the drivers oiled & checked the running gear, the incoming fireman did the fire & outgoing took water. Allow another 25 minutes between arrival & departure for this. Also the incoming crew to walk & SOD, for their next shift.
Then calculate running time of train to BX including any shunting along the way. All pick up services had times allocated at each location. Also all goods trains in both directions would take water & recondition fire at Tarana, 25 minutes.
Return working was often a nightmare for crew rosterings especially when a busy season, any delay in a shift would mean them working to "availability" they had to have a minimum of 11 hours off between shifts in their home depot, it also usually meant shed crews were needed in sometimes extra numbers for preparing & relieving crews on long hours &/or to get them off for the next shift.
Barracks working. In this case the crew would SOD, & would prepare their own engine as this was a short run, they were allowed 58 minutes (normally) to prepare their engine, run to the TT & to the departure road & take water. Whistle out (WO) & run to train, in the case of Lthg it would be the yard at Eskbank, in this case LE running to Eskbank would take 11 minutes onto train, then 20 minutes for brake examination prior to departure, allow 30 minutes for this yard working.
The same working would then take place as per the round trip until arrival at BX. If the engine was going through the same allowance at the station would take place, & the crew walk to loco SOD & go to barracks. However as most goods trains had engine changes the crew would take the engine to loco & SOD. Include app 25 minutes after arrival for running to loco & SOD.
In barracks, a minimum time off between shifts were 8 hours, thus the crew is available to work a train back to their home depot after only 8 hours. The return working could entail the crew preparing their own engine as it was going out, or if there was crew shortages at Lthg, the a BX crew could have the engine prepared for them, & even on the train, thus saving around 70minutes of working time for the barracks crew.
They would work the train to Lithgow new yard, & generally take the engine to loco, & SOD allow 40 minutes after arrival for that.
As the old yard, that is Eskbank was quite small, sometimes through trains would have an engine change at the coal stage, or most Cowra & some Mudgee line trains were scheduled to depart from Wallerawang, meaning a local train, often one going to Portland or Ben Bullen would take the loading there & leave for the Cowra/Mudgee departure.