Clearing grain wagons from Ararat to Maryborough SG Branch

 
  MillzyNo6 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Horsham
Here are the latest 6 wagons in the yard taken off the branch

http://www.flickr.com/photos/60627979@N02/8126360651/

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  Calgully Deputy Commissioner

Location:
The line was only ever used for grain anyway, at lease I don't know of any other use for the line.
"aussiebbq"


The line was in fact used for general freight and carriage of passengers in the distant past.

See here http://www.victorianrailways.net/timetables/1928country/27_28.html

It doesn't change the argument about what safeworking is needed today of course.
  MillzyNo6 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Horsham
Yesterday there was a maintenance crew there working on the 100t wagons, they must be replacing the wheels as you can see some in the pic below and as I was heading back to Ballarat I overtook a PN maintenance truck loaded with wheel sets. Also there was 13 VHGF wagons on the middle track possibly waiting to be looked at.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/60627979@N02/8149258077/
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Now those are interesting hoppers - do we know if they're destined for NSW or Victorian grain working?
  ozfreight Chief Train Controller

Location: hawthorn 3122
Now those are interesting hoppers - do we know if they're destined for NSW or Victorian grain working?
"Raichase"


A spokes-women  for PN told  "The Weekly Times" this week that the wagons would be used ,on trial basis, in NSW and that some of the wagons are only about 12 year old.

Edward
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
>A spokes-women  for PN told  "The Weekly Times" this week that the wagons would be used ,on trial basis, in NSW and that some of the wagons are only about 12 year old.

Edward
"ozfreight"


The fist wagon at the Maryborough end
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Now those are interesting hoppers - do we know if they're destined for NSW or Victorian grain working?
"Raichase"

A spokes-women for PN told "The Weekly Times" this week that the wagons would be used ,on trial basis, in NSW and that some of the wagons are only about 12 year old.
"ozfreight"

The VHLY and VHNY wagons were VHGF / VHEF wagons rebuilt to 100 tonne capacity in the early 2000s:
http://www.pjv101.net/cd/pages/cvhlym.htm
http://www.pjv101.net/cd/pages/cvhnym.htm

The similar looking VHKY wagons were new builds:
http://www.pjv101.net/cd/pages/cvhkym.htm

Some wagon numbers from an earlier thread:
http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1680175.htm#1680175



  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Now those are interesting hoppers - do we know if they're destined for NSW or Victorian grain working?
"Raichase"


A spokes-women for PN told "The Weekly Times" this week that the wagons would be used ,on trial basis, in NSW and that some of the wagons are only about 12 year old.

Edward
"ozfreight"


Thanks for that info mate!
  K-Class Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Just for those who may be interested:

On Friday 12th October 2012, a Vehicle Transfer Train will operate between on the Ararat – Maryborough Corridor between Ararat and KP 264.000 for the relocation of stored freight vehicles.

I wonder how many could be left?
Cheers all.
"damooops"


As of 5pm this afternoon there was 23 x VHBF, 12 x VHLY, 7 x VHKY, 13 x VKNY

The next wagons to come off the line will be the 23 VHBY hoppers before they can get to the rest of the 100 tonners

Matt
  MillzyNo6 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Horsham
Just for those who may be interested:

On Friday 12th October 2012, a Vehicle Transfer Train will operate between on the Ararat – Maryborough Corridor between Ararat and KP 264.000 for the relocation of stored freight vehicles.

I wonder how many could be left?
Cheers all.
"damooops"


As of 5pm this afternoon there was 23 x VHBF, 12 x VHLY, 7 x VHKY, 13 x VKNY

The next wagons to come off the line will be the 23 VHBY hoppers before they can get to the rest of the 100 tonners

Matt
"K-Class"


While looking through my video of the wagons I took 2 years ago when they were all stored there, I noticed that the recently removed VHNY's were all stored behind the VHBF wagons on the Maryborough end with the VHGY wagons stored on the Ararat end. You can see here in this screen shot of the video I recored the VHBF wagons inbetween the VHNY's and VHGY's. The circle shows the once stored VHGY's that are now back in service that were located on the Ararat end of the line.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/60627979@N02/8163741450/

So when the 6 VHNY's that were removed approx 2 weeks ago, does that mean that they pulled all 23 VHBF wagons back into Ararat yard, detatch the 6 VHNY's and then push the 23 VHBF wagons back to where they were and hence blocking the remaining VHLY's VHKY's etc. Why go through all this effort to get the VHNY's when they could of just plucked 6 VHBF's?? And does this mean it will happen again when they want more VHLY's etc to re-enter service??
  Burkey Station Master

Sorry to revive the old thread, but could someone update us on how many (if any) wagons are still sitting unused on the line? Thanks.
  MillzyNo6 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Horsham
Still 55 wagons last time I drove past.

They seem to only service VHGF/Y etc in the Ararat yard now instead of re activating the stored wagons.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Pictures from Ararat Yard yesterday (6/10/2013):



Close to 10 or so wagons in 3 road.








Single wagon in 4 or 5 road:
  Junior Rodgie Dodgie

Location: Allansford
Wagons all ex Portland I beleive
  dmgrail Junior Train Controller

Location: Wangaratta Vic. 3677
Thanks to Brian for putting up the links to larger photos that he took at Ararat on 06-10-2013. It has been possible to identify four of the VHGF hoppers viz 394F, 426U, 483J & 596Y. None of those wagons were stored on the Ararat - Maryborough line. VHGF 394F was reported as being in storage at Portland on 31.10.2008. VHGF482J was observed on an Up Oaklands Grain train on 18.12.2011. According to an undated Pacific National wagon dump (believed to be from early 2011), all four wagons were reported as being at Dimboola and available for operation.

Daryl M Gregory
  Dd893 Train Controller

Location: Castlemaine
Drove past the stored grain wagons yesterday (Friday Jan 23) and counted 31 hoppers in the north group. There was only 1 in what was the south group and it was in the rail reserve laying on its belly.
3 low loaders were present, one loaded with bogies. So I gather the rest of that group have been taken away for scrapping.

In Ararat were 2 sidings with about 13 wagons in each of what were the old VR GJF/GJX type of hoppers, plus about 12 mineral sand hoppers.

I searched and this seemed the most appropriate thread to post in.

Cheers, Murray
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
So where they pulled out by rail, or by road?
  Dd893 Train Controller

Location: Castlemaine
Drove back home this arvo past the stored wagons. The wagon that was laying at an angle to the tracks on the ground is back on wheels on the track. It is parked by itself South of the other 31 wagons.
There were no cranes about when I went past Friday, so it might have gone back on the tracks on Saturday. No low loaders or cranes about today.

Cheers, Murray
  NSWGR8022 Chief Train Controller

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
A picture doing the rounds on the internet



After nearly nine years of storage in the siding at Antwerp (north of Dimboola on the Rainbow branch), the rake of twenty one VHBF grain hoppers are being removed. They were placed at this location late in June 2006 and have remained there ever since, only leaving the siding briefly on at least two occasions when they were hauled out onto the main line only to be immediately pushed back into the siding which was to prevent the bearings seizing up.

On the morning of Tues.24.2.2015 a large fork lift was being used to lift the hoppers off their bogies and place them on the ground and the bogies were also being taken off the rails.

http://www.railfanguide.wancon.com.au/
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
This line must qualify as one of the least used lines in history (and therefore the greatest, most wasteful white elephant). Rebuilt to NSW gauge at great expense and then barely used. How many wheaties actually ran from Dunolly to Portland after regauging?

Okay, the Rosstown Railway was the least used railway in the state, but this line must be in competition with the Dunkeld - Penshurst line for the number two position, it makes the disastrous Lancefield - Kilmore line look like a wise investment in comparison.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
A picture doing the rounds on the internet



After nearly nine years of storage in the siding at Antwerp (north of Dimboola on the Rainbow branch), the rake of twenty one VHBF grain hoppers are being removed. They were placed at this location late in June 2006 and have remained there ever since, only leaving the siding briefly on at least two occasions when they were hauled out onto the main line only to be immediately pushed back into the siding which was to prevent the bearings seizing up.

On the morning of Tues.24.2.2015 a large fork lift was being used to lift the hoppers off their bogies and place them on the ground and the bogies were also being taken off the rails.

http://www.railfanguide.wancon.com.au/
NSWGR8022
That is a different line - the Rainbow line. Separate to the matters discussed in this thread.

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