707 Operations Seymour trip - 19 October to the Tastes of the Goulburn Festival

 
  narf120 Locomotive Driver

For those that haven't booked yet or are interested. Don't forget this Saturday 19 Oct, 707 Operations are running a day trip to Seymour for the Tastes of the Goulburn Festival with R707 leading. More information at http://www.707operations.com.au

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  Carnot Minister for Railways

Good to see some high-speed running scheduled for Craigieburn-Seymour (i.e. 1 hour interval).
  SN7 Chief Commissioner

The opportunity also exists for passengers off the 707 Ops Train to travel on the  12 noon SRHC shuttle service from Seymour to Nagambie being run in conjunction with the Tastes Of The Goulburn Festival, with heritage locos B 74  & T 378., wooden cars including Yarra parlour car.

Please support mainline heritage operations by buying a ticket,  for a quick high speed steam day trip.  Tickets still on sale.
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
At what speed will R707 will travelling to and from Melbourne? Thanks
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
At what speed will R707 will travelling to and from Melbourne? Thanks

Depends how fast you can push.

The line speed for the R on that line is around 110km/h. So depending on the weight, crews and weather, id say expect it around 100km/h.
  D3621 Locomotive Driver

Location: Castlemaine Vic
Depends how fast you can push.

The line speed for the R on that line is around 110km/h. So depending on the weight, crews and weather, id say expect it around 100km/h.
G41

I was under the impression that all heritage trains ran at 80kmh? It is at 100kmh because 707 operation use steel cars or is the 80kmh speed limit just for running on the RFR?
  Loco Administrator Railpage 2 Developer

Location: Melbourne
I was under the impression that all heritage trains ran at 80kmh? It is at 100kmh because 707 operation use steel cars or is the 80kmh speed limit just for running on the RFR?
D3621
Non RFR lines, heritage trains are able to operate at line speed to the speed the rollingstock allows.

In this case, R707 and an all steel consist allows for running over 80km/h

Regards,
Lionel.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I would expect R707 to run easily at over 100km/h. I remember a couple of years ago, Steamrail tested R711 on the same line at speeds of or over 115km/h with a full consist in tow. If R711 can do it surely R707 can.
  D3621 Locomotive Driver

Location: Castlemaine Vic
Thanks for the information Gman_86 and Lionel. Sorry for another question but what is the top speed these days for wooden cars?
  SN7 Chief Commissioner

The train ran well yesterday, and thanks to those that travelled, a full rundown on the day can be found on the 707 operations inc Facebook page, on the return to Newport ex Southern Cross , there was a delay due to a point failure at South Kensington.

Apart from this the operation of the train saw another mainline steam driver was qualified on the run yesterday by V/Line. A great benefit for all mainline steam operation.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Unfortunately I was unable to ride the train yesterday, I had to work. I did however knock off in time to drive up and catch it blasting it's way up to the top of the Great Dividing Range at Heathcote Junction.

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  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I then went back up to Seymour to see if I could catch a glimpse of the SRHC train running the 3 o'clock shuttle. T357 and another T (T378 I think) lead the consist, with B74 on the other end for the return leg. I caught them at Mangalore were they had just been overtaken by GL101 and GL110 hauling a long rake of empty container flats.

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  Loco Administrator Railpage 2 Developer

Location: Melbourne
Got one photo yesterday of the train coming through Donnybrook.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lc501/10353173484/

Regards,
Lionel.
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
To everyone working on the train and behind the scenes at 707 Operations, many thanks for putting on a great day with the mighty Hudson R707 and it's train . Here are my photos of how the trip went :

R707 departing Southern Cross station about 10 mins behind schedule with 8393 Tastes of the Goulburn Tour to Seymour. Sat 19/10/2013 :





  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R707 is now cresting the grade and Heathcote Junction with ease  and then passing through the station :



  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R707 approaching Dockerys Rd level crossing on the way to Tallarook :

  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R707 nearing the end of it's journey as it rounds the curve toward Seymour station :



  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R707 'City of Melbourne' proudly shows off it's drivers, rods, valve gear and side profile as it waits at Seymour station ready to depart with 8494 Tastes of the Goulburn tour back to Melbourne :







  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R707 makes it's way up out of Seymour station for the return trip back to Melbourne :





  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R707 chuffing it's way up out of Broadford



  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R707 'on time' as it is about to pass under the Kilmore-Wandong Rd bridge, Wandong :



  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
Getting close to Melbourne, R707 thunders through Donnybrook station :

  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
Coming to the end of it's journey R707 is about to pass under the Latrobe St bridge and into Southern Cross station arriving about 5 minutes early. Again thanks to everyone at 707 Operations for putting on such a great day :



  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
An excellent selection of photos, Michelle12; thanks for posting them for all to enjoy.
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
Thanks, Valvegear. It was my pleasure to chase R707 to Seymour and back.

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