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  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne

Do i see window blinds in that pic?
- Z1NorthernProgress2110


News Flash: New Tasrail locos equipped with window blinds.
DRR_Fireman


Good news guys, TR01 has been testing it's window blinds, no word on light penetration inside the cab but looking pretty successful from outside Laughing

From Tasrails Facebook:

  CodyW Junior Train Controller

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
More new TR's arriving this Sunday in Bell Bay via the car carrier, Fedora. I'm unsure of how many, sorry.
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
More new TR's arriving this Sunday in Bell Bay via the car carrier, Fedora. I'm unsure of how many, sorry.
CodyW

I think its 4 as Tasrail expect to have 6 TR's in service by mid March.
  Electric C Junior Train Controller

Location: The Shed - land of junk, smoke and wonder
Hopefully they sit on the wharf for a bit (well I can see 2 days at least) so I can get a picture
  Electric C Junior Train Controller

Location: The Shed - land of junk, smoke and wonder
Can anyone inform me where TR 2 is ? It seems odd that we are now up to TR 7 bar that number!
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Can anyone inform me where TR 2 is ? It seems odd that we are now up to TR 7 bar that number!
Electric C


According to the photos here:
http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?locomotive=PR43C%20PR22L%20PR22B

TR2 was the one that went to work in Florida for testing.
It might still be there so Progress can iron out the bugs closer to home.
  Electric C Junior Train Controller

Location: The Shed - land of junk, smoke and wonder
Ah that explains it then!
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
2 TR Locos seen at the eastern end of the traversor near the load tank at East Tamar Junction.
  Peter-Hem Locomotive Driver

Location: Tassie
Does anyone have any extra information about the 'Tour de Tassie' open days which are happening this weekend? eg; how many locomotives are to be shown, what times will they be traveling between each place, what to expect on the day, etc. Thanks.
  hosk1956 Deputy Commissioner

Location: no where near gunzels
According to the photos here:
http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?locomotive=PR43C%20PR22L%20PR22B

TR2 was the one that went to work in Florida for testing.
It might still be there so Progress can iron out the bugs closer to home.
lkernan

I was thinking they looked low, then I saw these photos, geez, I bet the yanks went looking for dwarfs to test drive them.  But in seriousness, I would have thought the loading gauge was or could have been a bit bigger than that, I gather there won't be any double stack container trains.
Congratulations though on finally getting new engines on the cape gauge after all these years.

Wayne
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
Does anyone have any extra information about the 'Tour de Tassie' open days which are happening this weekend? eg; how many locomotives are to be shown, what times will they be traveling between each place, what to expect on the day, etc. Thanks.
Peter-Hem

Saturday 8 February 10.00am to 1.00pm – Burnie Foreshore, North Terrace
Sunday 9 February 10.00am to 1.00pm – Western Junction Station, Evandale Road
Monday 10 February 10.00am to 4.00pm Royal Hobart Regatta Grounds
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
With the first two TR's supposedly now in regular service I presume load testing has been concluded. I wonder what the actual rated tonnages for these locomotives are.
Further I understand that all English Electric locos are to go once all TR's are in service. The 50 year old noisy 2 stroke DQ's are to be kept in service. You would have to wonder for how long these locomotives can remain cost effective.
  i_know_nothing Train Controller

It wasn't planned to keep the DQ's from what I can gather, but I believe this has changed since a TR went down the Melba line......The DQ's might be noisy and hungry, but they have commonality with the 2020's and 2050's. The EE's do not.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
It wasn't planned to keep the DQ's from what I can gather, but I believe this has changed since a TR went down the Melba line......The DQ's might be noisy and hungry, but they have commonality with the 2020's and 2050's. The EE's do not.
i_know_nothing

A shame then Tasrail didn't think to bid for the remaining QRN '2150's and some of the '2170's that have since gone to South Africa!
(Personally, I would have preferred the '2600's, but that throws another different make in the system (GE)).

Maybe it might be an idea to consider some more modern locos from the next batch of disposals Aurizon are planning, to cover the Melba Line so the ancient DQ's can be junked (or a couple left as shunters, if needed).
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
changed since a TR went down the Melba line
i_know_nothing


Why? What happened?

Maybe it might be an idea to consider some more modern locos from the next batch of disposals Aurizon are planning, to cover the Melba Line so the ancient DQ's can be junked (or a couple left as shunters, if needed).
12CSVT


A number of these have gone/are going to Queensland Rail. Why remains to be seen. Quite a few more are SG locos. TasRail might get lucky with a few more relics! Smile
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Why? What happened?
Graham4405

Clearance problems if I recall correctly. In other words it didn't fit!
  Electric C Junior Train Controller

Location: The Shed - land of junk, smoke and wonder
Wasn't the TRs to heavy in there standard from anyway? Hence why TR 4 went down with no fuel
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
It wasn't planned to keep the DQ's from what I can gather, but I believe this has changed since a TR went down the Melba line......The DQ's might be noisy and hungry, but they have commonality with the 2020's and 2050's. The EE's do not.
i_know_nothing

When the EE's were re-engined with newer motors how difficult would it have been to re-engine them with the Caterpillar 3512 engines, Install Voltage regulator equipment to make them compatible with the rest of the fleet. After all the EE frames range between 8 and 12 years younger than the DQ's?
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Clearance problems if I recall correctly. In other words it didn't fit!
12CSVT


So the locos that were supposedly designed to fit the Melba line, don't.  
I guess that removes the need for the modified lightweight bogies then.

Pity they seem to have chosen the DQ's to survive, but from a bean counters point of view it makes sense.

No-one from AN to PN would spend the money to make the EE fleet compatible with anything else (including other EE imports), so why start now when you already have locos compatible with the TR's.  The small age difference means bugger all to them.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
One of Tasrails brand new locos, TR06, was on display today at the Hobart Regatta, in front of the Regatta Grandstand. This was the final stage of Tasrail's "Tour de Tassie" which featured TR06 (one of the latest arrivals) being displayed in Burnie, Western Junction and finally Hobart.

The public displays were very successful, with many people dropping by to look at Tasmania's first brand new main-line locomotives since the arrival of the last two 'ZA's in 1976.

Tasrails public & corporate relations staff have done a great job in re-engaging with the Tasmanian public, after years of isolationism from the preceding private owners (ATN & PN). The last public engagement I can recall, was the East Tamar Jctn. Open Day put on by A.N. coinciding with the introduction to service of the 'ZR' class rebuilds.

Tasrail's Facebook site has some good coverage of the displays:
https://www.facebook.com/Follow.TasRail?sk=wall
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
Great to see TasRail doing some promotion, it both raises awareness in the broader community and reminds potential users that there is often an alternative to trucks.

Just a shame it coincides with the state election. Sad To some it may look like a political stunt by the (outgoing?) government rather than the genuine business promotion that it is.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Tasrails public & corporate relations staff have done a great job in re-engaging with the Tasmanian public
12CSVT

Let's hope some other Australian rail operators take a leaf out of their book, but I won't be holding my breath waiting for that!
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Last time i remember good public relations for railway here in Tassie was 1996, the 125th of Railways in Tasmania.Although EBR did a bit in 1997 for there Centenary.

I agree on what you said Steve Z, fantastic event. I went for the two days, Burnie and Western Junction, amazing on both day's turnouts.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Just a shame it coincides with the state election. Sad To some it may look like a political stunt by the (outgoing?) government rather than the genuine business promotion that it is.
Bogong

The timing with respect to the state election was purely coincidental. Tasrail had planned this long before the election was announced. Also, it was purely a Tasrail initiative - the State Govt had nothing to do with it.

However, the election was a bonus in that Tasrail had the opportunity to engage candidates of both major parties and demonstrate solid public support to try and ensure some continuity of backing for the rehabilitation of the state network, come the inevitable change of Govt.

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