Unusual Sightings

 
  Electric C Junior Train Controller

Location: The Shed - land of junk, smoke and wonder
I saw the 10 flats near hagley about 1415 but with 2101 in charge !

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  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

The 10 container wagons behind 2005 were likely the ones that departed Hobart at approx 9 am (behind 2 DQs??) and then stabled for a time at Brighton Hub. Is this known as train #34?

Cheers,
DPJ
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

Unusual to see a pair of Zs (2110, 2112 ??) in Hobart area earlier in the week, perhaps Tuesday - seen heading north through Derwent Park area around 10 am with just one empty flat wagon in tow.
Any further info on the activities of these two locos in the South this week?

Cheers,
DPJ
  BertR Station Master

Spotted loaded coal wagons and a few flats with containers on board at Colebrook also a single engine. Looks like it had all been stabled there. Not playing in the dirt again are they?
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

Has the rake of loaded coal wagons been used for test loading for the new locos in the south of the state?
On a related matter, it was unusual to see two brand new locos (TR01 & 04) making their way into and out of Hobart last Thursday (Jan 16) - inbounds running light with slows/stops to check clearances at former suburban station platforms, then outbound late afternoon with a decent train (30 or do wagons) of container wagons.

Less unusual during last week was continued use of Z class locos - pairs of 2010/12 and 2011/2013 (I think) operating in and out if Hobart (on trains 33/34 ??).

Cheers,
DPJ
  DRR_Fireman Deputy Commissioner

Location: -
Less unusual during last week was continued use of Z class locos - pairs of 2010/12 and 2011/2013 (I think) operating in and out if Hobart (on trains 33/34 ??).
derwentparkjunc


Would that be 2110/2112 and 2111/2113? All the EE locomotives in Tasmania have a 21xx number, and there is no such loco as 2013
  Peter-Hem Locomotive Driver

Location: Tassie
I saw two Zs 2110/2112 leading the log train north on the mainline yesterday (19th) evening.
As for the coal + flat wagon train at Colebrook, its been stabled there for about a week now. TR01 and TR04 have been using the train for load testing and crew training; traveling between Colebrook and Parattah in the afternoon every second day.

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  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

"Would that be 2110/2112 and 2111/2113? All the EE locomotives in Tasmania have a 21xx number, and there is no such loco as 2013"

Indeed, that's what I meant - hopefully just momentary senility.

Cheers,
DPJ
  CodyW Junior Train Controller

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
The 32 came through Devonport at 1200 with all empty flats. The lash up consisted of 2002, 205x, 2003 and 2012.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
The 32 came through Devonport at 1200 with all empty flats. The lash up consisted of 2002, 205x, 2003 and 2012.
CodyW

I think you meant 31 didn't you?

Noted this morning;
2002+2051+2003*+2001* & T. # 531 [29W (inc. 22 x 60'ers) all M/T](* = d/a)
via Ravenswood, 0655h.
via Marshlands, 0659h.
via Bundella, 0705h.
(yesterday's 31 completing its run to Boyer after overnighting at the 'Hub')
  theesp Train Controller

Only 2002 was running on 5-31 ex Hub.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
All,


Some unusual observations this morning;


2002+2021 & T. # 633 [29W (inc. 18 log & (see notes below))]
via Bridgewater, 0703h. (running very late)
stop Granton, 0710 - 0716h. (Track Warrant)
via Claremont, 0729h.
via Berriedale, 0735h.

Note (1): Observed in the consist of 633 were some veryunusual wagons - for a South Line train - new Railton cement wagon, THFY001-G and new Melba Line ore wagons, TOMY0039-S & TOMY0040-Y. I expect they are still under test, but it is quite bizarre to see West Coast ore wagons and a Railton - Devonport cement hopper going into Hobart! Would this be the first visit ever of a Melba Line ore wagon and Railton cement wagon to Hobart?

Meanwhile, following behind was;

2054+2051+2101* & T. # 635 [17W](* = d/a)
dept. Tea Tree Loop, 0805h. (after a crew change)
via Brighton, 0814h.
via Bridgewater, 0829h.
via Granton, 0833h.

Note (2): Unfortunately, one side of 2101 has copped a fullside covering of graffiti, plus some damage to the pilot.
Note (3): Uncommon to see 33 and 35 one after the other at this time of the morning.
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

Noted a similar (maybe identical) consist to that of 33 (as reported by 12CSVT) on the return Hob to Brighton trip - had several loaded container wagons as well as empty logs and the new wagons.
On following to Brighton noted :
1. This train reversed into Brighton yard adding considerable time to its Hob - Brighton trip. I've noted previously this type of operation and have speculated on potential operational reasons for not using the Hob-Hub leg of the wye (any helpful explanations in Railpageland?)
2. The Hub area looked impressively modern with the new rail facilities as well as 3 new TR locos, some other new wagons and (I think) the new tamper.
Will be even more impressive when massive building works are completed.

Cheers,

DPJ
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
1. This train reversed into Brighton yard adding considerable time to its Hob - Brighton trip. I've noted previously this type of operation and have speculated on potential operational reasons for not using the Hob-Hub leg of the wye (any helpful explanations in Railpageland?)
2. ........and (I think) the new tamper.

Cheers,

DPJ
derwentparkjunc

1. Probably because they didn't want to reverse the consist.
2. Yes, the new tamper is there as well as the new ballast regulator.

I find it curious that 33 carts a good part of its consist (i.e. the log rake) all the way into Hobart, where it just gets in the way, only to cart it all the way back out to the Hub again. Not sure why the log wagons and any other wagons meant for the Hub yard don't just get cut off in Rogerville loop, from where a spare loco in the Hub yard (a job for the 'Y', when it gets fixed) can simply collect it.

One major design flaw of the Hub yard was not laying a through exit track from the south / west end of the yard to cross Glenstone Drive, follow the strip of empty land adjacent to the transmission towers to join up with the Main South Line just up from Wylie Park Rd Crossing. That would have allowed trains to easily transit through the yard to stable or drop wagons without having to reverse or back in from the north end, whilst through trains (like the paper train) could still bypass the yard entirely.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Just found out why all the different wagons and locos are at the Brighton hub today:
http://www.tasrail.com.au/media-releases/2014/03/31/tasrail-marks-successful-commissioning-and-delivery-of-new-wagon-fleet/

TasRail marked the successful conclusion of its new wagon procurement project with an official ribbon cutting event at its Brighton Transport Hub today with key customers, stakeholders and project partners from CNR China.
  Tascop Chief Train Controller

Location: Devonport, Tas
A lone TR loco came through Devonport tonight running light headed West.
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
TR04 is still at Devonport, reportedly testing remote control use and slow speed test, on cement train
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

In recent weeks there have been several sightings of weekday trains heading north out of Hobart in the 5.30 - 7.30 pm (approx) window, when more usually they would be going around midnight or a little later.
I assume these earlier trains are #36.
Has there been a timetable change of late?

Cheers,
DPJ
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
In recent weeks there have been several sightings of weekday trains heading north out of Hobart in the 5.30 - 7.30 pm (approx) window, when more usually they would be going around midnight or a little later.
I assume these earlier trains are #36.
Has there been a timetable change of late?

Cheers,
DPJ
derwentparkjunc

No, that's # 38 from what I understand. 38 was just running Sunday afternoons, but that has now extended to Monday's, Tuesdays and maybe Wednesdays? as well.
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

Thanks.  Does 38 run when 36 doesn't, and vice versa? Or can they both run on the same evening?

Cheers,
DPJ
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
I'm not entirely sure but Steve is pretty much on the money. Its confusing a bit! Both trains run, not sure on when leaving Burnie however.
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

I'm not sure if this counts as an unusual observation.
Yesterday morning, some time after the passage through Glenorchy of train 35 into Hobart a pair of new TRs running light followed towards the southern terminus.
After waiting quarter of an hr or so outside the yard beyond the 1 km post the locos proceeded into the top yard to be stabled on the outer track.
At this stage the locos from 35, 2054, a DQ and a pair of MKAs, were idling in bottom yard but soon after set off for Brighton Hub, arriving approx 11.45, where they were stabled on the loco shed road.
In the early evening the TRs were heard taking the northbound train (38?) through Glenorchy.
Any sightings of this train further north?

Cheers,
DPJ
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
In the early evening the TRs were heard taking the northbound train (38?) through Glenorchy.
Any sightings of this train further north?

Cheers,
DPJ
derwentparkjunc

Yes.... (taken from the Tasrail Yahoo Group)..posted by me;

Observed last night (22/4/14);

TR06+TR04 & T. # 338 [21W]
via Bridgewater Jctn, 1822h.

Although they have been out working revenue trains for some time now, this was my first instance of seeing the TR's actually out working. Sound like big vacuum cleaners!
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

Thanks 12CSVT.
Different pairs of TRs were also in and out of Hobart on Wednesday and Thursday.  On Wed 03 & 07 did a light engine run late morning Hob - Brighton Hub while on Thur 09 & 10 headed out with an evening train, #38 I assume.
These TR locos certainly make completely different sounds to other classes, engine & whistle; the latter has almost a steam loco quality to it, IMHO.
It's certainly great to see the TRs hauling proper trains, with some new container flats being part of the consists.
Do we know which numbered TRs are now in Tas?

Cheers,
DPJ
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Do we know which numbered TRs are now in Tas?
Cheers,
DPJ
derwentparkjunc

I believe some TR's have 5 chimes, others atm have just four.

As for numbers, TR01, TR03-09 i think. Maybe TR10 and TR11. There is still some teething issues with them, like anything new really.

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