The whereabouts of the AN class locos

 
  electrax Assistant Commissioner

The Hines Hill accident in 1996 clamed both AN10 and DL37.

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  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
AN3 is officially in PN stare livery, still at the Port Augusta workshops.
greasyrhys

The ANs look good in PN star livery.  Its the big name that does it.  The DLs don't look anywhere near as good due to the small name and vast expanse of blue.  I'll miss the red AN though.  Fortunately it made some visits to WA and led a few engine turns.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
AN1 is currently at the workshops at Port Augusta, I think for an overhaul and/or a fresh coat of paint. I wonder if some are still having cab upgrades?

Haven't got any further updates of AN3 since almost 3 weeks ago, could that have gone to NSW?
  trainlover Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide.
AN3 arrived into Islington Tuesday night arriving on 3XW4 behind NR112.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
AN3 is currently on train 1115 (Mobil oil shunt), leading in the Port direction.
  K-Class Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
AN3 is currently on train 1115 (Mobil oil shunt), leading in the Port direction.
greasyrhys

What else is on the train?

Matt
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
What else is on the train?

Matt
"K-Class"


Just 9311 & nr26 on the other side. AN3 went out on 4AM5 & detached at Tailem last night, & was picked up by MA5 this morning. Only to go onto tonight's 5AM5. It may again end up getting dropped off at TB & picked up by either 5MA5 or 5MP7 tomorrow.

Also I read that AN3 did have a cab upgrade (although to PN Bulk standard), I wonder if there's any slight possibility of the upgraded AN's being used on the Bemax in the near future? IMO they're too good a loco to be used as 'bankers' in this state.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Also I read that AN3 did have a cab upgrade (although to PN Bulk standard), I wonder if there's any slight possibility of the upgraded AN's being used on the Bemax in the near future? IMO they're too good a loco to be used as 'bankers' in this state.
greasyrhys

...or it could join the other AN's that currently lead trains in NSW.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
AN3 was tagged by some hoodlum(s) during the week, the graffiti has since been removed.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
AN3 was tagged by some hoodlum(s) during the week, the graffiti has since been removed.
greasyrhys


Did it say "bring back The Ghan"?
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
...or it could join the other AN's that currently lead trains in NSW.
Raichase

I heard there was a plan that ALL AN's must lead in NSW, but as soon as they reach the SA border they must be reversed. No AN is allowed to lead in SA on the grounds that it excites the local population too much.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
I heard there was a plan that ALL AN's must lead in NSW, but as soon as they reach the SA border they must be reversed. No AN is allowed to lead in SA on the grounds that it excites the local population too much.
seb2351

That's a valid concern - think of the danger of wheelslip from the foam!

On a more serious note, they're a modern (comparatively), high horsepower locomotive. I would think (as a layman) they would be well suited to the heavier trains in NSW on the grades, like the ore trains, Manildra trains, garbage train etc. If I lived in SA and wanted to see AN class, I'd rather travel to NSW and see them working in multiple leading trains, than as trailing units on the odd intermodal train...

But that's just me, being rational and all!
  trainlover Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide.
Only 2 ANs with Bulk currently AN2 and 7 working back to back   from Clyde on the rubbish train.

While AN3 and 8 are seen here in SA on Banker Work and both have been to WA as 3rd engine when  heavy tonnages on MP5 and MP7.

AN 1 at Port Augusta Overhaul.

ANs 4/5/6/9/11 all in NSW back with intermodal Some trips to  at times to Melbourne Brisbane and Parks As 2nd or 3 engine of Course.
  MD Chief Commissioner

Location: Canbera
When the ANs were first built, they were geared for 150 kmh, as they were only intended for hauling trains across the TAR.
Whether they have been regeared I dont know, but if not, they would not be very useful at all In NSW or anywhere there are steep grades.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Did it say "bring back The Ghan"?
"lkernan"


It didn't, couldn't read the mess.

It would be great if the AN's that have been upgraded for R&B worked on R&B trains in SA (Bemax & Port Pirie-Broken Hill ore trains), would allow more nr's to be used on intermodal. It's not like PN have banned EMD-powered locos from leading trains in SA (not including the Leigh Creek coal train, failures & the PN Mobil oil shunt).
  wagrttn Locomotive Driver

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While AN3 and 8 are seen here in SA on Banker Work and both have been to WA as 3rd engine when heavy tonnages on MP5 and MP7.

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trainlover


AN8 was seen sandwhiched between two NRs in the PN Kewdale yard, WA on Friday afternoon.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

It didn't, couldn't read the mess.
"greasyrhys"
You should try improving your handwriting then.
  Typhon Assistant Commissioner

Location: I'm that freight train tearing through the sky in the clouds.
It didn't, couldn't read the mess.

It would be great if the AN's that have been upgraded for R&B worked on R&B trains in SA (Bemax & Port Pirie-Broken Hill ore trains), would allow more nr's to be used on intermodal.
greasyrhys


I wouldnt rule it out in the future.
  Alco251_244 Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere
When the ANs were first built, they were geared for 150 kmh, as they were only intended for hauling trains across the TAR.
Whether they have been regeared I dont know, but if not, they would not be very useful at all In NSW or anywhere there are steep grades.
MD

The AN's were all re-geared back in the mid 2000's. This was to better match the NR's and were given the same tonnage rating as an NR through the Adelaide Hills and across to Perth on intermodal trains.
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
For a time ANs were used four up on southern coal trains before going back on intermodal and steel trains .
They work better on east coast trains with gearing suitable for general purpose work .
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
5 6 and 9 are in Parkes ATM , trailing bankers between there and Sydney it seems .
  trainlover Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide.
AN 3 Now on its way to Brisbane on 3MB4.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
And the same AN was on 5BW4 on Friday. Not sure if it's going to work on R&B trains in nsw or return to SA?
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
6 in Parkes ATM .
  sashmo Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane Qld
AN3 trailed NR30 and NR45 on 7WB3 yesterday.

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