Coal by rail returns to Boyer

 
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
After an absence of several years, regular coal deliveries, by rail, to the Norske Skog Boyer Paper Mill in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania is due to resume on the 4th of October. Truck deliveries will still occur concurrently until around April next year, as backloading trucks from Kimbolton Mine (near Hamilton in the Central Highlands) shipping coal north will still be required.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Great information.

Can we ask from where the coal is coming?
  NSWGR8022 Chief Train Controller

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Coal would surely be imported into Tasmania?
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
Tassie has plenty of coal but that seam near Hamilton may be used up. The Fingal mines are the main source of coal and the only traffic on that line.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Coal as always for Boyer comes from Fingal. The Kimbolton Mine (Hamilton) has still got 3 years reserves left.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
You find coal in the most unlikely places in Tasmania. From the 1930s to the 1950s skiers on Ben Lomond (near Launceston) used to mine a coal seam high above the tree line, fairly close to their huts and the local coal kept them toasty warm in the snow. That came to an end when they built the road up Jacobs Ladder and skiers could truck in diesel and LPG for their ski lodges.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Coal as always for Boyer comes from Fingal. The Kimbolton Mine (Hamilton) has still got 3 years reserves left.
12CSVT

Why did the coal stop arriving my rail in the first place?
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
12CSVT will fill you in there for that.

I believe the HF wagons will be sued Steve?
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
Coal as always for Boyer comes from Fingal. The Kimbolton Mine (Hamilton) has still got 3 years reserves left.

Why did the coal stop arriving my rail in the first place?
bevans
I would assume that when the Kimbolton mine was in full production it supplied all the coal required. Now I would say that supply is running down.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Coal as always for Boyer comes from Fingal. The Kimbolton Mine (Hamilton) has still got 3 years reserves left.

Why did the coal stop arriving my rail in the first place?
bevans
Because trucks taking coal from Kimbolton north to the Fingal washery were coming back empty, whilst the coal train coming down loaded was going back empty. P.N. refused to look at re-opening the Upper D.V. Line to capture the Kimbolton coal, so the trucks got the backloading. Boyer wanted to stick with rail but Cornwall said, we will charge you a fortune extra if you do, so to avoid the extra $$$ Boyer reluctantly conceded to trucks.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Coal as always for Boyer comes from Fingal. The Kimbolton Mine (Hamilton) has still got 3 years reserves left.

Why did the coal stop arriving my rail in the first place?
I would assume that when the Kimbolton mine was in full production it supplied all the coal required. Now I would say that supply is running down.
Rodo
Kimbolton coal was trialled at Boyer but was never used. Ash fusion point was too low. Kimbolton coal has always gone north to the Fingal washery then on to Railton.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
12CSVT will fill you in there for that.

I believe the HF wagons will be sued Steve?
Z1NorthernProgress2110
Don't know why you would sue a coal wagon Wink, but by using the 'HF's, yes the later series ones (I think the series 30 - 54) are coming out of storage. The originals (i.e. 1 - 29) are permanently withdrawn. (P.S. I might be a bit off with the division point between the original & latter day series. Need to check back on TRN back issues to confirm).
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

This is encouraging news.

12CSVT, do we know how many trains/week & wagons/train? Unloading as per previous infrastructure?

Let's hope the HFs survive the legal process to be used on this service.

Cheers,
DPJ
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
This is from a post years ago.
https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11337296.htm

I found an account in archives where almost every coal available in Tasmania, including Catamaran and Sandfly, many other and many mainland coals were evaluated by TGR mainly using Ab locos. Its hard to read but very interesting.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
This is encouraging news.

12CSVT, do we know how many trains/week & wagons/train? Unloading as per previous infrastructure?

Let's hope the HFs survive the legal process to be used on this service.

Cheers,
DPJ
derwentparkjunc
Numbers of trains / week & loading - no, not yet. List members working for Tasrail may know more than me at the moment. Unloading will be via the original siding and unloading station to No. 11 Coal Conveyor.

Not sure what you mean by "legal process" with regard to the 'HF's?
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

Ok, thanks.

'Legal process' - was an attempt at humour.
Weren't the HFs being 'sued'?

Cheers,
DPJ
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
I stuffed up, meant to say used. Not Sued
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

No offence intended by me, Z1.

A common mistake, didn't detract from your post.

Will wait to hear if first load of coal arrives today.

Cheers,
DPJ
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
All good, i had a laugh and still smiling.

Apparently it did arrive today
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Regularly scheduled rail deliveries of coal to the Norske Skog paper mill at Boyer finally resumed today, after a break of ?? years (can't recall) - though there were a couple one-off deliveries late last year around the Christmas period.



TR11+TR16 were noted this morning at 0630hrs. unloading 10 'HF's of coal, brought in early this morning as part of the consist of 31.



With a mid-morning loco swap, TR07+TR04, were subsequently noted,  standing light at Boyer station at 1215hrs. (for this afternoon's) 32.
  derwentparkjunc Chief Train Controller

Thanks for update.

Did previous coal service cease in PNT era?

Cheers,
DPJ
  sam6778 Locomotive Driver

Location: Rockingham, WA
Has there been anymore news back in Tassie about the proposal to export coal through Bell Bay?
If it does comes to fruition, what were the tonnages mentioned & would Tasrail have the capacity noting it now has the Boyer coal traffic.
Cheers
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Thanks for update.

Did previous coal service cease in PNT era?

Cheers,
DPJ
derwentparkjunc

Almost everything ceased in the PN era.  Smile
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Has there been anymore news back in Tassie about the proposal to export coal through Bell Bay?
If it does comes to fruition, what were the tonnages mentioned & would Tasrail have the capacity noting it now has the Boyer coal traffic.
Cheers
sam6778
Nope. That's done and dusted I am afraid, like Silica from Florentine, Magnesite from Takone, Venture Minerals, etc. etc.

Lots of failed opportunities that Tasrail was all over. Yet REAL traffic is available from Smithton (veneer, milk) and a major forest industries hub developing at Lings Siding on the N.E. Line that is likely to feature wood pellets, ethanol, etc. But, sorry, those lines are being sacrificed for rail trails!Evil or Very Mad
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Thanks for update.

Did previous coal service cease in PNT era?

Cheers,
DPJ

Almost everything ceased in the PN era.  Smile
bevans
Correct. 2007 I think. P.N. weren't interested in going back up the D.V. to collect the Kimbolton loading, so lost coal altogether. Then they abandoned pine because they "didn't have sufficient locos available"!!

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