SCT Announces Commencement of Dedicated Melbourne to Brisbane Freight Services

 
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
SCT actually has a third youtube clip going back to September that has its CEO outlining their forward plans at a function they hosted to a large gathering of people in freight and logistics.   It's very clear after Aurizon gave them the heave ho about 12 months ago that they would no longer accommodate SCT's rake of vans that SCT saw this as being much the same challenge as it was when National Rail did the same thing on the East-west corridor and the youtube clips make that very clear so we can expect SCT to be very aggressive in making a go of things on the north-south.

In fact the CEO says that SCT usually keep their plans very close to their chest but have deliberately chosen to be very much out there promoting their new Brisbane service.   The fact they have recently appointed a GM just for Port business says they will play very strongly in that area as well.

2017 is going to be an interesting year for the north-south corridor with both a new major player plus grain running heavy thanks to both a big harvest and SSR further investing in locos and rollingstock for grain.
Trainplanner
Great - bring it on and good luck to SCT!!

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  rlinari Station Staff

Location: Bromelton
Anyone here starting on the 21st with me as a shunter?
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Congratulations-   Hope this new operation keeps you busy!!!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
According to other threads these services are due to commence this coming Saturday the 21st of January.  Is this correct?
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
Yes
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Yes
seb2351

Can we expect BK001 and BK002 to be the motive power for the service and are these locomotives to be renumbered to SCT numbering?
  phower Chief Commissioner

Location: Over on Kangaroo Island Sth Aust
Yes

Can we expect BK001 and BK002 to be the motive power for the service and are these locomotives to be renumbered to SCT numbering?
bevans
Yes they already have been to CSR 011 and CSR 012 as it was announced a few days back Via this  media or Email not sure  right now
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
ARTC have acknowledged that the BK's will be renamed to CSR011 and CSR012.
Until such time as they are officially rebranded, they are BK's however.

Anyone operating on train order territory would know why.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
ARTC have acknowledged that the BK's will be renamed to CSR011 and CSR012.
Until such time as they are officially rebranded, they are BK's however.

Anyone operating on train order territory would know why.
seb2351
For those of us who are not and want to learn why, can you tell us?
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
When you write a train order for a cross, or your issued a train authority, it will state a specific loco.

If your crossing CSR011 and its the wrong loco ( because it shows BK001 ) rules state your authority is incorrect and you must stop immediately.

If your authority is issued to CSR011 and your loco is painted as BK001, your authority is incorrect and you must stop immediately.

If your train fails and you require an authority, it is issued to a specific train and a specific loco. If your loco does not match, your authority is incorrect and you must stop.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Great explanation, thanks Seb.
  x31 Assistant Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Any ideas how big the MB/BM9 services are likely to be and what the consist will look like?

Has SCT had to expand their Laverton trackage to accommodate the new service?
  trainz64 Station Master

Location: Sydney
Any ideas how big the MB/BM9 services are likely to be and what the consist will look like?

Has SCT had to expand their Laverton trackage to accommodate the new service?
x31
Reading the MTP it says it is 1500m, so about the same length as the already existing superfreighters?
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
The length in the MTP is not representative of what the train might run on the day.  That is more for planning purposes.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: On a freight train to crazy town
The length in the MTP is not representative of what the train might run on the day.  That is more for planning purposes.
james.au
It is the maximum though unless there is a waiver.

SCT have stated recently that one train will run at 1500m and three at 1200m. Of course one would imagine this would be dependent on available loading, especially during the start up period.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.


The BK's aka CSR's at Gheringhap this morning.  TOC waiver for the change of ownership and renumbering is available at https://extranet.artc.com.au/docman/DocManFiles/DocTypes/TOC/Files/17005.PDF?1896654734
  tazzer96 Chief Train Controller

Running a few at 1200m would definitely offer greater flexibility when it comes to crosses.  But they are timetabled for all to run at 1500m.  

Once again the timetable is a qld train spotters nightmare.   All SCT services arrive and depart during darkness
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Enjoying dinner onboard the QR
Loco identification change instructions; nip down to the local hardware or auto spare parts shop and buy a can of red paint and a can of white paint and a wide paint brush and a thin paint brush. Paint out the blue BK bits with the red paint and add the correct SCT identification with the white paint and narrow brush  Smile
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Enjoying dinner onboard the QR
Loco identification change instructions; nip down to the local hardware or auto spare parts shop and buy a can of red paint and a can of white paint and a wide paint brush and a thin paint brush. Paint out the blue BK bits with the red paint and add the correct SCT identification with the white paint and narrow brush  Smile
petan
Another and perhaps a quicker method is to pay the local signwriter to print off a set of SCT loco numbers in the right colours etc and stick it over the previous identification. Many signwriters have printers large enough to handle the all over stick-on advertising wraps seen on many commercial vehicles so they would be experienced in similar jobs. Smile
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
This is all great for te rail industry and SCT who really look to be a class act. We are excited up here but have a question.

Will the new Brisbane services shunt barnawartha or is this to be a discrete service from Melbourne ?
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
The schedule provides for the MEL to BRIS service to shunt both ways.   In their video clips SCT mention that the Barnawatha Hub will also handle traffic coming from the north and also generate northbound business.   I suspect that has to do with Woolworths obviously having products that are sourced all across the country and especially things like food products from the north amongst other things.
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
Loco identification change instructions; nip down to the local hardware or auto spare parts shop and buy a can of red paint and a can of white paint and a wide paint brush and a thin paint brush. Paint out the blue BK bits with the red paint and add the correct SCT identification with the white paint and narrow brush  Smile
Another and perhaps a quicker method is to pay the local signwriter to print off a set of SCT loco numbers in the right colours etc and stick it over the previous identification. Many signwriters have printers large enough to handle the all over stick-on advertising wraps seen on many commercial vehicles so they would be experienced in similar jobs. Smile
petan
That's pretty much how all logos are applied these days. Base colours will be paint, but the numbers and company logo will be vinyl decals.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Anyone here starting on the 21st with me as a shunter?
rlinari

Congratulations on your new role. Will you be based at Barnawartha or Laverton or Brisbane?
  rlinari Station Staff

Location: Bromelton
Thanks Trainplanner and bevans.  Such a relief after initially being recruited by a different company then told at the end of the training 'what job?'.

I'm at Bromelton.  Was there for an induction today - still about 100m of track to be laid but no-one is panicking.  Keen as beans!
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
rlinari,

That's great news and glad to hear your excited as well.   Without breaching any commercial or confidentiality elements of your new employer, it would be nice to get an update on how things progress.  I'm not the only one who is quite impressed with what SCT has achieved and breaking into the north - south, east coast corridor is an especially big challenge.   Your company is making a pretty substantial investment in a corridor that has well entrenched rail and road operators so there is a lot at stake notwithstanding that SCT's door to door model has been a stunning success.

Good luck.

TP

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