Leigh Creek Coal Train - The End Is Nigh

 
  AN830 Locomotive Driver

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Well the hand over date of the railway back to government has been announced. The railway will be returned to state government in July 2017 in an operating condition.  

I wonder if the AK cars will make another trip to Leigh Creek before handover?

http://flinderspower.com.au/leigh-creek-railway/

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  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: On a freight train to crazy town

Other power station to come down in the new year, March or April.

Coal wagons presently on the balloon loop at the power station with a hand full at Stirling North. Bought buy SSR and waiting to be removed with maybe a couple for scrap.

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ssaunders
First rake of wagons expected to head back east within the next fortnight.
  sar602 Chief Train Controller

Location: With the Trumpenführer
The commencement of the auction coincided with the State Government granting Bowmans Rail $200,000 for the establishment of an intermodal container terminal, just outside of Leigh Creek.
Somebody
http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=newssearch&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwionKbtt5rQAhWJiLwKHcozDgsQqQIIGigAMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adelaidenow.com.au%2Fbusiness%2Fmining-machinery-and-other-mine-equipment-is-going-under-the-hammer-at-leigh-creek-this-week%2Fnews-story%2Fc69f5d256d95c8349a9e3c500a0d09f8&usg=AFQjCNEXXm2HGwLt6NHE0WHGu4fAvGdKjA

looking promising. Any updates on when the remaining hoppers will be moving east?
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

The Clare Argus (2/11/16) has an article regarding BALCO seeking to establish an "inland port", their words, at Leigh Creek. It appears that an intermodal terminal is being considered  to serve the mining and oil industries north of Leigh Creek.

Please don't shoot the messenger.

Ian
  Grantham Minister for Railways

Location: I'm with stupid!
The Clare Argus (2/11/16) has an article regarding BALCO seeking to establish an "inland port", their words, at Leigh Creek. It appears that an intermodal terminal is being considered  to serve the mining and oil industries north of Leigh Creek.

Please don't shoot the messenger.

Ian
steam4ian

There have been a couple of articles about it. Hopefully the track is still in good order, because even if it's only a small operation at first it will be able to grow. Smile

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  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
Most practical thing to do to reduce CO2 is close the aging coal fired and build modern coal fired running on the best coal and if its imported from NSW/Qld then so be it. Also look at waste heat recovery and use for other purposes from the same power stations. Australia has a history of building stand alone power and industry.

The alt to coal is Nuclear. There is insufficient hydro options left to make a big enough difference to even bother with this to much. Maybe options of pump back peak supply like Brisbane's 500MW hydro plant, but not much else.
Yep and while we're being practical, what are we doing about people burning cow sh## in the third world? Too hard I guess. Far easier to de-industrialize first world countries and slug the dumb whites in the suburbs.
   My personal preference would be nuclear but the gunzel in me would love to see quad 90s dragging 12000 tonnes of hunter coal to Port Augusta. Yep, Never gunna happen.
fzr560
It wouldn't be quad 90s, it'd be long haul intermodal locos, and probably not 12,000 tonnes/train. There is SG all the way; Ulan Dubbo Narromine Parkes BH PA, in a relatively direct route.

There was talk a while back about developing a mine East of Dubbo to feed a power station at Wallerawang, another vaguely possible idea.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Bogong's post was excellent but did contain a few minor inaccuracies.

Gas fuelled plant can be just as suitable for long term base load generation as coal fired or nuclear plant. See Torrens Island (steam cycle) Pelican Point and Osborne (combined cycle) and Quarantine (open cycle GT)

Energy recovery from water storage can only be minimal. Ansteys Hill only generates some 3MW and a potential site at Mt Bold Reservoir would only generate under 5MW and was found not to be worth the cost of getting a transmission connection to it.

There are NO sites in SA that would accommodate worthwhile energy storage by hydro electric means.

Fiddling at the edges is not going to provide the radical change that in needed to correct the over dependence on wind generation which has made base load generation un economic to maintain and operate.

One solution would be to force wind generators to provide back generation to up to 50% of the nominal capacity of their wind farms; this must be available at their point of connection. Wind farm owners and operators are profiting at the expense of reliable supply to the consumers.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Power generation issues in South Australia
https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p2028978.htm#2028978


is where "Most" of the power generation discussion has been  split into, keeping this topic railway based.
  AN830 Locomotive Driver

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Well thats all folks for the Leigh Creek Railway Line, as of the 31st of July 2017 Flinders Power has handed the line back to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

The line is most likely closed to all traffic now.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Well there could be that new traffic by Bowmans Rail in the not too distant future
  hbedriver Junior Train Controller

At Leigh Creek during a holiday. Seen 5 level crossings, all with signs "railway crossing not in use". Cross arms removed from the passive ones. Flashing lights still on highway crossing near Beltana Roadhouse. Weeds starting to take over ballast. Old mine mostly covered, maybe they could fill in the rest with Sydney rubbish? I suspect without at least a good weed spray, the line will soon deteriorate to unserviceable condition
  BigShunter Chief Train Controller

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Old mine mostly covered, maybe they could fill in the rest with Sydney rubbish? I suspect without at least a good weed spray, the line will soon deteriorate to unserviceable condition
hbedriver
Great idea, they could haul the rubbish from Sydney, to the mine site by train !  Razz
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Did anything come of the Bowmans traffic?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Did anything come of the Bowmans traffic?
james.au
Nope
  RTT_Rules The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dubai UAE
I suspect without at least a good weed spray, the line will soon deteriorate to unserviceable condition
hbedriver
I think most would feel this line has no future regardless. Any further spending would therefore be a waste of money.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: On a freight train to crazy town
It was in pretty good nick when the coal train stopped running.

Bowmans Rail probably still have plans for the line, but whether they come to fruition or not remains to be seen. The transfer from Alinta to SA Gov ownership was one hurdle that had to be jumped. However, I think Bowmans currently have their fingers in potentially more lucrative pies.

Of course if Australians and regulatory authorities weren't so insistent on gold plated standards then there'd probably be a few years left in the line yet.
  CPH8 Station Master

It was in pretty good nick when the coal train stopped running.

Bowmans Rail probably still have plans for the line, but whether they come to fruition or not remains to be seen. The transfer from Alinta to SA Gov ownership was one hurdle that had to be jumped. However, I think Bowmans currently have their fingers in potentially more lucrative pies.

Of course if Australians and regulatory authorities weren't so insistent on gold plated standards then there'd probably be a few years left in the line yet.
bingley hall
The real answer would be to extend the line to Moomba instead of sealing the road. It is the heavy road traffic that is damaging the road.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I can see the SA Govt selling this line off in the future for most probably scrap and just after the last section is pulled up and the job finished then some company will find a valuable mineral deposit or something virtually right alongside the old trackbed and this company would prefer rail transport to somewhere. It stands to reason though the SA Govt is like this, if it is not required now dispose of it and bugger what the future might hold! Go on Jay Weatherill do it!CoolCoolCool
  1771D Junior Train Controller

If in QLD it would be ripped up already.

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