Red & Silver Ghan loco sightings

 
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT 2 minutes early at 12:13pm Sunday, 17th September 2017

NR109 NR78 with the usual Expedition consist of 36 carriages.


8050 as terminal shunter.

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  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT 1 minutes early at 12:14pm Sunday, 24th September 2017

NR109 NR75 with the usual Expedition consist of 36 carriages.


8050 as terminal shunter.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT 2 late** at 12:17pm Sunday, 1st October 2017

NR109 NR75 with the usual Expedition consist of 36 carriages.


8050 as terminal shunter.

** 1AD8 departed as noted above but pulled to a stop at the signals at the north end of Mile End loop (where the GSR terminal track joins the mainline) and waited some 15 minutes - last two carriages blocking the maintenance access level crossing. (to the annoyance of some workers)  
By 12:45 the locos had reached the River Torrens Rail Bridge and again waited for clearance through the Torrens Junction Work site.  At 12:54 it proceeded at walking pace (with warning bell on) through the work site only accelerating when the locos approached the Torrens Road Level crossing.
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

Do the same locos that work The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin, then work the return service?
So, would NR109 and NR75 have arrived in Adelaide with The Ghan on Saturday, 30 September?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Do the same locos that work The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin, then work the return service?
So, would NR109 and NR75 have arrived in Adelaide with The Ghan on Saturday, 30 September?
Spletsie
Yes they do, the locos are marshalled cab leading/cab following so there is no need to turn them in Darwin.
As soon as they are released from 4DA8 on Saturday, then run out to Dry Creek for servicing, then return Sunday morning for 1AD8
(as a side note NR109 has lead 1AD8 for the last 3 weeks and was 2nd loco the week before that)
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

Thanks Pressman. That's useful information.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT 2 early at 12:13pm Sunday, 8th October 2017

NR109 NR65 with the usual Expedition consist of 36 carriages.


8050 as terminal shunter.
  edison Chief Commissioner

With a consist of 36 cars, what are the splitting/marshalling arrangements at each end of the run? And how long does it take to walk the length of such a train?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
With a consist of 36 cars, what are the splitting/marshalling arrangements at each end of the run? And how long does it take to walk the length of such a train?
edison
G'day Edison,

At Keswick Terminal
The 2 locos and the northern 11 carriages (297m long)  are docked in Platform 2. The southern portion has 25 carriages (575m) is docked in platform 1.

The locos and first 11 carriages depart at around 11:45 am then set back onto the remainder.
The final departure is 12:15pm
Total train length (including locos) is approx. 872 metres

It is not possible for a passenger to walk the full length of the train (inside that is) because the power cars are a no-go zone for passengers. Power cars are located at car 1, car 20 and car 36.

The consist is not split in Alice Springs or Darwin.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Sorry I'm a couple of days late but life happens!

1AD8  ex APT 5 late at 12:20pm Sunday, 15th October 2017

NR75 NR109 with the usual Expedition consist of 36 carriages.


8050 as terminal shunter.
  phower Chief Commissioner

Location: Over on Kangaroo Island Sth Aust
good afternoon Tony  did you bring a note as to why ??


















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  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
good afternoon Tony  did you bring a note as to why ??
phower
Yep, Note (and accommodation & Fuel vouchers) already lodged with the pay mistress Wink
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
From Yesterday....
1AD8  ex APT 5 late at 12:20pm Sunday, 22nd October 2017

NR74 NR75 with the usual Expedition consist of 36 carriages.


8108 having a stint as terminal shunter.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm Sunday, 29th October 2017

NR74 NR23 with a consist of 41 carriages.
The Expedition special has finished until next years peak season so the length restrictions have finished.
Todays consist is boosted by 2 Motorail wagon (with just one car - so the return leg must have good bookings!) The Premium class is reduced to 2 carriages, plus an extra half section of Gold class has been added. And total of 5 crew cars.
The return service 4DA8 will now arrive Keswick on Fridays at 1pm.




8050 back as terminal shunter.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT 2 minutes late at 12:17pm Sunday, 5th November 2017

NR74 NR89 with a consist of 40 carriages.


8050 as terminal shunter.
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

Just wondering what the maximum number of carriages of The Ghan consist is.

I think its maximum would be determined by the length of loops along the line.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Just wondering what the maximum number of carriages of The Ghan consist is.

I think its maximum would be determined by the length of loops along the line.
Spletsie
Todays consist of 40 is approximately 920 metres, and the loop lengths on the Darwin line are 1800m +

The longest was last year at 44 carriages for approx. 1,010 metres

However I believe longer consists have run on rare occasions. One was the return of damaged carriages after a derailment Ban Ban in the territory
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

Just wondering what the maximum number of carriages of The Ghan consist is.

I think its maximum would be determined by the length of loops along the line.
Todays consist of 40 is approximately 920 metres, and the loop lengths on the Darwin line are 1800m +

The longest was last year at 44 carriages for approx. 1,010 metres

However I believe longer consists have run on rare occasions. One was the return of damaged carriages after a derailment Ban Ban in the territory
Pressman
Thanks Pressman.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
The Ghan 4DA8 suffered a derailment on Friday 10th November. The last carriage (Motorail carriage) derailed one bogie whilst passing through the Torrens Junction work site.
The train was running at walking pace through the construction site at the time of the derailment.
Train was delayed 90 minutes, and there were no injuries
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

The Ghan 4DA8 suffered a derailment on Friday 10th November. The last carriage (Motorail carriage) derailed one bogie whilst passing through the Torrens Junction work site.
The train was running at walking pace through the construction site at the time of the derailment.
Train was delayed 90 minutes, and there were no injuries
Pressman
I presume NR74 and NR89 were on the front.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
The Ghan 4DA8 suffered a derailment on Friday 10th November. The last carriage (Motorail carriage) derailed one bogie whilst passing through the Torrens Junction work site.
The train was running at walking pace through the construction site at the time of the derailment.
Train was delayed 90 minutes, and there were no injuries
I presume NR74 and NR89 were on the front.
Spletsie
Going by usual practice it would have been NR89 NR74, but I can't confirm
The Adelaide Now article only showed a "stock" Photo of a stabled NR74 at Darwin Station

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/the-ghan-carriage-derails-at-north-adelaide-leaving-passengers-stranded/news-story/c18afe015c4326ecb9765c4197ababbc
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
The Ghan 4DA8 suffered a derailment on Friday 10th November. The last carriage (Motorail carriage) derailed one bogie whilst passing through the Torrens Junction work site.
The train was running at walking pace through the construction site at the time of the derailment.
Train was delayed 90 minutes, and there were no injuries
I presume NR74 and NR89 were on the front.
Going by usual practice it would have been NR89 NR74, but I can't confirm
The Adelaide Now article only showed a "stock" Photo of a stabled NR74 at Darwin Station

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/the-ghan-carriage-derails-at-north-adelaide-leaving-passengers-stranded/news-story/c18afe015c4326ecb9765c4197ababbc
Pressman
Some further info on this incident
The offending wagon was AMPZ 255
Was lifted back on track by a 400 tonne mobile crane (which just happened to be on site!)
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT 2 minutes early at 12:13pm Sunday, 12th November 2017

NR74 NR89 (again) with a consist of 39 carriages.  (Minus the Fridays offending motorail)


8050 as terminal shunter.

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