SCT workings WA and all over Australia

 
  phower Chief Commissioner

Location: Over on Kangaroo Island Sth Aust
Any one know whats going on with the VERY late running SCT PM9 trains into Melbourne over the past couple of weeks? According to Gheringhap loop sightings website, some have been 10 hours or more late!

My understanding is that the closure of the East West route in WA a couple of weeks ago basically left locos, crew and rolling stock out of sequence on the corridor and they are still playing catch up.
bingley hall
And Bingly , as a mate drives for them you ,would be 100% correct ,but fewer breakdowns fails to make one smile as well ,  poor crews   !!

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  djukinX1016 Deputy Commissioner

Unfortunately since the start of the Melbourne to Brisbane services the trains to and from Perth for SCT have been hit with numerous loco issues that have created a lot of delays some services running to Perth up to 24 hours late due to loco failures on the desert. The failures have not been limited to the CSR's though they get mentioned more often. Lets hope its only a temporary problem.
  Groundrelay Deputy Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
Unfortunately since the start of the Melbourne to Brisbane services the trains to and from Perth for SCT have been hit with numerous loco issues that have created a lot of delays some services running to Perth up to 24 hours late due to loco failures on the desert. The failures have not been limited to the CSR's though they get mentioned more often. Lets hope its only a temporary problem.
djukinX1016
Reliability of delivery is what rail customers need, especially in the context of just-in-time supply chains. SCT would be well aware of this.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
The new SCT Bromelton service represents quite a significant expansion in SCT operations and even at 4 days per week ties up a lot of resources across the ground.   I'd say as well that a key pressure point for SCT would also be their Laverton Depot. Unlike there new depots, the Laverton Depot (apart from a loop) doesn't lie parallel with the mainline like Parkes, Bromelton, etc.   So I'm guessing that requires more setting up of wagons), even though I'm absolutely certain that SCT has an operating regime to manage all of that.

If trains are late on the E-W things like sequencing of locos, crews and many other support services will be quickly out of whack and that would put a strain on turnrounds etc.   The other thing is that ARTC (thankfully) have been doing quite a lot of work extending loops on the Adelaide - Melbourne section with new signaling installations etc and that may also have an impact.

Even so if their motive power is suffering a higher than normal number of defects affecting performance then that's not something to be fixed overnight.   Their fleet especially the SCT (EMD's) appears to be tightly utilized.  I'm not sure how that compares with Aurizon and PN performance of their fleet used on intermodal services E-W and N-S???
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
SCT could do with giving their locos a bit of a wash.

  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
SCT could do with giving their locos a bit of a wash.
bevans
SCT's fleet is a tad hard pressed these days for no essential 'down time'
  DalyWaters Chief Commissioner

SCT could do with giving their locos a bit of a wash.

bevans
Locos used to get washed.  So did the wagons.

The wash person got made redundant, not needed any more.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Could each even use a fresh coat of paint.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
BK002 and BK001 (as a pair) are today in the Horsham to West Swanston Dock traffic.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
SCT service through Albion on the Up this morning around 9.30 with vans on the front then a mixture of containers (SCT, Woolworths, Aurizon) and a couple of vans on the rear (Barnawatha loading perhaps?)

In the mix were some interesting "containers", bright orange and new looking they might have been side loading boxes with multiple doors? Any idea what they are and what the traffic is?

SCT sure are an impressive operation, long may they continue to grow.

BG
  cuthbert Train Controller

Some modified locos coming out of Cardiff on Thursday mornings over the next few weeks to attach to the BM services at BMD.
  Jack Le Lievre Junior Train Controller

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
G'day All,

7MP9 led by SCT011, SCT015 & CSR008 was through Gheringhap at 15:10 E.D.T. 58mins behind.

Regards,

Jack




  Jack Le Lievre Junior Train Controller

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
G'day All,

7MP9 led by SCT011, SCT015 & CSR008 was through Gheringhap at 15:10 E.D.T. 58mins behind.

Regards,

Jack



Jack Le Lievre
G'day All,

Please find a link below to some of the photos I took of 7MP9;

7MP9 (Saturday 10th of February 2018).



And a correction on how late they were running it was 48mins, not 58mins, sorry.

Regards,

Jack
  Jack Le Lievre Junior Train Controller

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
7MP9 led by SCT009, SCT007 'Geoff (James Bond) Smith' & CSR003 Gheringhap at 16:14 E.D.T.


Regards,

Jack




  Jack Le Lievre Junior Train Controller

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
LDP005 (Progress Rail) & SCT010 around the corner at North Geelong at 09:51 E.D.T.


Jack
  Jack Le Lievre Junior Train Controller

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
7MP9 led by SCT009, SCT007 'Geoff (James Bond) Smith & SCT004 through Gheringhap at 15:30 E.D.T.
Jack
  Jack Le Lievre Junior Train Controller

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
6PM9 led by SCT008, SCT002 & SCT015 haul 6029 in clear on the loop at Elders at 16:39 E.S.T.
6029 is the first C44ACi to be transferred from W.A. following the announcement that Cliff's would be closing their Koolyanobbing Iron Ore Operations earlier than expected. This will happen by the end of 2017 Financial Year.

6PM9 (Monday 9th of April 2018).

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