Mildura Standard Gauge conversion

 
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
8110 sitting in the loop at Donald at the moment.

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  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
8110 sitting in the loop at Donald at the moment.
Donald
Driver training perhaps.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Where are locomotives 8044, 852 and 4836 and their ballast rake working at the moment ?
GML10 and 8030 (?) and ballast train were distributing ballast between Elmhurst and Amphitheatre today (12/02).
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

The other ballast train was at Emu Loop the other day. Heading Northwest last time I heard.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Is ballast being loaded further North, or do they go back to Avoca to get refilled?
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

No, not loading at Avoca as far as I am aware. It would take too long.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Is ballast being loaded further North, or do they go back to Avoca to get refilled?
mikesyd
There Is a ballast pile near Eversley.

The SG rail out of Maryborough (towards Dunolly) was very dull looking today.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Where are locomotives 8044, 852 and 4836 and their ballast rake working at the moment ?
GML10 and 8030 (?) and ballast train were distributing ballast between Elmhurst and Amphitheatre today (12/02).
Nightfire

8110 is just south of Donald.

GML10 and friends are just west of Ampitheatre.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Ok, well other, than quoting Arthur Daley, just happened to find this on YouTube.

Nice drone footage of a couple of train movements with the Fruitie, at Manangatang.

Excellent footage of what roads are there, for reference after, the conversion and or re-arrangement of the tracks.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdQuKZUm2Mw

Thanks to Pocalix for posting the clip, you could record as much of the action, you can, would be appreciated.

It's quite a long leash up of containers, suppose they are all empty, after coming from Melbourne, other wise H1 would be snorting the coal out, the smoke stack.

BigShunter.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Work started today on the Graincorp siding at Donald.
Looks like a complete redo with all the sleepers pulled up and a roller starting the surface as flat.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Good to see a siding getting converted.  What about the intermodal area and hardstand?
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Good to see a siding getting converted.  What about the intermodal area and hardstand?
x31
Done.   Donald only lost two lines at the station, track 2 and the silo loop.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

I get the impression that Donald and Birchip will open before Yelta/Murrayville do.  Perhaps the Mildura Fruity will load at Piangil after Manangatang is shut for conversion on 11th March?
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
How much grain is ready to go in the Donakd/Birchip area?
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

How much grain is ready to go in the Donakd/Birchip area?
james.au
Heaps.  But not as much as last year (primarily due to frost damage).
  cbinyon Train Controller

Location: London, England
Would Wakefield's actually move across even further east to Piangil? How much further away is it from Manangatang?
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Would Wakefield's actually move across even further east to Piangil? How much further away is it from Manangatang?
cbinyon

There was a period of about a couple of weeks back in the FA era when the Merbein was diverted to Piangil due to a derailment shutting the Mildura line (from memory G516 and G534 were the two involved in that derailment). They all ran during the night though.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
IIRC there was a temporary hardstand built at Manangatang for the temporary loading there.  If they move their loading point, they'd need an appropriate hardstand.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Would Wakefield's actually move across even further east to Piangil? How much further away is it from Manangatang?
cbinyon
It's just 45km further East.  I think the fact they would have to make some changes to the Piangil site wouldn't make it worth the hassle in the end...
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Would Wakefield's actually move across even further east to Piangil? How much further away is it from Manangatang?
cbinyon

Perhaps a simple Google map search would inform you...

M.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

PN SG empty grain train is at Ararat and about to run to Birchip I believe.

Rumours that State Govt big wigs will be present in Ararat this morning too.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
What sorta big wigs?  Jacinta Allens twitter has her in Bendigo this morning, so not her.
  Inland_Sailor Junior Train Controller
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Photos on the first revenue train to Birchip on my Flikr site -    https://www.flickr.com/photos/157974469@N03/
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Another major milestone in the Murray Basin Rail Project was reached when the first revenue train ran over the line from Ararat to Maryborough, that being 9147 empty grain from Dimboola to Birchip AWB, powered by Pacific National's G523, 8110 and 8164. With me being at work however, I wasn't able to see it in person; these scenes being filmed by my dad. Fingers crossed I'll be able to get the loaded train when it returns.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPoimuooRPQ&feature=youtu.be

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