Mildura standard gauge sightings thread

 
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
@Greensleeves you mentioned on another thread somewhere (I cant find it now) that the Fruities were more frequenet (3pw up from 2pw) and longer.  I am wondering why this is.

There are a few options
  • Seasonal increase
  • Pent up production being shipped post conversion
  • Natural increase from the region, or
  • Mode shift to rail

Thoughts anyone?
james.au

The BG ones used to run three times a week before the conversion started (and when going to Manangatang) but I don't know the reason for the increased length. It'll get longer again when the Donald pea loading comes back.

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  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
For anyone interested, here's the video of 7901V yesterday with a train length of 1,200 metres. I'm reliably told that it'll be running again tomorrow, with the path requested for a 1,200 metre train.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSMpoT1JRZY
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks for posting Greensleeves.
Is this track supposedly complete?
Noted the pile of rail anchors at the 258 km post (2'30" in the video) and there appears none in the track around there. ???
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
The fruity was once a daily service each way.
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
And quite a bit shorter too IIRC Freightgate
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
As for the dog spikes, they're in the sleepers on the closest rail and bolts in the other side on the rail that was moved in
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I was referring to rail anchors which are fastened to the bottom flange of the rail against the sleeper to prevent longitudinal rail movement.
Only used in timber sleeper track as the fastenings usually used there (dogspikes) are insufficient to prevent rail creep.
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Ah, it looked like they were still being used but I could be mistaken
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Ah, it looked like they were still being used but I could be mistaken
Greensleeves
Thanks Greensleeves.
The rail anchors may (should?) be used just that I couldn't see any just there other than in the heap.
Thanks for the brilliant videos - keep them coming, please. Smile
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Todays train meanwhile is rolling into Maryborough now. BL27, X48 and BL28.
  Andrewdr Locomotive Fireman

For anyone interested, here's the video of 7901V yesterday with a train length of 1,200 metres. I'm reliably told that it'll be running again tomorrow, with the path requested for a 1,200 metre train.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSMpoT1JRZY
Greensleeves
Greensleaves, from Goldsborough, is the Bealiba Bank towards Bealiba or back towards Dunolly? Any guidance appreciated
Thanks Andrew
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
For anyone interested, here's the video of 7901V yesterday with a train length of 1,200 metres. I'm reliably told that it'll be running again tomorrow, with the path requested for a 1,200 metre train.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSMpoT1JRZY
Greensleaves, from Goldsborough, is the Bealiba Bank towards Bealiba or back towards Dunolly? Any guidance appreciated
Thanks Andrew
Andrewdr

Goes in both directions. I can't remember what it is on the down (towards Bealiba) but it's 1 in 52 on the up. I was set up near the crest of it.
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Video of todays' 7901V is now up as well. They had a good speed up at Havelock and Carapooee.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbiB3QPVMcg
  Andrewdr Locomotive Fireman

For anyone interested, here's the video of 7901V yesterday with a train length of 1,200 metres. I'm reliably told that it'll be running again tomorrow, with the path requested for a 1,200 metre train.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSMpoT1JRZY
Greensleaves, from Goldsborough, is the Bealiba Bank towards Bealiba or back towards Dunolly? Any guidance appreciated
Thanks Andrew

Goes in both directions. I can't remember what it is on the down (towards Bealiba) but it's 1 in 52 on the up. I was set up near the crest of it.
Greensleeves
It is the location of the crest that I am interested in. Is it towards Dunolly from Goldsborough or towards Bealiba? Thanks
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
For anyone interested, here's the video of 7901V yesterday with a train length of 1,200 metres. I'm reliably told that it'll be running again tomorrow, with the path requested for a 1,200 metre train.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSMpoT1JRZY
Greensleaves, from Goldsborough, is the Bealiba Bank towards Bealiba or back towards Dunolly? Any guidance appreciated
Thanks Andrew

Goes in both directions. I can't remember what it is on the down (towards Bealiba) but it's 1 in 52 on the up. I was set up near the crest of it.
It is the location of the crest that I am interested in. Is it towards Dunolly from Goldsborough or towards Bealiba? Thanks
Andrewdr
It's on the Bealiba side of Goldsborough.

  Andrewdr Locomotive Fireman

For anyone interested, here's the video of 7901V yesterday with a train length of 1,200 metres. I'm reliably told that it'll be running again tomorrow, with the path requested for a 1,200 metre train.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSMpoT1JRZY
Greensleaves, from Goldsborough, is the Bealiba Bank towards Bealiba or back towards Dunolly? Any guidance appreciated
Thanks Andrew

Goes in both directions. I can't remember what it is on the down (towards Bealiba) but it's 1 in 52 on the up. I was set up near the crest of it.
It is the location of the crest that I am interested in. Is it towards Dunolly from Goldsborough or towards Bealiba? Thanks
It's on the Bealiba side of Goldsborough.

Greensleeves
Perfik - many thanks Smile I will bring the van over later and set up camp
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
For anyone interested, here's the video of 7901V yesterday with a train length of 1,200 metres. I'm reliably told that it'll be running again tomorrow, with the path requested for a 1,200 metre train.
Greensleaves, from Goldsborough, is the Bealiba Bank towards Bealiba or back towards Dunolly? Any guidance appreciated
Thanks Andrew

Goes in both directions. I can't remember what it is on the down (towards Bealiba) but it's 1 in 52 on the up. I was set up near the crest of it.
It is the location of the crest that I am interested in. Is it towards Dunolly from Goldsborough or towards Bealiba? Thanks
It's on the Bealiba side of Goldsborough.
Perfik - many thanks Smile I will bring the van over later and set up camp
Andrewdr
Don't forget to take a shovel and metal detector (on account of what was found nearby 149 years ago) to help you fill in the time. Though Greensleeves has been there so often he has probably scoured the area well by now.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Don't forget to take a shovel and metal detector (on account of what was found nearby 149 years ago) to help you fill in the time. Though Greensleeves has been there so often he has probably scoured the area well by now.
mikesyd
I think if Greensleeves found much he would either not be making train videos, as he would be on a tropical island somewhere, or would be flooding the site with train videos as he could make his hobby his full time occupation Wink
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Don't forget to take a shovel and metal detector (on account of what was found nearby 149 years ago) to help you fill in the time. Though Greensleeves has been there so often he has probably scoured the area well by now.
I think if Greensleeves found much he would either not be making train videos, as he would be on a tropical island somewhere, or would be flooding the site with train videos as he could make his hobby his full time occupation Wink
james.au
Some would probably argue that I flood the videos as it is
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Don't forget to take a shovel and metal detector (on account of what was found nearby 149 years ago) to help you fill in the time. Though Greensleeves has been there so often he has probably scoured the area well by now.
I think if Greensleeves found much he would either not be making train videos, as he would be on a tropical island somewhere, or would be flooding the site with train videos as he could make his hobby his full time occupation Wink
Some would probably argue that I flood the videos as it is
Greensleeves
Not me - these are the historical record of today for tomorrow.Smile
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
The fruity is 60 wagons today coming into Melbourne via buncam https://www.railpage.com.au/railcams/bunbury-street/photo/43189371721
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
A nice clip, here of the Fruity, for those who don't stalk YouTube, the Fruity is currently running 3 times a week and still hauling 60 wagons, that is one long train and one heck of a lot of produce. Excellent to see.

Thanks to Graeme for the footage and info.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWB8QJlpgoQ&feature=push-u&attr_tag=OePh1w2wxcA-rJHT-6

BigShunter.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Whats the chances of additional services?
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Whats the chances of additional services?
james.au
Normally it's simple supply and demand - If they are running 3 x 60 wagon services and that is max train length then when there is enough extra demand for a 4th train then it will be run, in the mean time an Integrated Logistics company would just put the rest on the road.

However of course we know that there are likely to be other constraints such as paths (with the speed restrictions is it a 2 day turnaround to run a train out to Yelta and back?), rolling stock and motive power availability etc.

And the slower the speed, the longer the trip, the more crewing, motive power and rolling stock resources are tied up running each service.

BG
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic

However of course we know that there are likely to be other constraints such as paths (with the speed restrictions is it a 2 day turnaround to run a train out to Yelta and back?), rolling stock and motive power availability etc.

BG
BrentonGolding
The Rolling Stock and Motive Power aren't a problem, as was evident earlier in the year, they were running Two Consists, yet I believe that the cost of crewing was high, due to the fact that they were using at least Four if not Five crew (Eight or Ten Drivers) in each direction. Yet they were running DOO between Appleton Dock and Ararat for a number trips.

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