Mildura standard gauge sightings thread

 
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
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.
Jack Le Lievre
I did pose the question a month or so back if the Gov / V/Line were offering compensation in the form of reduced / free path fees to compensate for the above. Someone has to be paying, PN won't be paying for that level of crewing out of the goodness of their hearts!

BG

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
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.
I did pose the question a month or so back if the Gov / V/Line were offering compensation in the form of reduced / free path fees to compensate for the above. Someone has to be paying, PN won't be paying for that level of crewing out of the goodness of their hearts!

BG
BrentonGolding
Nor should they.
  x31 Chief Commissioner
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Yes
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Noticed 8179(?) & G540 loading a grain train at the Donald sub-terminal today.    The first loading from here since conversion?
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Would be the third from Donald Sub, they were up there twice last week with the same locos and 30 hoppers
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
As posted elsewhere, Ouyen is open for business now as well with the first train from there running back south on a daylight path

https://www.flickr.com/photos/greensleeves94/43290490894
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Great get @greensleaves, thanks for sharing.

That's a nice dip in the track near the crest of the hill, looks like it has a TSR on it judging by the NS sign although I'm sure it wasn't needed for that load!

BG
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Great get @greensleaves, thanks for sharing.

That's a nice dip in the track near the crest of the hill, looks like it has a TSR on it judging by the NS sign although I'm sure it wasn't needed for that load!

BG
BrentonGolding

Thanks, the TSR is for the gauge splitters at either end of the yard, there's ones at Maryborough for the same reason.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Thanks, the TSR is for the gauge splitters at either end of the yard, there's ones at Maryborough for the same reason.
Greensleeves
Ah, of course.

How bad is that dip or does it look worse than it is on camera?

Looked like the train was rockin' and rollin' over it a bit.

BG
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Thanks, the TSR is for the gauge splitters at either end of the yard, there's ones at Maryborough for the same reason.
Ah, of course.

How bad is that dip or does it look worse than it is on camera?

Looked like the train was rockin' and rollin' over it a bit.

BG
BrentonGolding

I wasn't actually looking, but didn't hear anything particularly untoward. Suppose with the 15kph TSR for the splitters there things shouldn't be hitting it too hard either way.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks Greensleeves. Impressive as ever.

Interesting that some BGKFs have shedder plates both ends, some only one end and some none at all.
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Thanks Greensleeves. Impressive as ever.

Interesting that some BGKFs have shedder plates both ends, some only one end and some none at all.
YM-Mundrabilla

A left over from their days on the Leigh Creek, apparently they didn't see the need to replace them when damaged out there. I guess removing the rest of them wasn't worth the hassle of doing so.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks Greensleeves. Impressive as ever.

Interesting that some BGKFs have shedder plates both ends, some only one end and some none at all.

A left over from their days on the Leigh Creek, apparently they didn't see the need to replace them when damaged out there. I guess removing the rest of them wasn't worth the hassle of doing so.
Greensleeves
Thanks Greensleeves.
I imagined that that would be the case. Potentially give them best part of another tonne carrying capacity without the plates assuming that there is enough cubic of course?????
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Thanks Greensleeves. Impressive as ever.

Interesting that some BGKFs have shedder plates both ends, some only one end and some none at all.

A left over from their days on the Leigh Creek, apparently they didn't see the need to replace them when damaged out there. I guess removing the rest of them wasn't worth the hassle of doing so.
Thanks Greensleeves.
I imagined that that would be the case. Potentially give them best part of another tonne carrying capacity without the plates assuming that there is enough cubic of course?????
YM-Mundrabilla

Apparently when converted they fit nicely to a 92 tonne grain wagon (from 100 tonnes of coal), so no problem with the cubic capacity. Would expect it'd allow them to carry a bit more grain and stay within a 76 tonne max load though for the Vline network.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
This isnt the thread for it but search is not working for me it seems.  Im wondering what has happened to the 100t grain wagons, ie where they've been sitting since being relocated?
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
This isnt the thread for it but search is not working for me it seems.  Im wondering what has happened to the 100t grain wagons, ie where they've been sitting since being relocated?
james.au

Most are stored at Westmere, and one is at Murtoa
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

James, you might want to try Google:

query site:Railpage.com.au
sometimes works when RP search doesn’t (although it still only works when the relevant page of the thread has been indexed by Google).
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Awesome thanks Pimm.  All im getting when i search is "no threads found"  etc..
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
The fruity went through Geringhap at 11:30 last night and was in Donald by 10 this morning.   10 and a half hours is a lot better than 14 last week.   The speed restriction between Maryborough and Ararat been lifted?
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

The fruity went through Geringhap at 11:30 last night and was in Donald by 10 this morning.   10 and a half hours is a lot better than 14 last week.   The speed restriction between Maryborough and Ararat been lifted?
Donald
Train Order Working has been implemented as of today. Suspect that also means track speed lifted from 25km/h to 40km/h or above. I will be waiting for V/Line to update the public NSP document but someone may have the inside word!
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Refer this thread for more info

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p2114256.htm#2114256
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
A grain train just completed loading at the Donald sub-terminal.   Looks like X48 will be leading 8163 back towards Ararat.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A grain train just completed loading at the Donald sub-terminal.   Looks like X48 will be leading 8163 back towards Ararat.
Donald

So both X48 and X50 are working the Murray Basin SG line.
  Bethungra Train Controller

1 hour delay of the fruity into Melbourne today https://www.railpage.com.au/railcams/bunbury-street/photo/30946290098 anyone know why congestion again?

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