GWA Grain Trains

 
  class400railcar Junior Train Controller

Location: On The Overland
G'day

Now I'm sure this has probably been covered before, however having looked through old threads and other places, I haven't found a GWA timetable or rough schedule of their grain services heading out of Adelaide on the South Line.

I was wondering if anybody could direct me to a previous thread covering this or if they could post any rough schedules or even just a rough hour when they normally pass, as I am aware that they aren't well timetabled.

Any information would be a great help

Thanks

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  alcoworldseries Deputy Commissioner

Location: Auburn
All of GWA's grain trains are now Ad Hoc so they have no defined timetable and are normally scheduled on a day to day basis dependent on load out requirements, sorry not much help but these services are very erratic.

G'day

Now I'm sure this has probably been covered before, however having looked through old threads and other places, I haven't found a GWA timetable or rough schedule of their grain services heading out of Adelaide on the South Line.

I was wondering if anybody could direct me to a previous thread covering this or if they could post any rough schedules or even just a rough hour when they normally pass, as I am aware that they aren't well timetabled.

Any information would be a great help

Thanks
"class400railcar"
  Railnthusiast Chief Commissioner

Location: At the computer
Hi,
The only possibly vaguley "timetabled" grain train that I have noticed to be on a pattern would be the one that frequently comes out of Adelaide and passes Belair on a Saturday morning somewhere between about 11 and 12. Normally after the QR train or there abouts.
  ANDL36Y Train Controller

G'day

Almost every evening there has been a loaded grainy returning to Adelaide but that could be from 8pm onwards until 11pm and beyond, if that's any help...

The past three Saturday nights I have caught a cross at Callington as (typically) the UP grainy waits in the loop for a DOWN PN (7AM5 perhaps?) freighter. The UP grainy then leaves the loop sometime around 7:30-8pm departure. This is worthwhile as if you are on the city end of the Callington loop you get to witness the train from a standing start up the 1 in 45 to Petwood. Thrilling stuff.

However, if you are a train buff of the 'rev head' variety then time may be running out as the 'classic' combos of GM/ALF/CLP/22s etc seem to be becoming a thing of the past, with FQs and GWA/Us now making more regular showings. ConfusedCrying or Very sad

Cheers,
Joshua
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Can the FQ and GWA/U's operate on the branches out of Tailem Bend?
  Railnthusiast Chief Commissioner

Location: At the computer
I'm a "Rev Head" train buff and I LOVE the sound of the engines on a rainy day at one of the tunnels in Belair. Just get some rain jackets, a thermos and a sound recorder.
  alcoworldseries Deputy Commissioner

Location: Auburn
Would suggest with the same restrictions as CLF/CLP/ALF's (and only if desperate) they weigh similar to older big engines.

Can the FQ and GWA/U's operate on the branches out of Tailem Bend?
"VRfan"
  ANDL36Y Train Controller

G'day again,

On Saturday afternoon 14/4/12 around 3pm my younger brother spotted 3x GWU's running south Light Engine. I surmised they'd be fetching a grainy from Tailem Bend, which appears to be the case, as I captured the departure of said UP grainy from Callington loop at around 8pm after a X being hauled by the aftormentioned GWU's. They were all running and towing dead 3x GM's along for the ride. It could be assumed the GM's brought the train in from the Mallee (or elsewhere along the south line for that matter) as the GWU's must be too heavy for the Mallee lines...? If someone could correct me...

Cheers,
Joshua
  class400railcar Junior Train Controller

Location: On The Overland
Thanks all

I'll use this information as best I can and hope to get up close to one of these beauties.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
GWA ran again into North Geelong this week returning west yesterday. Motive power on the return was ALF18+CLF6+CLP17
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
what is it with the GWA operations to Geelong? who are they for?
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
what is it with the GWA operations to Geelong? who are they for?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
what is it with the GWA operations to Geelong? who are they for?
Dangersdan707

SSR have been running barley from Moree to to Geelong for the use in the local breweries.

The GWA moves may be more of the same, or it maybe something else?
  DJPeters Assistant Commissioner

Can the FQ and GWA/U's operate on the branches out of Tailem Bend?
VRfan
I don't think any of the branches are used for grain anymore at Tailem Bend it all gets shipped by road to Tailem Bend and then railed out. Viterra a while back did this using road transport to the bigger storages and closing most small storages.

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