Grain Harvest 2020-21

 
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

Haven't heard of such, Lockspike, not that really means much and on the harvest front;

Quality outweighs expectations in Wimmera harvest.

High-quality produce and promising yields are early indications of what is to come for farmers during western Victorian grain harvest.
BigShunter
Thanks Shunter. That's good to hear.

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  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Video from a trip to Maryborough and Ballarat on the 28th of November 2020 to follow Pacific National's 9156 Manangatang to North Geelong loaded grain with the pairing of two Freight Australia liveried G Classes, G528 and G543. The train is first seen awaiting a new crew at the imposing Maryborough station before departing, and is seen again at Clunes, Tourello and then on the climb of Warrenheip.

Then, being in the area and with the original route of the Ballarat line through Bungaree and Wallace soon to be closed, we see a couple of Vlocities at Dunnstown at the western end of the Bungaree Loop.

Trains seen in order are:
9156- G528 and G543



https://youtu.be/3T6AWNeRUH8
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville

I read that SSR had acquired more BG wagons and will run bigger grainys with 3 x S class locos.
A number of BGKFs will be donated from SSR's SG rakes and transferred to BG.
bingley hall

2 x BGKF were added to the SSR BG fleet earlier in the week in Bendigo, and 10 SG BGKFs arrived from NSW at McIntyre loop this arvo for eventual transfer to BG.
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
SSR grainy that loaded at Woorinen failed at Swan Hill today. 2 X T class rescuing it. This load is reportedly for Emerald.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Yeah, S312 didn't like the hot weather yesterday in the Mallee.

Still got back to Appleton Dock at the scheduled time with quadheader T-T-S-S.
  ADB Junior Train Controller

Question re SSR grain. Am I correct in saying that SSR are sharing the Emerald grain contract with PN (Qube having lost the contract) and this is in addition to the regular Kensington grain train? Hence SSR acquired S311 recently? Or am I barking up the wrong tree, here?

Nothing against SSR, but if they are looking to run "a bigger rake with three S-class" AND the Kensington rake (B and S) there doesn't seem much slack for the unexpected?
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
AgLife: Harvest casuals hard at work.

The Wimmera and southern Mallee grain harvest period is providing a prime opportunity for young people and backpackers to make a reasonable earning during spring and summer.  

Commercial grain company Shannon Bros, which operates grain receival sites at Beulah and Horsham, has employed more than 30 casual staff to help with harvest.  

The company is among many in the region to employ casual staff to meet demand for what has been predicted to be a strong harvest.


https://www.theweeklyadvertiser.com.au/articles/aglife-harvest-casuals-hard-at-work/?section=1104


Plant-based café for Rupanyup – the ‘pulse capital’


The first entirely plant-based café to open in the Wimmera is making its mark on a small rural community.  

Rupanyup’s Tully Gordon transformed her Cromie Street shop into a solely plant-based café called The Kindness Kitchen.

The café-gallery, opened in early October, will be the only 100-percent vegan cafe between Melbourne and Adelaide, located in the ‘pulse capital’ of Victoria.

Ms Gordon said she was unsure what to expect when opening her doors, but she had since seen more than 500 visitors in just four weeks.

https://www.theweeklyadvertiser.com.au/articles/plant-based-cafe-for-rupanyup-the-pulse-capital/?section=1104

Thanks to the Wimmera Advertiser for the links.

BigShunter.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Question re SSR grain. Am I correct in saying that SSR are sharing the Emerald grain contract with PN (Qube having lost the contract) and this is in addition to the regular Kensington grain train? Hence SSR acquired S311 recently? Or am I barking up the wrong tree, here?

Nothing against SSR, but if they are looking to run "a bigger rake with three S-class" AND the Kensington rake (B and S) there doesn't seem much slack for the unexpected?
"ADB"


Yep.  Correct.  The hills will echo with the roar of vintage EMD locos.  

10 BGKF SG wagons were just transferred to McIntyre Loop on Saturday from NSW and will go on a truck to Bendigo Workshops for gauge conversion.  Exciting times for the Irish Gauge.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
10 BGKF SG wagons were just transferred to McIntyre Loop on Saturday from NSW and will go on a truck to Bendigo Workshops for gauge conversion.  Exciting times for the Irish Gauge.
Carnot
Yet more cost imposed on operators by the failure of the Murray Basin project...

Soveriegn risk anyone?
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
10 BGKF SG wagons were just transferred to McIntyre Loop on Saturday from NSW and will go on a truck to Bendigo Workshops for gauge conversion.  Exciting times for the Irish Gauge.
Yet more cost imposed on operators by the failure of the Murray Basin project...

Soveriegn risk anyone?
james.au

It is a real shame that rail has to complete against shameful management of projects at a Government level.

Lack of SG at Bendigo why can't the work be completed at the Dynon facility?
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I'm more surprised that it wouldn't be done at the facility at McIntyre itself. Gauge converting wagons has been done there recently, for instance the wagons QUBE are currently using on their quarry service were converted there.

I would've thought the heavy road haulage of all of those wagons to Bendigo would be cost prohibitive.
  ADB Junior Train Controller

Question re SSR grain. Am I correct in saying that SSR are sharing the Emerald grain contract with PN (Qube having lost the contract) and this is in addition to the regular Kensington grain train? Hence SSR acquired S311 recently? Or am I barking up the wrong tree, here?

Nothing against SSR, but if they are looking to run "a bigger rake with three S-class" AND the Kensington rake (B and S) there doesn't seem much slack for the unexpected?


Yep.  Correct.  The hills will echo with the roar of vintage EMD locos.  

Carnot
Cheers. So what about the bit about there not being much slack for the unexpected? Will SSR be running any additional locos on BG, apart from P and T class?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I'm more surprised that it wouldn't be done at the facility at McIntyre itself. Gauge converting wagons has been done there recently, for instance the wagons QUBE are currently using on their quarry service were converted there.

I would've thought the heavy road haulage of all of those wagons to Bendigo would be cost prohibitive.
Gman_86

It will be done at BRW. The SSR BGKFs need other mods.

The QUBE bogie exchange was a straight swap.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Cheers. So what about the bit about there not being much slack for the unexpected? Will SSR be running any additional locos on BG, apart from P and T class?
ADB

Rest easy - the Kenso train and the Emerald train won't run on the same days. Plenty of motive power, just might get a bit tight when MTM work trains are happening at the same time, which is usually only at weekends.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

ABARE report is out.  https://www.stockandland.com.au/story/7034911/farmers-tipped-to-harvest-a-near-record-515-million-tonnes-of-grain/?cs=4598

9.3 million tonnes in Victoria alone.  Will need trains.  Lots of trains.

Note very carefully the NSW report: https://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/research-topics/agricultural-outlook/australian-crop-report/new-south-wales

A forecast of 748 kT of rice!!!  Gee the Deni rice will be busy from May 2021!
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Before anyone goes crazy, that is not 515 million in the link, it is 51.5 million.  web addresses cannot use dots past the .com.au!

Awesome result if it comes off.  Will be drawing a lot of dollars back into regional communities across the board.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Have just got around to getting this figure.

Total GrainCorp receivals in Victoria up to 30 November - 1.45 million tonnes.

graincorp.com.au
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Have just got around to getting this figure.

Total GrainCorp receivals in Victoria up to 30 November - 1.45 million tonnes.

graincorp.com.au
james.au
Pretty decent, especially given the propensity for on-farm storage these days.  Even North of Manangatang and around Ouyen they've just managed to strip about half of the wheat crop so far.

Crops have been average around Quambatook, and many farmers have finished harvest there for the season.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
A forecast of 748 kT of rice!!!  Gee the Deni rice will be busy from May 2021!
Carnot
Agree Carnot, so what is the state of play with the rice train atm. Is it running or is there a current contract with someone to run
it ?

The Toolamba line, I take it will need a good freshen up, seems pathing on the Bendigo line is getting increasingly tight. With a heap of rice trains for what is going to be probably the next 12 months, Toolamba must be the only option. Probably plenty of cereal grain as well from the region.

Harvest time is going to be an interesting spectacle.

BigShunter.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

A forecast of 748 kT of rice!!!  Gee the Deni rice will be busy from May 2021!
Agree Carnot, so what is the state of play with the rice train atm. Is it running or is there a current contract with someone to run
it ?

The Toolamba line, I take it will need a good freshen up, seems pathing on the Bendigo line is getting increasingly tight. With a heap of rice trains for what is going to be probably the next 12 months, Toolamba must be the only option. Probably plenty of cereal grain as well from the region.

Harvest time is going to be an interesting spectacle.

BigShunter.
BigShunter
Qube is the obvious contender to continue SunRice traffic.  The question is whether the Govt are willing to reopen the Toolamba line?  But then paths will get tighter as upgrade work is done on the Shepp line in 2021 too.

8 years ago Down trains would go through Bendigo around 8:55, and Up return at 20:40.  Like clockwork, and it meant no problem with a quick turnaround at the Port.

In more recent years Down trains would sometimes stable in Bendigo between 7:10 and 8:55, and Up return at 22:00 due to new V/line services - much tougher to do the daily run.  Something's going to have to be worked out, since Echuca will have more trains running on it in late-2021.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Only commenting on it as the noise from the half baked MBRP was that only one train per branch could run at a time. I doubted that heavily myself back then. The proof is in the pudding, they can make it work if ran efficiently using what's available.
cbinyon

Point of Order: Smile

The proof was never in the pudding.

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/proof-of-the-pudding-is-in-the-eating

Mike.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

TSRs seem to be spreading like a virus in Vic atm.  Sea Lake and Manangatang lines are a real disgrace with long stretches of 20-25 km/h restrictions now.  We are talking 4 hrs to do the 80km from Korong Vale to Lalbert.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Well harvest in the Wimmera ramping up with the run up to Christmas, middle daughter travelled to Nhill late yesterday arriving at about 20:00 and every paddock had headers going full bore, highway chockers with truck as were the grain receival terminals, this morning driving to Horsham the same action jackson everywhere.

GrainFlow has been opening till 22:00 in the evening so obviously getting plenty in coming grain, so the same could be said right across the Wimmera. Thought this was great picture of the harvest from the Ouyen area, very nice looking crops too.

https://www.facebook.com/ABCRural/photos/a.389543157634/10158095407717635/?type=3&theater

ABC Rural facebook page.

BigShunter.
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
TSRs seem to be spreading like a virus in Vic atm.  Sea Lake and Manangatang lines are a real disgrace with long stretches of 20-25 km/h restrictions now.  We are talking 4 hrs to do the 80km from Korong Vale to Lalbert.
Carnot
This harvest is going to degrade the track even further. Can Vline not manage any kind of emergency on the run maintain to assist it? I am truly concerned the track may get that bad it gets booked out of service.

Thanks to Graeme for filming - See latest state of the tracks on the BG.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wqf487-kPk
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
TSRs seem to be spreading like a virus in Vic atm.  Sea Lake and Manangatang lines are a real disgrace with long stretches of 20-25 km/h restrictions now.  We are talking 4 hrs to do the 80km from Korong Vale to Lalbert.
This harvest is going to degrade the track even further. Can Vline not manage any kind of emergency on the run maintain to assist it? I am truly concerned the track may get that bad it gets booked out of service.

Thanks to Graeme for filming - See latest state of the tracks on the BG.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wqf487-kPk
cbinyon
' ..... Vline manage ......' Smile
Probably waiting (hoping?) for a derailment to provide an excuse to walk away from the line and its traffic - 'safety is our first priority!'.

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