ARG/QR Locos and movements

 
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
The ALZ as still in the scrap yard. Drove past today.
DBclass
Pity really as all of G&WA's AL's are still operational

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  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
Not sure what J and P's ideas for them are, but they hauled them 160 odd km to Picton so . . I presume spare parts or resale other wise why not cut up on the spot or not bid on them at all and let a Perth based scrapper do the work.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

I am in Leonora at the moment, and noticed a Q class working the town sidings - it was on the Kalgoorlie end of a rake of cement wagons with the container wagons at the Leinster end of the sidings being worked with a container forklift. I also saw Q4015 and DC2205 at the Malcolm Rail Head sidings with the container wagons and gas tankers.

Would the one train have supplied both sidings today, or is it two trains to this part of the world? I didn't catch the number of the Q class in Leonora, and the Malcolm visit was on a return trip from Laverton around three hours later. The Q class in Leonora was facing south, and the Q class in Malcolm was facing north with the DC behind it.

Just trying to figure out the normal train movements up here, as i have not really stopped in town previously (have always just shot through as fast as possible usually!).

Cheers,

Matt
  xcut Beginner

Been a while since I been out to Leonora, so unless something has changed, normally there would be two trains, one to Malcolm and the other Leonora. Those cement wagons would be nickel concentrate wagons not cement wagons.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Thanks for the information xcut, much appreciated. I headed south again on Saturday and passed the northbound Malcolm train (green containers for Murrin Murrin and gas tankers) just south of Menzies with Q4015 and DC2205 on the lead again.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Just a quick query on the DBZ class in Forrestfield - another forum is reporting that they have been sold to either CBH or Watco (ten locomotives for $2 million total in as-is, where-is condition). Is there any further information on this from the board here? The information states that they will be used to begin with on grain shuttles from the Albany zone to Kwinana port due to the Albany zone harvest being larger than the port can throughput.

Cheers,

Matt
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Does sound a logical acquisition for CBH/Watco to pursue.   The DBZ in their original classification worked the Great Southern quite extensively and I'd assume would be able to access Hyden and Newdegate as well.
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
I thought it strange that they bought the D class ex Tasmania when there is a fleet of for sale locomotives in WA ready to go. I wasn’t sure of the conditions of sale though. Good luck to Watco. I hope they pickup what Aurizon dropped and kill the pig.

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