Toolamba - Echuca line reopening

 
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
A79 with A79 at the tail left Shepparton about 15.15 today. At 16.00 they were at Mooroopna, with A79 collecting the containers from the Patricks yard. I guess they'll head up to Echuca and down through Bendigo later tonight.

Cheers

Rick

EDIT: Doh! A79 leading, A73 at the tail....

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  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
not sure A79 can be on both ends?
  sshannon_au Beginner

Location: Echuca, Australia
Saw it come through at Echuca Racecourse at about 7:30ish... had a A79 on the front and back. Going quite slow.. 20km/h I'd reckon..
Had a few containers on it with a few for more containers..

Can anyone advise when the next train could be coming through the line? I would like to get some video footage of it..

Shannon
  Carnot Minister for Railways

It came through Bendigo Station at 2146 with A73 leading the double header with A79.  It stopped in the Kangaroo Flat loop and departed for the slog up Big Hill at 2200.  Quite a lot of the containers are refrigerated.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
Heard the departure from home. Sounded good too.  8)
  sshannon_au Beginner

Location: Echuca, Australia
It came through Bendigo Station at 2146 with A73 leading the double header with A79.  It stopped in the Kangaroo Flat loop and departed for the slog up Big Hill at 2200.  Quite a lot of the containers are refrigerated.
"Carnot"

Sorry I mean't a A73... Indeed there were alot refrigerated containers on there, but a closer inspection, none of them were running I think because the fans weren't spinning.
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
It came through Bendigo Station at 2146 with A73 leading the double header with A79.  It stopped in the Kangaroo Flat loop and departed for the slog up Big Hill at 2200.  Quite a lot of the containers are refrigerated.
"Carnot"

Sorry I mean't a A73... Indeed there were alot refrigerated containers on there, but a closer inspection, none of them were running I think because the fans weren't spinning.
"sshannon_au"

I believe most of the Victorian intrastate freight container freights only carry empty containers on the down trip (from the Port of Melbourne to Warrnambool / Mildura / Tocumwal) then take the containers loaded with exports back to the port.

I think some refrigerated containers are just used to keep the contents insulated from the outside, not actually cold?
  ParkesHub Chief Commissioner

.....but a closer inspection, none of them were running I think because the fans weren't spinning.
"sshannon_au"


Well spotted but reefers don't necessarily need fans running to maintain the contents at the required temp.

(I sent a container of frozen beef to Perth once from Sydney with no power and it was still frozen at the other end....not intentionally though!)

Edit: If it's fruit, it would run at something above +3C. They may hook it up to ship's power once loaded on board at the port to keep it at a constant temp.

Now, back on topic!
  sshannon_au Beginner

Location: Echuca, Australia
Freight train just came through at about 8:25 at Echuca Racecourse, heading for Echuca
  J-C Chief Commissioner

Location: Victoria
Freight train just came through at about 8:25 at Echuca Racecourse, heading for Echuca
"sshannon_au"


Arrived Bendigo station at 2233 departed 2236. Some of the containers had there fans operating.
  LLVR Chief Train Controller

Location: 303.3
Had A 71 running push pull with G573? (could be wrong) A leading into Echuca where G ran around and led to Bendigo.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Some traffic northbound through Bendigo heading to Echuca.



--Bill
  ethansx49 Chief Train Controller

Location: Warrnambool
Had A 71 running push pull with G573? (could be wrong) A leading into Echuca where G ran around and led to Bendigo.
"LLVR"

Would think that would be G 527 as there is no G 573  Wink
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Had A 71 running push pull with G573? (could be wrong) A leading into Echuca where G ran around and led to Bendigo.
"LLVR"

Would think that would be G 527 as there is no G 573  Wink
"ethansx49"


I think it'd nearly be worthwhile stationing a small loco (like a T or P) up at Echuca during the diversions so the down trains could pull up in Echuca, the T/P plonks on the other end to lead to Toolamba, then the train locos continue to Tocumwal, and when returning on the up, the train pulls up in Toolamba, the T/P is attatched and then pilots the train back to Echuca. This would save a fair bit of time wouldn't it, or am I missing something (like does this involve common sense)?
  SteamtoStay Chief Commissioner

Location: Building floorplates
It would require having a secure compound in which to safely store the locomotive (depending on whether you want to risk it being vandalised or not), as well as a road tanker driving up to it every few days for refuelling.
  LLVR Chief Train Controller

Location: 303.3
There is a compound there that they stable the Sprinters in not sure if it is 2 roads thou?
Is there a fueling point there on the down side of the station?
  sshannon_au Beginner

Location: Echuca, Australia
There is a compound there that they stable the Sprinters in not sure if it is 2 roads thou?
Is there a fueling point there on the down side of the station?
"LLVR"

They have a 1 track compound at Echuca, where they store the VLocity overnight for its trip back up to Bendigo. Only cleaning & washing facilities  there, no refueling I believe..
  beanzs27 Assistant Commissioner

does anyone know of as roughed timetable of when the train from Tocumwal passes through Toolamba, Echuca and Bendigo?

is it a daily occurence?
or does it take one trip to get from tocumwal to melbourne on one day and then come back the next night, similair to the Merbein freight
  AclassGunzel Deputy Commissioner

I wonder if Pacific National would be nice enough to give you the times if you called them. They are usually quite friendly and you never know you're luck!
  Polar Tiger Chief Commissioner

Location: FL390
9006 up Tocumwal freight Mon/Wed/Fri:

Tocumwal dep 1400

Toolamba arr 1635
             dep 1645

Echuca arr 1945
         dep 2015

Bendigo arr 2150
          dep 2155


The diversion ends on April 7.
  sshannon_au Beginner

Location: Echuca, Australia
9006 up Tocumwal freight Mon/Wed/Fri:

Echuca arr 1945
         dep 2015



The diversion ends on April 7.
"Polar Tiger"


Arrive at Echuca @ 1945? The train is just going past at Echuca Racecourse now at its 2022... must be running late or something.
  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Left Mooroopna around 17.25.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Guess it was late. At 16:50 I drove from Tatura to Toolamba expecting to see it somewhere, but no sign....

Anybody know the down times?

Thanks

Rick
  tainted Missing Link

Location: Shepparton, Vic
The freights from Toc cross New Dookie Rd at around the 4:30pm mark when running, give or take around 15 mins, only noticed it once past 5pm. These times still seem consistent.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
The freights from Toc cross New Dookie Rd at around the 4:30pm mark when running, give or take around 15 mins, only noticed it once past 5pm. These times still seem consistent.
"tainted"


Thanks for that. I'll loop back towards Shep tomorrow.

Rick

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