Port Lincoln notes

 
  sar602 Chief Train Controller

Location: Nomadic truckie
With the transfer of the AHGX fleet to Lincoln what's the plan with the existing HAN HCN fleet peter? What effect will this have on current workings I gather the current single consist is near max length for PL yard so rules out longer trains.

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  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
With the transfer of the AHGX fleet to Lincoln what's the plan with the existing HAN HCN fleet peter? What effect will this have on current workings I gather the current single consist is near max length for PL yard so rules out longer trains.
sar602
Story I heard was big harvest this year, maybe running two trains.

I'm sure our resident expert will fill us in soon enough Smile
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
The AHGXs are to replace the HAN fleet, the HCNs will still be used. No talk of an extra train, just swapping hoppers - the HANs are showing their age and beginning to fail under the load of the longer trains. The HCNs are stronger, having begun life as iron ore hoppers on the North Australia Railway.

Cheers,
Peter
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Are all parts of the narrow gauge network now open for traffic ?
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Grain trains operate from Port Lincoln as far as Kimba and Wudinna, and the gypsum trains run from Kevin to Thevenard. The section between Wudinna and Penong Jn (Ceduna) is used roughly every month for loco swaps between the workshops at Port Lincoln and the gypo base at Thevenard. This section is in very poor condition and not currently fit for loaded trains, even if Viterra wanted them (which they don't). All other lines (Kimba-Buckleboo, Yeelanna-Kapinnie and Kevin-Penong) are closed and/or will never see trains again.
  NR 35 Station Master

Location: south australia
Hello


We were over on the Eyre Peninsula last week and were lucky enough to follow a Grain Train from Rudall to Mt Hill. Here is the video of the train.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yQ4N24vzS4
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
The first of the AHGXs from Whyalla has arrived in Port Lincoln (AHGX 15). Still needs some attention and re-coding to ENHB before going into use.

It's not the first AHGX to run here. In 1992 ten AHGXs came here and ran as ENHB until 2001 when they returned to standard gauge.

For those interested in trivia, the re-coding from AHGX to ENHB does not change the check letter following the vehicle number. Quite a coincidence!

Cheers,
Peter
  sar602 Chief Train Controller

Location: Nomadic truckie
As of yesterday most of the AHGX's are still stored at the southern iron servicing facility at Whyalla, is there plans to repaint them as they enter service? Also noted a lot of rolling stock and derelict 830's and 1604 stored on the east side of Lincoln yard is that all destined for scrap? will the ballast hoppers be kept?
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
I'd be very surprised if the AHGXs are repainted. Then again, their level of graffiti is unlike anything seen here so GWA may not want to give the locals any ideas!

1604 and three 830s have been sold for scrap, and are just waiting for the purchaser to come and cut them up. The ballast hoppers and plough will most likely be scrapped as well. The AKHX wagons will probably survive, as they're useful for storing and moving heavy material around the workshops and yard. None of the grain hoppers will be scrapped (on current plans, anyway).
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

Yes, I know it isn't relevant, but any idea when or how often trains from Whyalla run to the mines (Iron Knob/Baron etc?)

Will be over nearby in a few weeks, and hoping for a chance to view during the afternoons/evenings (well, it is still Eyre Peninsular; and still narrow gauge, just a bit north of Port Lincoln!)
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Yes, I know it isn't relevant, but any idea when or how often trains from Whyalla run to the mines (Iron Knob/Baron etc?)

Will be over nearby in a few weeks, and hoping for a chance to view during the afternoons/evenings (well, it is still Eyre Peninsular; and still narrow gauge, just a bit north of Port Lincoln!)
hbedriver
They run a 24 hour cycle. Haven't been there for a while, but I would expect to see around three return movements in daylight.
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

thanks, Mr Hall; will take my chances then as/if time permits after work.
  sar602 Chief Train Controller

Location: Nomadic truckie
Yes im always surprised at the lack of graffiti on the wagons in Lincoln. Why scrap the ballast hoppers? what if there is another track upgrading program or does GWA have plans to wind it up. last I heard they were after more Gov shekels for further track rehabilitation? sorry for all the questions btw
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Yes im always surprised at the lack of graffiti on the wagons in Lincoln. Why scrap the ballast hoppers? what if there is another track upgrading program or does GWA have plans to wind it up. last I heard they were after more Gov shekels for further track rehabilitation? sorry for all the questions btw
sar602
It might just be that the ballast hoppers are well past their use by dates and if any ballasting needs to be done either GWA brings in some modern SG ones or hires some from SG. As if they can run full size SG hoppers in grain traffic they should be able to do the same for ballast hoppers. Just Sayin though!
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
I believe the intention is to use road trucks and/or hy-rail vehicles to do any ballasting. The recent Ceduna-Kevin upgrade work was done that way.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I believe the intention is to use road trucks and/or hy-rail vehicles to do any ballasting. The recent Ceduna-Kevin upgrade work was done that way.
pjknife
Makes sense sort of as the little they do in the way of ballasting compared to other lines that is it would be a waste of wagons to have them just sitting waiting around all the time. The Quarries that supply the ballast have to truck it out so trucking it a little further will reduce handling of it really. Just truck it to a pile along side a track or truck it in as you need it. Probably the latter.
  NR 35 Station Master

Location: south australia
Hello everyone.

Does anyone know if any Grain Train will be running on the 22nd and 23rd? If so where are they going? Thanks to anyone who has any infomation which can help!

Matt
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Hello everyone.

Does anyone know if any Grain Train will be running on the 22nd and 23rd? If so where are they going? Thanks to anyone who has any infomation which can help!

Matt
NR 35

Quite a few runs have been cancelled lately due to the high temperatures (including today), so there's no guarantee that any scheduled working will actually run. I don't know the actual plans for the week, but if they run, it's more likely to be Cummins and back twice in a day. The pattern begins with an 8:30 am departure from Port Lincoln to wherever, and take it from there.
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
I'm pleasantly surprised, but the first of the AHGXs to come to Port Lincoln this year has been repainted into GWA orange. It looks stunning, with yellow roof, black undergear and GWA logo. Currently held inside until its test run, which is likely to be around the end of the month. Also interesting is the fact that it is still coded AHGX. The last time a group of these vehicles were here they carried the ENHB code while on n.g.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Great - Love to see a photo in due course!!!
  NR 35 Station Master

Location: south australia
Hello everyone.

Does anyone know if any Grain Train will be running on the 22nd and 23rd? If so where are they going? Thanks to anyone who has any infomation which can help!

Matt

Quite a few runs have been cancelled lately due to the high temperatures (including today), so there's no guarantee that any scheduled working will actually run. I don't know the actual plans for the week, but if they run, it's more likely to be Cummins and back twice in a day. The pattern begins with an 8:30 am departure from Port Lincoln to wherever, and take it from there.
pjknife
Thank you Mate!
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Narrow gauge AHGX 15 was enjoying the sunshine at Port Lincoln today. Photo taken with permission.

  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Looks pretty good, thanks for sharing
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
AHGX 15 went for a test run to Cummins yesterday. It trailed #5AE1 out of Port Lincoln, and here it is on arrival at Cummins before being shunted to the Bunker Siding overhead loading bins.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Looks good

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