Port Lincoln notes

 
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Hi,

842 and 850 went to Thevenard early last week, with 1601 and 1604 returning to Port Lincoln for workshops attention. That means that at the moment there are three green 830s and one orange NJ at Thevenard, so the chances of getting an all-green Alco consist on the gypo are reasonable at the moment.

1603 (damaged engine at Moule last year) is in the process of having its replacement engine installed, and should be out for road trials soon.

The last few days have seen some interesting lashups on the grain trains out of Port Lincoln. Yesterday 905/906/1203 ran, leaving neither of the usual shunters in town so 1204/859 did the honours. This morning, 1601 was the jetty shunter and a quad is running with 905/906/848/1203.

Cheers

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  bobharris2002 Train Controller

Hi,

842 and 850 went to Thevenard early last week, with 1601 and 1604 returning to Port Lincoln for workshops attention. That means that at the moment there are three green 830s and one orange NJ at Thevenard, so the chances of getting an all-green Alco consist on the gypo are reasonable at the momen

1603 (damaged engine at Moule last year) is in the process of having its replacement engine installed, and should be out for road trials soon.

The last few days have seen some interesting lashups on the grain trains out of Port Lincoln. Yesterday 905/906/1203 ran, leaving neither of the usual shunters in town so 1204/859 did the honours. This morning, 1601 was the jetty shunter and a quad is running with 905/906/848/1203.

Cheers
"pjknife"
Isn;t Port Lincoln narrow gauge???????
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Isn;t Port Lincoln narrow gauge???????
"bobharris2002"

Yes. All locos listed are NG locos. Thevenard is NG.
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
1601 and 1604 came back from Thevenard behind 850 late last week. The Thevenard allocation at the moment is 842, 848, 1603 and 1606.

Grain trains began running to the winter schedules yesterday. Times are 12 hours offset from the summer schedule, with trains departing Port Lincoln around 8 pm and midnight each day.

Peter
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Another Thevenard swap has occurred, with 1601 returning to the fray on the gypo and 1606 coming back to Port Lincoln for some TLC. Thevenard currently has 842, 848, 1601 and 1603. Two ENH gypsum hoppers have also come down to the workshops for rebuilding.

1604 has been banished to the rear of the workshops while its engine has some extensive work done on it. Don't expect it back in service for a while.

Viterra have been engaging in a massive grain shipment program recently, and have been using more road trains than usual to keep up with the demand. That, along with an average season last year, means that rail haulage of grain into Port Lincoln will probably cease around the end of June or early July. For now, the winter pattern of services is continuing.

848, 850 and 873 are all scheduled for overhauls and repaints this year.
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
1603 and 848 came down from thevenard during the week, replaced up there by 1606 and 850 it seems.
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
A Port Lincoln expat has come home for a brief visit. HNK 6 was a former SAR HN class ballast/grain hopper at Port Lincoln until 2003, when it and nine of its sisters were modified and sent to Whyalla for iron ore traffic. The side cutouts are to prevent overloading. Several HNKs are to be rotated through the EDI Port Lincoln workshops for modification and return to Whyalla. The photo shows it after arriving in Port Lincoln, appropriately adjacent to the 'visitor' area.



Cheers,
Peter
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

What are the modifications being done?
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
What are the modifications being done?
"duttonbay"


Some strengthening, I believe. These vehicles were built in 1946 as narrow gauge ballast hoppers. Carrying lump iron ore is a very different matter! As I understand it, they were sent to Whyalla to compensate for the loss of some RSK hoppers in the collision on the Iron Baron line.
  futuredriver Junior Train Controller

Location: Victoria
Those wagons seem to be coming into Lincoln by truck, seen one coming into Lincoln Friday last week.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
A Port Lincoln expat has come home for a brief visit. HNK 6 was a former SAR HN class ballast/grain hopper at Port Lincoln until 2003, when it and nine of its sisters were modified and sent to Whyalla for iron ore traffic. The side cutouts are to prevent overloading. Several HNKs are to be rotated through the EDI Port Lincoln workshops for modification and return to Whyalla. The photo shows it after arriving in Port Lincoln, appropriately adjacent to the 'visitor' area.
"pjknife"


The waggons can be transferred between Whyalla and PL by:

A) Road
B) Ship
C) Rail
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
A Port Lincoln expat has come home for a brief visit. HNK 6 was a former SAR HN class ballast/grain hopper at Port Lincoln until 2003, when it and nine of its sisters were modified and sent to Whyalla for iron ore traffic. The side cutouts are to prevent overloading. Several HNKs are to be rotated through the EDI Port Lincoln workshops for modification and return to Whyalla. The photo shows it after arriving in Port Lincoln, appropriately adjacent to the 'visitor' area.
"pjknife"


The waggons can be transferred between Whyalla and PL by:

A) Road
B) Ship
C) Rail
"awsgc24"



Eeeerrrrrrrrr Delete option C ..... There is NO rail connection between Whyalla and Port Lincoln!!!
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
A Port Lincoln expat has come home for a brief visit. HNK 6 was a former SAR HN class ballast/grain hopper at Port Lincoln until 2003, when it and nine of its sisters were modified and sent to Whyalla for iron ore traffic. The side cutouts are to prevent overloading. Several HNKs are to be rotated through the EDI Port Lincoln workshops for modification and return to Whyalla. The photo shows it after arriving in Port Lincoln, appropriately adjacent to the 'visitor' area.
"pjknife"


The waggons can be transferred between Whyalla and PL by:

A) Road
B) Ship
C) Rail
"awsgc24"
Eeeerrrrrrrrr Delete option C ..... There is NO rail connection between Whyalla and Port Lincoln!!!
"Pressman"


Never has been either but it might be a good idea to do it as it would offer some advantages in the long run with a bit of luck.
  nm39 Chief Commissioner

Location: By a road taking pictures
A Port Lincoln expat has come home for a brief visit. HNK 6 was a former SAR HN class ballast/grain hopper at Port Lincoln until 2003, when it and nine of its sisters were modified and sent to Whyalla for iron ore traffic. The side cutouts are to prevent overloading. Several HNKs are to be rotated through the EDI Port Lincoln workshops for modification and return to Whyalla. The photo shows it after arriving in Port Lincoln, appropriately adjacent to the 'visitor' area.
"pjknife"


The waggons can be transferred between Whyalla and PL by:

A) Road
B) Ship
C) Rail
"awsgc24"
Eeeerrrrrrrrr Delete option C ..... There is NO rail connection between Whyalla and Port Lincoln!!!
"Pressman"


Never has been either but it might be a good idea to do it as it would offer some advantages in the long run with a bit of luck.
"David Peters"

In which guage would that be?
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Narrow gauge, if a link was built it would enable better use of both systems at anyone time and also the iron ore could then if it be needed  be shipped out of Pt Lincoln. But this is only a dream though and you know what happens to dreams around here. Also it would enable minerals etc to be sent to Whyalla as well if needed and connect with the SG system here.

Now here would be a good use of that money that was to be spent on the Northern Lines, invest it into building and operating the link between the two systems. The Eyre Peninsular ex SAR track would need  to use this link to be up graded though. More dreams. Rolling EyesRolling Eyes
  ben0 Locomotive Fireman

Location: South Australia
Narrow gauge, if a link was built it would enable better use of both systems at anyone time and also the iron ore could then if it be needed  be shipped out of Pt Lincoln. But this is only a dream though and you know what happens to dreams around here. Also it would enable minerals etc to be sent to Whyalla as well if needed and connect with the SG system here.

Now here would be a good use of that money that was to be spent on the Northern Lines, invest it into building and operating the link between the two systems. The Eyre Peninsular ex SAR track would need  to use this link to be up graded though. More dreams. Rolling EyesRolling Eyes
"David Peters"

Be warned, someone will then want a passenger rail service to Pt. Lincoln... Laughing
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Narrow gauge, if a link was built it would enable better use of both systems at anyone time and also the iron ore could then if it be needed  be shipped out of Pt Lincoln. But this is only a dream though and you know what happens to dreams around here. Also it would enable minerals etc to be sent to Whyalla as well if needed and connect with the SG system here.

Now here would be a good use of that money that was to be spent on the Northern Lines, invest it into building and operating the link between the two systems. The Eyre Peninsular ex SAR track would need  to use this link to be up graded though. More dreams. Rolling EyesRolling Eyes
"David Peters"

Be warned, someone will then want a passenger rail service to Pt. Lincoln... Laughing
"ben0"


You might right with that. ShockedLaughing
  Seldom_21 Junior Train Controller

Location: South Australia
Narrow gauge, if a link was built it would enable better use of both systems at anyone time and also the iron ore could then if it be needed  be shipped out of Pt Lincoln. But this is only a dream though and you know what happens to dreams around here. Also it would enable minerals etc to be sent to Whyalla as well if needed and connect with the SG system here.

Now here would be a good use of that money that was to be spent on the Northern Lines, invest it into building and operating the link between the two systems. The Eyre Peninsular ex SAR track would need  to use this link to be up graded though. More dreams. Rolling EyesRolling Eyes
"David Peters"

Be warned, someone will then want a passenger rail service to Pt. Lincoln... Laughing
"ben0"


Nah wouldn't work, too slow, quicker to drive. Ive concluded that with strath, victor and the rest. Anyway on a freight side of thing a track could be good. Im not too sure how the busy Pt Lincoln port is though?
  nm39 Chief Commissioner

Location: By a road taking pictures
Narrow gauge, if a link was built it would enable better use of both systems at anyone time and also the iron ore could then if it be needed  be shipped out of Pt Lincoln. But this is only a dream though and you know what happens to dreams around here. Also it would enable minerals etc to be sent to Whyalla as well if needed and connect with the SG system here.

Now here would be a good use of that money that was to be spent on the Northern Lines, invest it into building and operating the link between the two systems. The Eyre Peninsular ex SAR track would need  to use this link to be up graded though. More dreams. Rolling EyesRolling Eyes
"David Peters"

Be warned, someone will then want a passenger rail service to Pt. Lincoln... Laughing
"ben0"


You might right with that. ShockedLaughing
"David Peters"

And from Adelaide too. Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Narrow gauge, if a link was built it would enable better use of both systems at anyone time and also the iron ore could then if it be needed  be shipped out of Pt Lincoln. But this is only a dream though and you know what happens to dreams around here. Also it would enable minerals etc to be sent to Whyalla as well if needed and connect with the SG system here.

Now here would be a good use of that money that was to be spent on the Northern Lines, invest it into building and operating the link between the two systems. The Eyre Peninsular ex SAR track would need  to use this link to be up graded though. More dreams. Rolling EyesRolling Eyes
"David Peters"

Be warned, someone will then want a passenger rail service to Pt. Lincoln... Laughing
"ben0"


You might right with that. ShockedLaughing
"David Peters"

And from Adelaide too. Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy
"nm39"


Just to give Rex and Qantas Link a run for their money!
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Another Thevenard loco swap occurred this week. 1603-873 left Port Lincoln on Wednesday morning for Thevenard, and 1606-842-850 arrived back in town this morning hauling two more ENH gypsum hoppers for refurbishing. 1604 still languishes out the back of the workshops, awaiting major engine repairs/replacement.

Grain trains are still running, but generally not at weekends and sometimes only one train on weekdays. Probably only 2 or 3 weeks to go until grain ends for the season.
  FAtrainsfan Station Master

Location: Port Lincoln/Arnobay, SA
I saw the other day, part of an 830 hood on (not sure on the wagon number) an AN long wagon that are usually stored in the yard. What loco was this from? All I know is that 865 and 871 are not the victims. Bugger, no more standing on the bridge in the afternoon to watch the trains come in if the grain season is over and no more trains.
  Alco251_244 Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere
The long hood would be off 848.
  futuredriver Junior Train Controller

Location: Victoria
The long hood would be off 848.
"Alco251_244"


Yeah it is 848 hood, 1604 looked like it was getting some attention today, had a platform up to the side of it her and three or four guys working on it.

Once the grain season finishes, what happens with train operations?
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
WHen does the grain season start up again? I have to get over to Pt Lincoln for some gunzelling sooner or later! Laughing

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