Who would benefit more from the Pinaroo/Ouyen line being all SG (assuming trains could run on the SA line still)? Ports of Adelaide or Port of Melbourne and Geelong? Id say the Vics would want to keep the traffic running their way. Ouyen is approx 380km to Adelaide, but 450km to Geelong/Melbourne. Might it be cheaper and therefore more competitive to run trains to Adelaide than Melbourne/Geelong.James, the problems are that there are different grain handling companies across this country. One grain company (lets say GrainCorp) isn't likely to send their grain to another companies (lets say Viterra) export facility even if the route is a few hundred kilometres less.
States and railways, still politicking (and perhaps touching on s.92 issues in the constitution) to this day..
A SG Grain train arrived at Portland Harbour today. Hopefully the first of many.G520 and 8157 on our first grain train for the season, also first since June, 2016.
The Northern Vic lines (to Deniliquin and Piangil/Woorinen) have been fairly busy with BG grain trains over the past week.
Apparently a Qube loco has collected from Geelong the blue BG wagons that El-Zorro used and has taken them to Sunshine. An intriguing development....The blue wagons I assume are the former AWB wagons which are now owned by Cargill.
Apologies didn't read Carnot's post carefully enough.Apparently a Qube loco has collected from Geelong the blue BG wagons that El-Zorro used and has taken them to Sunshine. An intriguing development....The blue wagons I assume are the former AWB wagons which are now owned by Cargill.
(SSR are leasing a similar rake from Cargill for other work - the grain handlers being a little less precious than our rail operators)
Don't QUBE already have the Cargill (SG) contract in Vic?
I'm sure someone closer to the action will know.
I thought PN had a proven track record of not selling or leasing any of their stock to anyone unless they have a vested interest (ie Etamogah Rail Hub). They would rather scrap them than have a competitor gain an advantage over them using their own gear.The VGBY wagons are now at McIntyre. According to FB, the BG bogies will go on the PHAY wagons just brought over from SA.
PN would not sell or lease the wagons from their version of the service which are currently in Tottenham yard?
I thought most freight ran at night through summer for this reason anyway? And that broadly, most freight ran at night anyway?I've had a look at the actual V/line document: https://corporate.vline.com.au/CMSModules/SharePoint/CMSPages/GetSharePointFile.ashx?connectionname=VNAP&fileref=%2fNetworkServicesPlan%2fNetwork+Operating+Requirements++NA_NSP_01+-++R03-2016+(SW+0145+2016).pdf&cacheminutes=5&cachefilesize=1024&hash=a5dd28966b4030057c40caf061874d0709bf05c36f0daec9648cf018508b0c52