Grain Harvest 2016/2017

 
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
I'm sure the point is that to get throuput and productivity out of these larger consolidated grain sites you need longer sidings to be able to continuously load a train.   Remember however that many grainlines would be ideally suited to loading on the mainline itself and obviate the need for extra trackage.  This already happens in some locations

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  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Well, the harvest season is about to kick into gear for this year.

GrainFlow Dimboola will be open for Canola samples from the 1st of November and Wheat / Barley by appointment, so it's all about crank up, I would image the headers may well be making a start in the North Wimmera and Mallee.

BigShunter.

Oh Mods, should this be in a new thread 17 / 18 Harvest Season, up to you.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Keep posting we can split the thread when ready.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
8124 and BL33 in Portland today with a PN grain train.
  cbinyon Train Controller

Location: London, England
PN very busy on the BG, NW branch lines. 3 UP and 2 DN.

XR555 & G527
G522 & XR553

G524 & G536
BL32 & XR551

G531 & XR554
  darcycammo Chief Train Controller

Location: cockatoo vic
PN very busy on the BG, NW branch lines. 3 UP and 2 DN.

XR555 & G527
G522 & XR553

G524 & G536
BL32 & XR551

G531 & XR554
cbinyon
Staying at Korong Vale at my land i can just see the Manangatang line and can see the Seal lake line easy

we used to be lucky to get one train a weekend about 2 years ago this place has been pretty busy since Qube have started. Any way i stayed up there Saturday night and was woken u by a few trains it was way to cold to get up to go see the loco's here is what i seen

3:29am Up grain coming off the Manangatang line. Another one in the loop waiting to cross

3:43am down grain departing on the Manangatang line

5:30am another train has arrived into the loop on the down

5:36am The first train that arrived on the up from Manangatang leaving

5:45am departing on the down towards Manangatang
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
So with the Sea Lake and Manang' lines getting such a healthy work out, which crossing locations are in use at the moment?

Korong Vale obviously going by Darcy Cammo's informative post.
Maryborough?
Ballarat?
Warrenheip?
Meredith?
Gheringhap?

Are all of these locations being used to cross trains?
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
PN very busy on the BG, NW branch lines. 3 UP and 2 DN.

XR555 & G527
G522 & XR553

G524 & G536
BL32 & XR551

G531 & XR554
Staying at Korong Vale at my land i can just see the Manangatang line and can see the Seal lake line easy

we used to be lucky to get one train a weekend about 2 years ago this place has been pretty busy since Qube have started. Any way i stayed up there Saturday night and was woken u by a few trains it was way to cold to get up to go see the loco's here is what i seen

3:29am Up grain coming off the Manangatang line. Another one in the loop waiting to cross

3:43am down grain departing on the Manangatang line

5:30am another train has arrived into the loop on the down

5:36am The first train that arrived on the up from Manangatang leaving

5:45am departing on the down towards Manangatang
darcycammo

Good bit of info, there darcycammo, not much sleep to be had or an early start to the day Laughing and make the most of the traffic, won't be long and these lines will be copping the treatment.

You might be the man on the ground for some pictures and updates on conversion when it happens, in your area.

Would your property be a possible site for another camera or perhaps one could be placed right in the V of both lines, bevans are you in charge of camera's ?

BigShunter.
  darcycammo Chief Train Controller

Location: cockatoo vic
I would happily set one up on my block you would really only see the Sea lake line but! If someone can get in contact with me who has set up the other ones etc
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
G523 and BL27 in Portland today with another PN grain. No ships due, must be filling up the silos.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Some good news from V/Line which should help with the continuing effort to move last year's bumper harvest as well as this years.

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/v-line-heat-restrictions-end-to-rail-freight-halt

Also hearing on the radio this am that Anthony Albanese is in Victoria today for an announcement about Victorian Regional rail.

BG
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Grain looks good for this coming season.

When does the actual season start ?
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
When does the actual season start ?
freightage
Perhaps when the mods create the Grain Harvest 2017/18 thread Wink !!
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Grain looks good for this coming season.

When does the actual season start ?
freightgate

The Wimmera usually kicks off by the mid November, however this spring has been rather cool and not a whole lot of sunshine. The next week has some quite warm weather so that will dry crops out and it will be action.
Most areas of the Wimmera are looking pretty good, although not as flash in the North and areas of the Mallee fairly ordinary.

BigShunter.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
When does the actual season start ?
Perhaps when the mods create the Grain Harvest 2017/18 thread Wink !!
james.au

Beat you james, scroll up a bit Laughing
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

I reckon this news story should mark the start of the 2017/2018 Grain Harvest Thread, and it's good news!:
http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/vline-heat-restrictions-end-to-rail-freight-halt/news-story/2001f6ca4f190ffdb7ea5470819609f2

V/LINE has bowed to industry pressure and will no longer stop freight trains on most of its tracks because of hot weather.

New operating requirements, released by V/Line today, will ensure freight trains can operate, at reduced speeds, on days when the temperature hits 33C.

Just two parts of its network will close if the temperature reaches 33C, the tracks between Toolamba and Echuca (about 65km), and between Dimboola and Rainbow (about 70km).

The remainder of V/Line’s heat restrictions will see trains forced to slow to 30km/h when the temperature hits 33C, while others will be forced to travel at 65km/h when the temperature hits 36C.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
When does the actual season start ?
Perhaps when the mods create the Grain Harvest 2017/18 thread Wink !!
james.au
Harvest proper will start pretty soon http://www.mecardo.com.au/commodities/grain.aspx

I saw some going on out near Newstead yesterday of what looked like feed stock and it has been posted elsewhere that it is already underway on the Eyre Peninsula in SA

With the huge crop last year I think from a rail perspective one will just merge into the next, they are still clearing out receival sites to make room for the new stuff.

BG
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
When does the actual season start ?
Perhaps when the mods create the Grain Harvest 2017/18 thread Wink !!
Beat you james, scroll up a bit Laughing
BigShunter
Yep I saw your question!  They haven't created the thread yet!

Perhpas when first deliveries go in the bin it will start.  I know that things have kicked off in Southern NSW (barley, some canola), so the Mildura region cant be far off.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Also hearing on the radio this am that Anthony Albanese is in Victoria today for an announcement about Victorian Regional rail.
BrentonGolding

@BrentonGolding, What are you hearing?  Im not seeing much at the moment except that he is in Ballarat.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Also hearing on the radio this am that Anthony Albanese is in Victoria today for an announcement about Victorian Regional rail.

@BrentonGolding, What are you hearing?  Im not seeing much at the moment except that he is in Ballarat.
james.au
Not much at this stage, on ABC Melbourne morning Jon Draino program this morning it was mentioned but no meat just bones at this stage.

BG
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Also hearing on the radio this am that Anthony Albanese is in Victoria today for an announcement about Victorian Regional rail.

@BrentonGolding, What are you hearing?  Im not seeing much at the moment except that he is in Ballarat.
Not much at this stage, on ABC Melbourne morning Jon Draino program this morning it was mentioned but no meat just bones at this stage.

BG
BrentonGolding
Cool cool.  He is at Bacchus Marsh now (as of 30mins ago per Twitter) so perhaps not far away.  Not sure what he would be doing without Andrews in the picture too.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Also hearing on the radio this am that Anthony Albanese is in Victoria today for an announcement about Victorian Regional rail.

@BrentonGolding, What are you hearing?  Im not seeing much at the moment except that he is in Ballarat.
Not much at this stage, on ABC Melbourne morning Jon Draino program this morning it was mentioned but no meat just bones at this stage.

BG
Cool cool.  He is at Bacchus Marsh now (as of 30mins ago per Twitter) so perhaps not far away.  Not sure what he would be doing without Andrews in the picture too.
james.au
He's meeting with the Committee for Ballarat.  Might have something to do with the #59minuteballarat campaign?

I hope they talk about SG-only to Maryborough and perhaps Ararat etc?  Time will tell.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Just two parts of its network will close if the temperature reaches 33C, the tracks between Toolamba and Echuca (about 65km), and between Dimboola and Rainbow (about 70km).
Carnot
Undoubtably this is a good news story but you have to wonder about Toolamba - they only just re-opened it a few years ago!

You also have to look a little closer to get to the truth of what the impacts are;

https://corporate.vline.com.au/CMSModules/SharePoint/CMSPages/GetSharePointFile.ashx?connectionname=VNAP&fileref=%2fNetworkServicesPlan%2fNetwork+Operating+Requirements+and+Addenda%2fNA_NSP_01+-+Network+Operating+Requirements+R09-2017+Wolo+Procedure+-+Rev+17.02.pdf&cacheminutes=5&cachefilesize=1024&hash=8a653b5c6f5f382e0ef184649043a028859dc2bcb4f161146b10df036a7f77f0

West Footscray to Sunshine - is RRL
Sunshine to Ararat - carries passengers so built to higher standards
Deer Park Junction to Manor - carries passengers so built to higher standards
Werribee to Dennington - carries passengers so built to higher standards
Sunbury to Bendigo - carries passengers so built to higher standards
North Bendigo Junction to Piangil - carries passengers to Swan Hill so built to higher standards
Bendigo to Echuca - carries passengers so built to higher standards
Echuca to Deniliquin - stays open at 30km/h, good outcome
Craigieburn to Seymour - carries passengers so built to higher standards
Seymour to Tocumwal - stays open at 40km/h beyond Sheparton, good outcome
Toolamba to Echuca - closed when temp exceeds 33 degrees
Pakenham to Bairnsdale - carries passengers so built to higher standards
Melbourne Metro - not under V/Line control
North Geelong to Yelta - Much of this is closed this summer for Murray Basin works
Ouyen to Murrayville - closed this summer for Murray Basin works
Dunolly to Manangatang - stays open at 40km/h then 30km/h beyond Boort, good outcome
Korong Vale to Sealake - stays open at 40km/h over 36 degrees, good outcome
Ararat to Marybourough - currently closed for rebuild
Murtoa to Houptoun - stays open at 40km/h, good outcome
Dimboola to Yapeet - closed when temp exceeds 33 degrees


So Ararat > Maryborough currently closed, Mildura and Murrayville will be closed all Summer. Toolamba and Rainbow Branch still close for WOLO restrictions when temp exceeds 33 degrees.

Will be interesting to see what happens next year when closed lines come back online.

BG
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

Toolamba line rejuvenation back in 2013 was pretty minimal.  So not surprised about shutdown over 33 degC.

Mildura and Murrayville should reopen in the New Year.  If the Murray Basin Project Stage 2 finishes on time...
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Also hearing on the radio this am that Anthony Albanese is in Victoria today for an announcement about Victorian Regional rail.

@BrentonGolding, What are you hearing?  Im not seeing much at the moment except that he is in Ballarat.
Not much at this stage, on ABC Melbourne morning Jon Draino program this morning it was mentioned but no meat just bones at this stage.

BG
BrentonGolding

To close this one out - here is the transcript. Mainly Ballarat passenger issues.  The Federal Election campaign has started....

http://anthonyalbanese.com.au/transcript-of-media-conference-ballarat-victoria

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