So what happened on the Victoria side as there was a single Up and Down goods from Melbourne (or was it Ararat) prior to the SG conversion.There was a ~ daily (M - F not sure about weekend) Victorian service to Mount Gambier (9143)/9122) IIRC.
9122B (Monday) was frequently a heavy train. 9122 was often more than a single T class load.
AN also ran #745/#744 more or less daily.
Rail had battled operationally for many years with the Mount Gambier paper traffic to NSW and Queensland due to bogie exchange but just walked away at the very time the traffic would have been routine on SG throughout.
From the jaws of success failure was achieved.
Bit like the First World War:
'It was easier to have a war than not to have a war'.
The trains were 9192 and 9193. From my Master Train Plan from 1993:-
Conveys paper and paper pulp in 45t and 50t vans from Mt Gambier (ex-Snuggery) to Tottenham Yard (for Liverpool NSW, & Acacia Ridge Qld) and Dandenong. Conveys empty vans to Maryvale on train #9473. Conveyed from Tottenham to Dandenong on train #9537. Conveyed to Wodonga from Tott. Yard on train #9350.
Conveys Fast Track loading from Portland and Hamilton to MFT (Tott. Yard to MFT using 9220 or 9580).
Conveys container loading from Portland to Dynon. Conveys empty briquette bogie opens from Hamilton, Stawell and Dooen to Tottenham. Conveyed from Stawell and Dooen to Maroona on train 9154. Conveyed to Morwell Briquette Sidings on train #9473.
Conveys empty cement wagons from Mt Gambier to Nth Geelong. Conveys loaded cement wagons from My Gambier to Arden Street. (conveyed from Tott. To Arden Street on train #9272).
Conveys fertilizer in super bogie hoppers from Portland to Nth Geelong Yard for Wodonga then to Uralla NSW. Conveyed from Nth Geelong Yard to Wodonga on train #9350.
Conveys various grain loading between Mt Gambier and Portland. Conveys empty oil tanker, empty 40t vans for reloading (beer) and wool from Horsham to Nth Geelong yard. (conveyed from Horsham to Maroona on train #9154).
Conveys wool from Portland to MFT (No 2 Shed). Conveyed from Tott. Yard to MFT on train #9580.
Ex-Mt Gambier:- Loco, Melb loading, Geelong loading
Ex-Portland:- Loco, Fast Track, Melb loading, Geelong loading
Ex-Hamilton:- All Fast Track wagons to be together on the front
Ex-Maroona:- Loco, Geelong loading, Melbourne loading, Fast Track loading for MFT’
Profile:- Tue & Thur Av. Length 850m. Av tonnage 1,800t. M, W & F Av. Length 450m, Av. Tonnage 1,400t