ELs on SMR coal

 
  mikado5910 Chief Train Controller

Location: Kurri Kurri NSW
The rumbling of GE prime movers, the whoop of compressors and the squarking horn at the level crossing indicate that ELs are moving coal on the SMR tonight. Loaded train was heard through Kurri Kurri at about 10.40pm. I’m about a kilometre from the crossing at North Kurri, and could clearly hear all the above sound effects as I was putting the bins out.

Was this a further trial, or are revenue services underway? This is the first EL-hauled train I’ve seen or heard since last week’s trial.

I was going to post this in the other thread, but it has an SQL error and won't open.

Merry Christmas to all.

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  Loco Administrator Railpage 2 Developer

Location: Banned
I saw this train pass High Street last night with a double EL combination.

Was hoping to see the PLs leading today but I'm guessing I am a couple of days too late. Shall keep an eye out for this train today and see what will be on it.

Regards
Lionel
  mikado5910 Chief Train Controller

Location: Kurri Kurri NSW
Confirmed from another list that EL revenue workings commenced from at least last Thursday.
  Loco Administrator Railpage 2 Developer

Location: Banned
Noticed two trains on the line tonight at once, is this usual?

The EL's ran again today as the first train with a 48 leading a few PL's on the second.

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Photo from this arvo.

Regards,
Lionel on tour...
  mikado5910 Chief Train Controller

Location: Kurri Kurri NSW
No, not unusual. They seem to run the first train out, turn it on the triangle, and then run the second train out while the first one is loading. That procedure has been in operation for at least the last 2-3 years.

The 48/PL combination yesterday seems to be the first since the middle of last week.
  Tsubame800 Chief Commissioner

Sorry am very much out of touch.. so would this mean that the trusty (or not so trusty) 48's/PL's are going to be no more from Hunter coal trains?
  Termite Chief Commissioner

Location: NSW
That's the idea!
  broy Train Controller

Location: I know
That's the idea!
"Termite"


Dont forget to take your wet weather gear with you when working EL's as it rain inside the cab just as much as it rains outside,Good luck with them lol.

Broy
  X_Class Junior Train Controller

Location: Hunter Valley
That's the idea!
"Termite"


Dont forget to take your wet weather gear with you when working EL's as it rain inside the cab just as much as it rains outside,Good luck with them lol.

Broy
"broy"


That statement just gave me flashbacks of 81s!
  craigd Deputy Commissioner

Location: A Thinktank near you
That's the idea!
"Termite"


I noticed that John Holland has been doing loads of trackwork so someone (either PN, or the Chinese owners of the coal mine) is investing a lot of $$$ in the track and related infrastructure.

Speaking of which, who actually owns that line? Is it still owned by some facet of the former SMR company, or by PN, or the Chinese owners of the Austar mine?

What safeworking system(s) are used and is the signal box at Neath still a control point for the trains?

Now that I live at Wollombi, I drive past the line every day when I'm coming to/from work at Mayfield.

Craig.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
From my observations, the line is still Ordinary Train Staff & Ticket, with the staff being collected/dropped off at the signal box at East Greta. I've never made it as far as Neath, so can't answer your question about that.

I am led to believe that the line is owned by Austar.
  Shed_Rat Train Controller

Location: 'A' Shop - Swindon Works
Unless things have changed recently, Austar only own the line from Pelton to the site of the former Bellbird Junction at Cessnock, the line from there to East Greta Junction is still owned by South Maitland Railways Pty Ltd. The current upgrading work has been funded by Austar.

Neath hasn't been used as a safeworking point for several years now, (since they stopped using a section of the down main as a refuge siding.)
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Unless things have changed recently, Austar only own the line from Pelton to the site of the former Bellbird Junction at Cessnock, the line from there to East Greta Junction is still owned by South Maitland Railways Pty Ltd. The current upgrading work has been funded by Austar.
"Shed_Rat"


Thankyou for the clarification on the ownership of the line, much appreciated!
  mikado5910 Chief Train Controller

Location: Kurri Kurri NSW
As posted previously there has been foreshadowed a proposal to reinstate a crossing loop at Neath in order to manage increased traffic from the mine once the new longwall operation reaches full capacity.

I haven't heard anything further on this matter since a briefing given a couple of years ago by SMR and Austar.
  TheLoneGunMan Assistant Commissioner

Location: At NF88.7 taking pictures
From my observations, the line is still Ordinary Train Staff & Ticket, with the staff being collected/dropped off at the signal box at East Greta. I've never made it as far as Neath, so can't answer your question about that.

I am led to believe that the line is owned by Austar.
"Raichase"


Hi All,

Well the last time that I was up at Neath, the staff didn't get exchanged, the train just ran through doing it's 20km/h, but that may change if they intend on making Neath a crossing loop? Hell, I'd like to see the line from East Greta to Bellbird Junction get double tracked. That will allow a better headway of trains instead of the single track that we have now?

TLGM
  4477 Junior Train Controller

Location: Woy Woy
Pls and 48s are going very soon! from what Ive been told they are not cost affective as they keep braking down'


Track has been up graded for Els... this is the word from a driver mate of mine.......not sure if its true he told me "mate cannot wait to see the end of them..."

Mad
  TUB-11Y Junior Train Controller

Location: Newcastle NSW
if you look on the previous page, the pic of the EL's was taken on the SMR
  craigd Deputy Commissioner

Location: A Thinktank near you
if you look on the previous page, the pic of the EL's was taken on the SMR
"TUB-11Y"


On the way into work this morning I passed the loaded train stopped just before the Bellbird mine disaster memorial with two John Holland trucks looking at something on the track.

The train has 2 x 48 + 2 x PL (aka butchered 48 cl) locos on the front as per the regular combination.

Craig.
  chase42211 Chief Commissioner

Location: A well paid kettle boiler.
if you look on the previous page, the pic of the EL's was taken on the SMR
"TUB-11Y"


The train has 2 x 48 + 2 x PL (aka butchered 48 cl) locos on the front as per the regular combination.

Craig.
"craigd"

Craig, two trains are running at the moment, the above one you seen and the other is worked by two EL's 52 and 55. You should see this train out on the branch later on this arvo.
  mikado5910 Chief Train Controller

Location: Kurri Kurri NSW
Any word on when the second rake will go to EL haulage, chase?
  Termite Chief Commissioner

Location: NSW
Any word on when the second rake will go to EL haulage, chase?
"mikado5910"


mikado...

It will go once EL62 or EL64 are brought upto leading cab standard, hopefully it's sooner rather than later, but no word as yet.
  poppins122325 Chief Train Controller

Location: Hunter Valley
With the upgrade has this seen an increase in the speed permitted along the line?
  Termite Chief Commissioner

Location: NSW
No, same speeds...
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
No, same speeds...
"Termite"


That doesn't seen very efficient - why increase the loco weight if they are still restricted to running at walking pace? I would have thought it would be more efficiant to speed up trains so that trains can get in and out faster?
  chase42211 Chief Commissioner

Location: A well paid kettle boiler.
With the amount of clowns out that way 30kph is fast enough.

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