The remaining (soon to be converted) 3900's

 
  jt393 Assistant Commissioner

Location: los jinetes enmascarados' clubhouse

Hi all,

Will all of the remaining thirteen 3900's (3918, 3920-3922 & 3924-3930) still to be converted as part of the 3551 series (3500 Class)?

Unless some of them are under conversion.



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  Expost Chief Commissioner

My guess would be, no. Unless they were upgraded to something more akin to the 37/3800 class locos.  Better off flogging them off and using the proceeds to acquire more 4100s or 37/3800s.
  A4Skyhawk Station Staff

Location: Gladstone



My guess would be, no. Unless they were upgraded to something more akin to the 37/3800 class locos. Better off flogging them off and using the proceeds to acquire more 4100s or 37/3800s.

"Expost"


I would be glad to see all of the 3550's gone !!!

  2811 Train Controller

Location: Brisbane
I doubt Aurizon will be using them again, the way they are getting rid of work everywhere. I wouldn't be at all surprised if they have another big loco sale overseas again soon.
  jt393 Assistant Commissioner

Location: los jinetes enmascarados' clubhouse

At least the 3900's, 3500's & 3551's all have facelifts differing from the ugly looking "square trunk elephant" like nose.

However the 3100's, 3300's & 3400's always had their ugly noses. Has anyone been over to Jilalan recently where all of them have been stored at?

  A7EL Station Master

Location: At my desk
The 3xxx's and a heap of ex Newland 80T wagons are stored on a unballasted "temporary" siding between the old yard and the Wagon Maintenance Facility.  They really can't be seen where they are from the outside, mainly because of the embankment for the Oonooie flyover.  A few ELRC's in there to.
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland

for the Oonooie flyover.
"A7EL"


Ah, Oonooie.  Every time I hear that name I have a sudden compusion to close my window and hold my breath. Razz
  jt393 Assistant Commissioner

Location: los jinetes enmascarados' clubhouse



The 3xxx's and a heap of ex Newland 80T wagons are stored on a unballasted "temporary" siding between the old yard and the Wagon Maintenance Facility. They really can't be seen where they are from the outside, mainly because of the embankment for the Oonooie flyover. A few ELRC's in there to.

"A7EL"


I hope I can see them from the outside. Might need binoculars to see them more thoroughly.

  foxtrax Station Staff

Location: Gladstone QLD
The 8 of them are in Gladstone Yard down Auckland Point there a few 3551,s in Gladstone as well there ones with ongoing faults, there was a rumor with Wiggins they will need all there locos, and they may get refit  but just rumor and now we  keep getting extra 37 and 38,s,..  The 39,s Freight could have, the older Drivers that drove them said they were great. But Being converted to single cab adds mucking around turning them,  and then Freight will have to pitch in with the bill of the over head power.
Also , and still just hear say, heard the over head is due for upgrading possible from Gladstone south to the outer suburban area pull the over head down , only train using it is the Tilt, run Diesel Tilts instead.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE



The 8 of them are in Gladstone Yard down Auckland Point there a few 3551,s in Gladstone as well there ones with ongoing faults, there was a rumor with Wiggins they will need all there locos, and they may get refit but just rumor and now we keep getting extra 37 and 38,s,.. The 39,s Freight could have, the older Drivers that drove them said they were great. But Being converted to single cab adds mucking around turning them, and then Freight will have to pitch in with the bill of the over head power.
Also , and still just hear say, heard the over head is due for upgrading possible from Gladstone south to the outer suburban area pull the over head down , only train using it is the Tilt, run Diesel Tilts instead.

"foxtrax"


QR and PN don't seem to have an issue turning diesels, so turning a single cab 3900 shouldn't be an issue, but agree it woudl be easier if it had two cabs as few turning locations would be sparked.

The ongoing debate of what to do with the OH between Gladstone and Gympie.
No. 1 it won't be pulled down, that costs money and as long as the poles are not at risk it will stay
No. 2 Issue is, what Diesel tilts? QR has 2 (barely) a 3rd is coming to run to Cairns 6 days a week, 2 per week each. There isn't enough fat to run the RTT service with the same trains.
No. 3 Much of the lander cars are to be retired next year, with remainder tied up with what ever lander services remain and this is likely to be SOTO only.
No. 4 Cutting the RTT service leaves two expensive trains with no work in Qld. They would probably be sold for little money as few 3'6" operations would have need or abiilty to run similar service for such a train, ie the line would need to be 25kVA or similar OH supply with reasonable track quality for a train service to go +80-100km/hr. Other why not just buy 2nd hand narrow gauge lander style rolling stock, new would probably be cheaper. Not saying zero, but it will be few operators.

Define "Upgrading" that could be as low as few hundred k to millions? why upgrade for 1-2 a day train? It only needs to be sustained.

I think if anything cutting the RTT to Bundy return is something that could be a realistic option. Saves 200km of OH maintanence. Gladstone now has Virgin. Mirrum Vale and Mt Larcom are minor users of the RTT. Gladstone is a bit far to be viable for rail to Brisbane. Bundy is ~4hr and has a minimal air service along with Marybough. Running 3 x a day during the week from here would be attractive for users and the govt. The service frequency on weekends could then be increased to twice daily. Diesels could the haul to Rocky/Gracemere for servicing or simply close this depo down and do the lot in Brisbane.

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