Are the b's to replace a loco or are they required because of the size of loading ?Must be. There's no way all 3 locos are needed. With a G doing 1570t to Seymour and 4180t beyond and a B doing 915t and 1830t respectively, that would be a lot of hp for not a lot of train: 30 fully-loaded wagons is only 2280t.
I suppose everything is comparative, increases in loading included. The Tocumwals run most weekdays, some cancellations. PN had been running grain trains for several weeks to Tocumwal in lieu of their intermodal jobs, sometimes as well as, so two trains could be seen at Tocumwal some days. The QUBE container trains seem well loaded, although several PN ones lately have been rather sparse. The days (I think it is Tuesdays and Thursdays) that QUBE are running the Up Deniliquin via Tooolamba sees things get constipated, common for pass trains to be blocked WLC from Kilmore East. Some rumours that they are considering re-opening Broadford as a Block Post in the evenings.It will be interesting to see what happens when the rice season starts. Last season there were 2 rice trains a day in both directions passing through Echuca for several weeks. at that stage the downs were via Toolamba and 1 up went each way
I think a couple of their regular G class broke down. "Peter Pan" (can't remember the number) a CFCLA loco broke down on a down Tocumwal recently and was left at Murchison East for close to 2 weeks. Was picked up by an up service a week or so ago.And G515 had something funny happen in the engine a few weeks ago.
A debacle for Qube's Tocumwal service this week-end. Yesterday's down was very late, apparently followed the Shepp down pass. The up service B75, SSR T, S303 left Mooroopna at 09 35 this morning. Reports elsewhere it will sit at Seymour until KE is switched in at 19 00.It's getting harder and harder to run a BG rail freight service in this state. Old locos, tougher heat WOLOs, congestion due to extra passenger services, cutbacks in staffing....