Portland Action

 
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Nice photo there of G520 doing its best Toyota LandCruiser impersonation. I'm sure there are rails in there somewhere.

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  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Being all wheel drive, I spose it can go anywhere.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

G520, BL31 and G539.  Arrived about 1155.

Y115
time to get out the weed sprayer................................
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
BL30, XR559 and G542 on today's train which arrived about 1145.

  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Here's a series of pics of the freshly painted wagons taken 23 March 2021. They didn't stay clean for very long. If someone wants to file those in a suitable area, feel free.

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  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
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  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
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  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
Looks like no train today.  Next Graincorp ship due middle of April, current one departs this afternoon.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
VHAF387-G.  PM me if you want others.

  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
Train tomorrow.
Graincorp ships in 18th and 26th April.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Train South through Heywood at 04:11 Wink Mum on Hi-Alert !

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  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
BL31, X48 and G520 arrived just after 0500.

  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Shunting back to the yard. Note the random off-time mechanical bell on the LX.



Portland 15042021.mp4 by Rustyrick
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
BL31, BL33 and XR558 on today's train.

  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
G520, X48 and BL33 on today's train.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Lovely shots thanks for posting.
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
BL26, BL31 and XR558 on today's train, arrived just after 0500.
Will post a couple of photos later, got soaked on the way home!
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
  Duncs Chief Commissioner

While we are covering Portland (and thanks again to Y115 for all the great photos) I am curious as to the state of the track from Maroona to Portland. According to Vicsig, it is class three with a line speed of 80 kph. Is that still currently the case?
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
While we are covering Portland (and thanks again to Y115 for all the great photos) I am curious as to the state of the track from Maroona to Portland. According to Vicsig, it is class three with a line speed of 80 kph. Is that still currently the case?
Duncs
I believe so. There’s a lot of complaints that it should have been upgraded with the Murray Basin project, but the silence from all parties is deafening.

Anyway, today’s train unloaded and ready to head north.

  Duncs Chief Commissioner

Thanks Rusty

The rail for Maroona to Portland is 47kg and was laid in the 1970's or 1980"s? As compared to the very old (1919) 41 kg on Maryborough to Ararat.

That said, I would give the project to the ARTC and go for 60kg rail on mainline concrete sleepers. This then would allow a speed of 100kph on a 23 ton axle load. You then have instantly (and completely) integrated Portland into the national rail freight network. So the Port of Melbourne get some overdue competition.

Another advantage is that any ideas of turning Western port bay into a rail freight hub are over. So a fragile Eco system is protected.

Duncs
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
G520, X48 and BL33 on today's train which arrived about 0430.

  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Thanks Rusty

The rail for Maroona to Portland is 47kg and was laid in the 1970's or 1980"s? As compared to the very old (1919) 41 kg on Maryborough to Ararat.

That said, I would give the project to the ARTC and go for 60kg rail on mainline concrete sleepers. This then would allow a speed of 100kph on a 23 ton axle load. You then have instantly (and completely) integrated Portland into the national rail freight network. So the Port of Melbourne get some overdue competition.

Another advantage is that any ideas of turning Western port bay into a rail freight hub are over. So a fragile Eco system is protected.

Duncs
Duncs
Just how will the Port of Melbourne get some competition from the Port of Portland ?
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
Too wet to go out today, train arrived about 0530, should be two BLs and XR558 again.

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