SCT workings WA and all over Australia

 
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
The first two new Gen2 CSR's should be arriving in Adelaide any moment. They have a silvery grey livery instead of white, and if you look closely you'll be able to see a number of changes to the body. All up there's around 200 modifications to the Gen1 design.
Poath Junction
I'd love to know what the price advantage is that led SCT to walk across that asbestos ridden bridge (beat me to the punch hbe) and buy another batch of CSRs instead of looking at something similar to the stuff they have been hiring

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  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
And we assume the new locos will be certified as Asbestos free...
Of course - asbestos absolutely free - no charge whatsoever.Smile
YM-Mundrabilla
I, the undersigned, hereby declare that this locomotive is 100% Asbestos-free. All the Asbestos contained therein is supplied free of any charge

Yours etc etc, A Faceless Man (or Woman)

(BTW if you are looking for a car we've got some Chery and Great Wall models going cheap. Really cheap)
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
C503 leading into Adelaide on 2MP9 today.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
C503 leading into Adelaide on 2MP9 today.
bingley hall

https://www.flickr.com/photos/62346766@N07/51323395143

https://www.flickr.com/photos/62346766@N07/51323397068
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Thanks for sharing do you guys have any video ?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Thanks for sharing do you guys have any video ?
freightgate

None on this pass
  nscaler69 Deputy Commissioner

Location: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
Thanks for sharing do you guys have any video ?
freightgate
Not my video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6B5-FvrSEQ
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
SCT MB9 and BM9 services increasing in size ? Can anyone confirm ?
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
An extra 6KA9 with EL60-EL62-CLF2 ran from Dooen to Adelaide on 23/7, hardly anyone saw it due to the lockdown.
  Milepost Beginner

Here are my shots of 2MP9 on 20/7/2021, enjoy. I would've got video too if not for the vile wind on the day.

Tailem Bend yard https://www.flickr.com/photos/80725318@N07/51323985270/in/dateposted-public/

West of Callington https://www.flickr.com/photos/80725318@N07/51323305251/in/dateposted-public/

Nearing Balhannah https://www.flickr.com/photos/80725318@N07/51325860380/in/dateposted-public/

Passing Belair station https://www.flickr.com/photos/80725318@N07/51325647978/in/dateposted-public/

Finally passing Mile End https://www.flickr.com/photos/80725318@N07/51327572244/in/dateposted-public/
greasyrhys
Looks like she lost a windscreen wiper on the first trip too, ouch!
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Another interesting SCT working ran on 27/8/2021, some photos of 6KA9 with locos EL60-CLF4-CLF2-EL63 in charge of a light load:

Kanmantoo https://www.flickr.com/photos/80725318@N07/51407524129/in/dateposted-public/

Bridgewater https://www.flickr.com/photos/80725318@N07/51407683858/in/dateposted-public/

Fosters Corner https://www.flickr.com/photos/80725318@N07/51410222769/in/dateposted-public/

Plus a video of the train 'flying' at Kanmantoo

https://youtu.be/Umu1CF1Slgs
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Some big SCT trains running the East-West route at present.  97 wagons on 6PM9 into Laverton on Monday evening, 81 wagons on 2MP9 outbound soon afterwards.

PN super-freighters on the same route are likewise hauling similarly big consists.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Are we seeing the start of a modal shift while the road industry deals with the delays and difficulties of border closures?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Are we seeing the start of a modal shift while the road industry deals with the delays and difficulties of border closures?
Sulla1

The borders aren't closed (not sure about SA/WA) as we have seen to our cost with interstate truck drivers bring COVID into SA this week, but yes it is probably easier using rail for cross border moves.

The other factor, and probably bigger one, is the global disruption that COVID has brought to global shipping schedules and container availability.  This has meant fewer single voyage 'scab labour' shipping moves around our coastline.

There have been a number of extra PN and SCT services running since early this year.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Do you mean to say that rather than winning the work from their road based competitors, the rail industry is winning it from their sea-faring competition?

I honestly didn't know we moved that much domestic freight by sea. I would have thought all of it went by road, rail or air.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
Do you mean to say that rather than winning the work from their road based competitors, the rail industry is winning it from their sea-faring competition?

I honestly didn't know we moved that much domestic freight by sea. I would have thought all of it went by road, rail or air.
Gman_86
According to the below video, the answer is yes.



https://youtu.be/j046BO1RVP0
  Andrewdr Locomotive Fireman

Do you mean to say that rather than winning the work from their road based competitors, the rail industry is winning it from their sea-faring competition?

I honestly didn't know we moved that much domestic freight by sea. I would have thought all of it went by road, rail or air.
Gman_86
BH is correct.

For many years the domestic transit of shipping containers have been based on marginal cost pricing. This has effectively undercut land transport, especially rail on the E-W line.
Big freight forwarding firms such as Toll can pick and chose any mode based on price and delivery schedules. So, for example, if sending containers from Perth to Melbourne they will look at availability of shipping slots and time, the latter impacted by a stop in Port Adelaide vs back loading prices on rail or road.

The number of international container ships moving along the southern coast during the current Covid period is way down. Thus availability and frequency of possible slots is also down.

When I was a strategic transport planner back in the 90s, it was difficult to interest the (Libera/National) Federal Govt in the notion of "robustness", namely making sure there was more than one string in the bow so a system could withstand shocks. Indeed, their overall understanding of systems analysis was negligible and they did not understand that optimising each element of a system does not necessarily lead to an optimal long term overall result.

This was the time when coastal shipping was opened up to international shipping lines, with little regard to the long term sustainability of rail freight. In fact rail was seen as the poor cousin, as it is largely to this day.
This is not confined to Governments just on the right - see Vic - but all Govts under the influence of the powerful road freight lobby. Unlike in the USA where there is a broad agreement between road and rail industries that rail dominates the long haul and road the distribution role.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Do you mean to say that rather than winning the work from their road based competitors, the rail industry is winning it from their sea-faring competition?

I honestly didn't know we moved that much domestic freight by sea. I would have thought all of it went by road, rail or air.
Gman_86

I wrote this in late August 2020 based in part on information provided by SCT....

"The impact of single voyage permits for foreign shipping carrying domestic cargo between Australian ports is not a new one. It was raised by SCT back in 2012 when federal government regulations surrounding these voyages were significantly relaxed.  Since then there has been a 465% increase in the number of containers moved annually by these ships from the eastern states to Perth.

In 2019 a total of 69,291 twenty-foot equivalent containers were moved by ship using low paid foreign crews, East to West. (My back of the envelope calculations suggested) This amounts to the replacement of five fully double stacked 1.8km long freight trains per week on the corridor.

Rail’s market share on the East West corridor, which was once above 60%, is now down to 54%, with road taking 25% and sea 21%. An often-quoted market share figure in the past for rail was over 80%, but this only considered the land-based task for which rail’s share has now dropped to around 68%."

It is amazing that within less than six months things started to turn around in rail's favour.

The key now is for rail to make sure it hangs on to this gains, but unfortunately I fear that government policy, the fickleness of Australian business, combined with the lack of leadership in the rail industry will see these gains eroded once things return to some kind of normal.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
CRRC promo video featuring the new batch of CSR's


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmUWsRKhRMc
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks PJ.
A pleasant change to see an informative albeit, perhaps, basic presentation without spin, politicians and other multifarious sycophants so common (read Jacinta Allan) in local similar features.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

The key now is for rail to make sure it hangs on to this gains, but unfortunately I fear that government policy, the fickleness of Australian business, combined with the lack of leadership in the rail industry will see these gains eroded once things return to some kind of normal.
bingley hall
It will come down to whether rail has actually done anything to earn the gains, or is simply picking up the scraps from a tough year for intermodal shipping that is already showing signs of smoothing out.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
No doubt you've all taken notice of the latest ARTC MTP with all it's new SCT services (including daily paths between Melb/Adelaide). Melbourne in particular has done well with new trip workings shown, and for those not aware the trip workings confirm SCT has picked up the Sadleirs contract from PN. workings for the steel contract starting in January are also shown.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
combined with the lack of leadership in the rail industry
bingley hall
How could this be developed BH?  FORG is somewhat of a step in that direction but doesnt seem to be getting anywhere quickly.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
combined with the lack of leadership in the rail industry
How could this be developed BH?  FORG is somewhat of a step in that direction but doesnt seem to be getting anywhere quickly.
james.au

The ARA should be leading the way, but unfortunately they shy away from confrontation.

FORG was largely led by former Pac Nat CEO Dean Dalla Vale and as you say was "a step in the right direction", even if their rhetoric hadn't changed from that put forward by some of us 30 years earlier.

Dalla Vale retired from Pac Nat earlier this year and was replaced by former Virgin CEO Paul Scurrah - he's been pretty quiet since taking over.

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