Portland Action

 
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
No trains, but a bit of maintenance on the line. BSM caught this hi-rail tipper going past her house at Heywood on Saturday.



Hirail truck Heywood 06112021.mp4 by Rustyrick

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  Y115 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Portland
Graincorp ship due next Wednesday, hopefully trains will be back soon.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Just a quick question Razz not too often you string two Q words together. Anyhow, how long have the speed restrictions been on the line to Portland ? Would be a couple of years, wouldn't it ?  

Reason I'm asking is because I scored this the press release yesterday.

10 November 2021

Kealy: Labor has destroyed rail freight

Labor’s failure to manage infrastructure projects has claimed another casualty, with the speed limit on the Maroona-Portland rail freight line being halved from 80km/h to 40km/h due to the track’s poor condition.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), which leases the 170-kilometre rail freight line from the Victorian Government, has made the decision to reduce the speed limit due to the unsatisfactory condition of the rail line.

The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy said this was yet another example of Labor destroying the rail freight industry.

“With an above average-grain harvest approaching, halving the speed limit for all trains on the Maroona-Portland rail freight line could not have come at a worse time,” she said.

“The decision by ARTC has added two hours to the journey time of all trains travelling to and from Portland, incurring extra crew costs for rail operators.

“A third locomotive is now also required on most trains as the slow speed means there is insufficient momentum to lift trains over a number of uphill gradients on the line.

“These inefficiencies and cost increases will inevitably force more grain onto road transport, resulting in increased damage to our regional roads and exposing all road users to increased safety risks.”

Ms Kealy said she was also aware of two potential new rail freight developments that would be forced to consider A-double road truck transport instead of rail freight because the 40km/h line speed would make rail totally uncompetitive.

These developments include a new mineral sands project near Horsham, which is anticipating transporting approximately 1 million tonnes of mineral sands to Portland each year for export.

“It is staggering that under the Andrews Labor Government, only 7 per cent of Victoria’s infrastructure budget is spent in regional Victoria,” Ms Kealy said.

“Labor has no interest in regional Victoria and, coupled with its inability to manage infrastructure projects, this is destroying our rail freight industry and our regional road network.

“I am calling on the Andrews Labor Government to provide the funding required to restore the 80km/h speed limit on the Maroona-Portland line to make it a competitive freight transport option for regional businesses and industry.”


Also did Peter Walsh or someone else release a similar one recently ?

I'd say their a few years behind the times.

BigShunter.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Just a quick question Razz not too often you string two Q words together. Anyhow, how long have the speed restrictions been on the line to Portland ? Would be a couple of years, wouldn't it ?  

Reason I'm asking is because I scored this the press release yesterday.
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Also did Peter Walsh or someone else release a similar one recently ?

I'd say their a few years behind the times.

BigShunter.
BigShunter
Not sure about a previous release, but there is an election brewing.
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
How is Adolf Andrews responsible for what ARTC does or does not?
(Or have I missed something?)
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
How is Adolf Andrews responsible for what ARTC does or does not?
(Or have I missed something?)
YM-Mundrabilla
Never let truth get in the way of electioneering...
  Y115 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Portland
Port of Portland working on their own section of the track until Sunday then trains should (hopefully) be back next week.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Update on Port of Portland -
https://www.stockandland.com.au/story/7511044/portland-port-seeks-wheat-code-exemption/?cs=4598

The Port wants a wheat code exemption which they say will mean more investment in rail (really???)

And this absolute facepalm/clanger from the ARTC, which seems to keep making lame excuses for not fixing the line:

"ARTC has in recent years replaced a number of deteriorated timber sleepers, prioritising works on a condition basis," the spokesperson said.
"There is unlikely to be a major impact on freight to Portland.
"Grain is the primary commodity moved and over the past five years there has been very limited demand for rail services to use the Port of Portland, preferring alternate export locations in Victoria."
  Lachlan's Train Channel Train Controller

Location: probably taking a photo of 7901V
Update on Port of Portland -
https://www.stockandland.com.au/story/7511044/portland-port-seeks-wheat-code-exemption/?cs=4598

The Port wants a wheat code exemption which they say will mean more investment in rail (really???)

And this absolute facepalm/clanger from the ARTC, which seems to keep making lame excuses for not fixing the line:

"ARTC has in recent years replaced a number of deteriorated timber sleepers, prioritising works on a condition basis," the spokesperson said.
"There is unlikely to be a major impact on freight to Portland.
"Grain is the primary commodity moved and over the past five years there has been very limited demand for rail services to use the Port of Portland, preferring alternate export locations in Victoria."
Carnot
maybe if the line was at a reasonable speed companies would be more inclined to use Portland for export....
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Update on Port of Portland -
https://www.stockandland.com.au/story/7511044/portland-port-seeks-wheat-code-exemption/?cs=4598

The Port wants a wheat code exemption which they say will mean more investment in rail (really???)

And this absolute facepalm/clanger from the ARTC, which seems to keep making lame excuses for not fixing the line:

"ARTC has in recent years replaced a number of deteriorated timber sleepers, prioritising works on a condition basis," the spokesperson said.
"There is unlikely to be a major impact on freight to Portland.
"Grain is the primary commodity moved and over the past five years there has been very limited demand for rail services to use the Port of Portland, preferring alternate export locations in Victoria."
maybe if the line was at a reasonable speed companies would be more inclined to use Portland for export....
Lachlan's Train Channel
Of course!  But the ARTC can't see that....
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

The line is leased by Victoria to the ARTC which is supposed to maintain same to 80km/h line speed, which ARTC has clearly failed to do.  Now trains have returned with a vengeance, plus the potential export of containerized wool from Hamilton, plus 1 million tonnes per annum of export mineral sands from Dooen to Portland at risk of being carried by road as ARTC won t maintain track to the agreed speed of 80 km/h. Not Victorias responsibility, strictly ARTC and Federal Minister in Barnacle Joyce needs to get involved and direct ARTC to get the track  back up to scratch. ARTC are very poor business people now the year round traffics are there you need to restore the 80 km/h line speed to generate the new and extra traffic and in doing so ARTC earn  greater revenue in increased track access fees. Increased revenue pays to main the track. It s NOT rocket science.

As for both sides of politics trying to score cheap poiints , the Aussie public has had an absolute GUT full of those kindergarten games .
  Y115 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Portland
Possible train tomorrow but don't hold your breath waiting for it!
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Possible train tomorrow but don't hold your breath waiting for it!
Y115
Well, Downer are still working on the line into the receiving area, so they'd better get a move on and finish.
  Y115 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Portland
Possible train tomorrow but don't hold your breath waiting for it!
Well, Downer are still working on the line into the receiving area, so they'd better get a move on and finish.
RustyRick
Looks like both trains are going to Geelong now, we might have to wait until next week.
The wet weather set them back a bit on the track work.
Grain ship due in later today.
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
The line is leased by Victoria to the ARTC which is supposed to maintain same to 80km/h line speed, which ARTC has clearly failed to do.  Now trains have returned with a vengeance, plus the potential export of containerized wool from Hamilton, plus 1 million tonnes per annum of export mineral sands from Dooen to Portland at risk of being carried by road as ARTC won t maintain track to the agreed speed of 80 km/h. Not Victorias responsibility, strictly ARTC and Federal Minister in Barnacle Joyce needs to get involved and direct ARTC to get the track  back up to scratch. ARTC are very poor business people now the year round traffics are there you need to restore the 80 km/h line speed to generate the new and extra traffic and in doing so ARTC earn  greater revenue in increased track access fees. Increased revenue pays to main the track. It s NOT rocket science.

As for both sides of politics trying to score cheap poiints , the Aussie public has had an absolute GUT full of those kindergarten games .
kuldalai
If (and I don't doubt that it is) why doesn't Victoria simply launch legal action for breach of contract?
If nothing else it would show that we mean business and would hopefully set alight to some ARTC tail feathers.
  Djebel Train Controller

The line is leased by Victoria to the ARTC which is supposed to maintain same to 80km/h line speed, which ARTC has clearly failed to do.  Now trains have returned with a vengeance, plus the potential export of containerized wool from Hamilton, plus 1 million tonnes per annum of export mineral sands from Dooen to Portland at risk of being carried by road as ARTC won t maintain track to the agreed speed of 80 km/h. Not Victorias responsibility, strictly ARTC and Federal Minister in Barnacle Joyce needs to get involved and direct ARTC to get the track  back up to scratch. ARTC are very poor business people now the year round traffics are there you need to restore the 80 km/h line speed to generate the new and extra traffic and in doing so ARTC earn  greater revenue in increased track access fees. Increased revenue pays to main the track. It s NOT rocket science.

As for both sides of politics trying to score cheap poiints , the Aussie public has had an absolute GUT full of those kindergarten games .
If (and I don't doubt that it is) why doesn't Victoria simply launch legal action for breach of contract?
If nothing else it would show that we mean business and would hopefully set alight to some ARTC tail feathers.
YM-Mundrabilla
Because the Victorian government doesn't give a flying wossname about rail freight, and only gets ARTC to "maintain" the track in an attempt to avoid responsibility for its condition.
  Y115 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Portland
Looks like no trains for current ship (she's departing today).

Graincorp ship due 17th Dec for 60,000t of barley.  Everything confirmed except for name of ship.  Hope we get a train or two with that one.
  Y115 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Portland
Graincorp ship confirmed for 18th December, taking 66,000t of barley.

Port person said should be trains from Sunday (not confirmed yet).
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
66,000 tonnes equates to around 33 trains at, say, 2,000 tonnes/train (40 wagons * around 50t/wagon).

There must be a hell of a lot of grain on road?

Where have my calculations gone wrong? What have I failed to take into account? Rolling Eyes
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
66,000 tonnes equates to around 33 trains at, say, 2,000 tonnes/train (40 wagons * around 50t/wagon).

There must be a hell of a lot of grain on road?

Where have my calculations gone wrong? What have I failed to take into account? Rolling Eyes
YM-Mundrabilla
I'd say at a ruff guess YM the train is only supplementing the trucks, there's been grain literally none stop from the Wimmera or somewhere North of Cavendish,  all year regardless of whether there's a boat coming or not.

BigShunter.
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
66,000 tonnes equates to around 33 trains at, say, 2,000 tonnes/train (40 wagons * around 50t/wagon).

There must be a hell of a lot of grain on road?

Where have my calculations gone wrong? What have I failed to take into account? Rolling Eyes
I'd say at a ruff guess YM the train is only supplementing the trucks, there's been grain literally none stop from the Wimmera or somewhere North of Cavendish,  all year regardless of whether there's a boat coming or not.

BigShunter.
BigShunter
Thanks BS.
  Y115 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Portland
Have seen grain trucks every time I'm out taking truck photos.

Trains put back another week so none before 11th.

Glad I have other interests, these trains would drive me mad otherwise.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Glad I have other interests, these trains would drive me mad otherwise.
Y115
Lots of ships in various configurations.

And the sand barge.
  Y115 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Portland
Crew car is back, port person said train on Saturday.

Fingers crossed.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Now the restrictions are off I would like to organise setting up the camera for Portland.

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