Freight trains breaking down

 
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Hi all with the amount of freight trains that break down or have "mechanical issues" Would it be a fair call to say that in some sectors it would be revenue before maintenance i.e "Well our Clientel need the product" So they just keep on running them and let minor issues turn into major ones - Once again I am not suggesting that this goes on everywhere - Just your thoughts,


P.S I am speaking just from a casual observer's viewpoint


Kind Regards

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  42101 Banned

Location: Banned
Lots and lots of causes...can be anything from a broken auto coupler knuckle through to a complete power unit failure...even brand new units fail.
  2001 The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
"Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong"
  42101 Banned

Location: Banned
"Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong"
"2001"


2001
Thanks heaps for that link 8)  Very Happy  it was some great reading indeed....pretty much covers israilfans question nicely. LaughingLaughing
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Yes I suppose Murphy applies his law to freight operators as well  LaughingLaughing -

P.S By the way greg and others it is Lsrailfan not I not that it matters tho  8)
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Trains are also running a lot faster, longer and further than before as well so this means that failures tend to stick out like a sore thumb. In the old state owned systems they were not going any great distances really, nor were most of them fast or long, today a wagon can go from Brisbane to Perth or Darwin that is a hell of a lot further than to say Albury or Broken Hill!

Locomotives are the same they are now running huge mileages that could only be dreamt of years back!
  ang71 Station Master

Location: LOCOMOTIVE DRIVER
IF THE WHEELS ARE STILL TURNIN KEEP IT GOING!!!.THATS MANAGEMENTS POINT OF VIEW.THEIR RUN IN TO THE GROUND WHEN THEY FAIL THEY PUT A BANDAID ON IT.KEEP IT GOIN. THEY SAY!!!HALF THE FREIGHT LOCOS RUNNIN IN  QLD SHOULD HAVE BEEN BURIED YEARS AGO,WONDER WHEN QR NATIONAL SELLS IF ANNA WILL OFFER A 30 DAY WARRANTY GUARANTEED TO BREAK DOWN!!! WITH THESE LOCOS.
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
ang71,
Using Caps Lock is like running into a crowded room with a megaphone and announcing your message. While your message may be valid, take a minute or 2 to read through the rules of the forum, especially the grammar sections. There are a few users who may find you method of posting less then favourable
  574M White Guru

Location: Shepparton
IF THE WHEELS ARE STILL TURNIN KEEP IT GOING!!!.THATS MANAGEMENTS POINT OF VIEW.THEIR RUN IN TO THE GROUND WHEN THEY FAIL THEY PUT A BANDAID ON IT.KEEP IT GOIN. THEY SAY!!!HALF THE FREIGHT LOCOS RUNNIN IN  QLD SHOULD HAVE BEEN BURIED YEARS AGO,WONDER WHEN QR NATIONAL SELLS IF ANNA WILL OFFER A 30 DAY WARRANTY GUARANTEED TO BREAK DOWN!!! WITH THESE LOCOS.
"ang71"


You keep shouting like that and I reckon you won't be here much longer, laddie.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
In many transport circles there is a saying "while the wheels are turning, the dollars we are earning".
  X_Class Junior Train Controller

Location: Hunter Valley
Since splitting everything up and privatising, the maintanance has become almost non existent. Engines are getting older and getting looked after less - not a good combination.
  tank78 Junior Train Controller

Location: Making the red dust fly in the Pilbara!
Whilst working for a particular rail company back in 2004/2005 the company had a management love in where they were working out how to save on running costs. The solution...SPEND LESS ON SCHEDULED AND PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE!

However, fast forward six months...massive loco reliability issues, cancelled trains, irate crews, maintenance cost rising.

All of a sudden the company ditched their spend less mentality and started pumping money back into the locos and they continued to do it and solved alot of their issues. They then when down the path of driver fuel saving strategies and found they saved more money that way even with the money they were spending on maintenance.

Jump ahead to today and the company that I currently work with have a different issue in that they have no real workshop to do work out of, and are limited in their access to their third party service providers workshop.

Makes for some interesting drives when trains end up fully laden with traction motors cut out due to poor communication. It certainly means you have to know how to manage your train running and know where you are on track!

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