Special Evacuation Train from Townsville

 
  daviddowd Locomotive Driver

I believe a special evacuation train has been formed and is now headed for safety full of evacuees. Tickets are only $20. Personally, congratulations to QR for such a fantastic idea and implementing a special train at such short notice.

Here is a quite from the QR website.


The special Queensland Rail service evacuating customers southbound from Townsville will stop at Proserpine station at about 8pm. Tickets are $20 each and are very limited. Customers in Proserpine/ Airlie Beach area must call 1800 872 467 to make a booking.

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  andrewstrains Assistant Commissioner

Location: Townsville, Where else but QLD
There is no "special" train its the tilt running on normal timetable. It was the 2nd last train to leave Cairns today, followed cloesy by a PN train, then that was preaty much it for the few days.

However I would also congratulate QR on this discount ticket price. Maybe letting us locals know via local radio etc would be nice....

Batterind down the hatches
Andrew
  daviddowd Locomotive Driver

Oh, from the pictures on the ABC the train on platform looked like a normal loco hauled set.
  daviddowd Locomotive Driver

Just called QR Rail Media in Brisbane and they have confirmed that an additional evacuation train has been formed and is now traveling towards Brisbane. This is in addition to the normal Tilt Train service having previously departed earlier today.
  andrewstrains Assistant Commissioner

Location: Townsville, Where else but QLD
well there you go! maybe the inlander set headed south or the nth bound mail from this morning
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Reported elsewhere that this was the Inlander set.
  phil_48 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Wynnum North
Although I did not see it, I heard the familiar ' Tilt Whistle ' at the local level crossing late yesterday afternoon..
  Huggies Chief Commissioner

Location: DFC Land :(
The Yasilander arrived at Roma St at 1423 with 2363 on the lead.
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
Fantastic gesture Queensland Rail.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Fantastic gesture Queensland Rail.
"Big J"


And they probably wanted to get this train set out of the area. Probably won't have tracks to run on for a week or so.

Regards
Shane
  Expost Chief Commissioner

Im wondering if I was on the most northerly operational train in Qld late yesterday afternoon. Coalie loading out of Lake Vermont, just north of Dysart. I know the Goonyella system was shut down, and expect the Newlands was as well. I cant imagine too much was running on the NCL north of Rocky.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Im wondering if I was on the most northerly operational train in Qld late yesterday afternoon. Coalie loading out of Lake Vermont, just north of Dysart. I know the Goonyella system was shut down, and expect the Newlands was as well. I cant imagine too much was running on the NCL north of Rocky.
"Expost"


At least it takes the pressure off the ports for a few days as the coal ships would have up'd anchor and left. Nothing worse than bring on an empty drum in a massive sea.

But they will be back.

Regards
Shane
  A7EL Station Master

Location: At my desk
The last train on the Goonyella system was EW56 which ran from Jilalan to 4 road Coppabella to be stowed, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
  Expost Chief Commissioner

I suppose I am being pedantic. I have always assumed that the Blackwater system ends at Gregory junction, and then becomes the Goonyella system. I work on that assumption as at the Gregory starter, heading north, is where the mainline radio changes channel from 82 to 83.
Additionally, once we "turn the corner" we become a down train again, with the appropriate change to train number. However, the KM pegs continue to count up to the Oaky Creek angle. At that point, it starts to count down towards the north.
So, when I said in my previous post that the Goonyella system was closed at that time, I referred to trains coming from the north, Coppabella and Jillalan. The Blackwater system was still up and running, in a similar way to how, I believe, PN were coming down from the north to Yan Yan, and setting back into Kestral then back to Yan Yan, to be the right way round for the trip north again, during the blackwater system shutdown due to the flooding.

We were 9F18 departing Lake Vermont at approx 1700 hrs, 02/02/11, and as far as I know, there was another LV train ready to head up to follow us through.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Any later rail movements at Mt Isa or the Curry or similar north western locations?

Im wondering if I was on the most northerly operational train in Qld late yesterday afternoon. Coalie loading out of Lake Vermont, just north of Dysart. I know the Goonyella system was shut down, and expect the Newlands was as well. I cant imagine too much was running on the NCL north of Rocky.
"Expost"
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
I believe a special evacuation train has been formed and is now headed for safety full of evacuees. Tickets are only $20. Personally, congratulations to QR for such a fantastic idea and implementing a special train at such short notice.
"daviddowd"


WOW.  A railway company which thinks outside the box. Congratulations QR.

--Bill
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
I believe a special evacuation train has been formed and is now headed for safety full of evacuees. Tickets are only $20. Personally, congratulations to QR for such a fantastic idea and implementing a special train at such short notice.
"daviddowd"


Eventually the train has to return north for its regular runs to Mt Isa and some of the passengers need to get back north and home to check damage and talk to the insurance and repair folk.

Therefore there is a need for a similar Yasilander train northbound.
  petey3801 Chief Commissioner

Location: On the rails
I believe a special evacuation train has been formed and is now headed for safety full of evacuees. Tickets are only $20. Personally, congratulations to QR for such a fantastic idea and implementing a special train at such short notice.
"daviddowd"


Eventually the train has to return north for its regular runs to Mt Isa and some of the passengers need to get back north and home to check damage and talk to the insurance and repair folk.

Therefore there is a need for a similar Yasilander train northbound.
"petan"


Which is exactly what is going to/has happened. (can't remember when it was due to depart Brisbane)
  Huggies Chief Commissioner

Location: DFC Land :(
I sighted the Inlander set heading north this morning through Northgate with 2363 on the lead again.
  bobcarey Assistant Commissioner

Location: offrail
Travel train timetable for service alterations/resumptions.

  http://www.queenslandrail.com.au/RailServices/Traveltrain/AlterationsDisruptions/Pages/ServiceChanges.aspx

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