Long Island steel

 
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Hi guys,

Can anyone shed some light on the running of the Long Island steel train? I seem to have the worst luck getting any photos of it! Take today, for example: just missed two light engines on the down movement at Tyabb at 13:15, and expecting them to return through Tyabb at 16:30 I returned at 15:40 I waited around until 17:30...and nothing! No sight of it.

Any tips or feedback on it would be greatly appreciated! This isn't the first time I've tried to photograph it, without any success....

Cheers guys

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  Polar Tiger Chief Commissioner

Location: FL390
9556 certainly went through Richmond on time this evening at around 1850, I can only imagine it departed LI on an earlier path (probably 1455) but then sat in the Caulfield through siding for longer than normal.
The scheduled weekday path ex LI is about 1630, and on weekends about 1745.
  james13 Chief Commissioner

Location: At the Skunk Works
Today's train was on time out of Frankston on the down at 1:30pm, up came back at 5:00pm once again through Frankston.

Decending Baxter Bank.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE8speKFDQc

  pcm Station Master

Looks like the BLs are the regular performers, they were on the train last Saturday too.

Cheers Peter
  Ads Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Often sits in the siding at Caulfield until 18:35 most weekdays. Easy photograph the up train in the metro area once daylight savings returns.
  james13 Chief Commissioner
  james13 Chief Commissioner

Location: At the Skunk Works
Here's some video of the train climbing Baxter Bank and later near Seaford/Carrum.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBDNFNcXIZQ
  XAM2175 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Glasgow
BL29+X37 just headed out on the down, through FSS at about 2345.
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
Saw the BL & X on the down through Carrum around 13:00 on 25/7/13.
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere

I seem to have the worst luck getting any photos of it!
"MGH"


You and me both and I live within 1km of the line!  I lost count of how many times the trains came through slightly ahead of schedule when I was "on time" or something less usual was on and I didn't have a camera.  I could suggest that I gave up using Coles in town because of the number of times I kicked myself as the steelie rolled through just as I drove past but in truth I simply use another supermarket nearer to home Wink

The night trains are notorious for running somewhat earlier than timetabled though of course will be perfectly to time or even late on the nights you're not out there waiting!
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
Saw the BL & X on the down through Carrum around 13:00 on 25/7/13.
73LJWhiteSL

BL & X on the up Through Carrum at 16:30 on 28/07/13.

Can't be too hard guys, I've stumbled across it twice in the last week. First time while at Carrum beach with my girlfriend, before asking the question, the second time after checking out a Reception Venue, with my fiancé.

Didn't have the camera with me either time. Rolling EyesLaughing
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
BL & X on the up Through Carrum at 16:30 on 28/07/13.

Can't be too hard guys, I've stumbled across it twice in the last week. First time while at Carrum beach with my girlfriend, before asking the question, the second time after checking out a Reception Venue, with my fiancé.

Didn't have the camera with me either time. Rolling EyesLaughing
73LJWhiteSL
Congratulations.

It's funny, most couples have a song to remind them of that special moment, you will have the steel train.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Didn't have the camera with me either time. Rolling EyesLaughing
73LJWhiteSL
As an outsider, might I suggest that if you'd rushed off after the train at the expense of your significant other, the answer to your question might have been very different? Laughing
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
Thanks guys. She is quite understanding, but I showed restraint and didn't foam everywhere. Need to save that for more appropriate times. Smile

I've been meaning to chase this train for years, only done it once or twice before.
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Thanks guys. She is quite understanding, but I showed restraint and didn't foam everywhere. Need to save that for more appropriate times. Smile

I've been meaning to chase this train for years, only done it once or twice before.
73LJWhiteSL
I wish you all the luck in the world - both with the missus and the train chasing! I've chased - and caught - one, but not the other!
  Casper1975 Station Master

Location: Ouyen, Victoria
I lived along the road which ran along the line In Ormond & I always loved seeing to the train go through Ormond station.
  Boss Chief Commissioner

Location: Caulfield Line
Today's Long Island steelie thru Armadale at 11.37am.

Bl24+ BL29 plus 27 wagons.

The last 3-4 were empty with two of them apparently with square wheels.
  v-locity Station Master

Location: The Frankston Line
I know this isn't about Long Island steel but didn't know where to stick it..A couple of week ends ago i had the pleasure of taking the Stony Point train as far as Hastings. But i don't for the life of me remember pulling into Bitten Station..Is that station now dropped since Peninsula link?
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

I know this isn't about Long Island steel but didn't know where to stick it..A couple of week ends ago i had the pleasure of taking the Stony Point train as far as Hastings. But i don't for the life of me remember pulling into Bitten Station..Is that station now dropped since Peninsula link?
"v-locity"


Bittern station is the next station past Hastings towards Stony Point...........
  v-locity Station Master

Location: The Frankston Line
Bittern station is the next station past Hastings towards Stony Point...........
trainbrain
LOL ok that would be why then, sorry for that had a bit of a brain drain there and its been a long time since I've been down that way.
Anyway thanks
Mark
  Boss Chief Commissioner

Location: Caulfield Line
Long Island Steel thru Armadale just after Noon.

BL29 / BL34 with 34 wagons.

About 6 of those wagons dispersed thru the train had major flats that could be easily heard from over 50 metres away.

Not much seems to have changed since my post of 20 August.
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Well, I've been waiting for it in Somerville for well over an hour. I'd say I missed it. I have the worst luck with this train!
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
I know the steel mill has been at Hastings for a long time (and hopefully it will survive the current problems that are causing it to make a loss).

But in the olden days was The Steelie ever hauled by L class or E class electric locomotives once it got to the wires at Frankston, or has it always been diesel hauled the whole way?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
I know the steel mill has been at Hastings for a long time (and hopefully it will survive the current problems that are causing it to make a loss).

But in the olden days was The Steelie ever hauled by L class or E class electric locomotives once it got to the wires at Frankston, or has it always been diesel hauled the whole way?
Bogong

I would hate to say but the future of the mill looks bleak (so much Imported steel from Thailand and Taiwan coming Into Melbourne)

The mill set up would probably be the starting base for the new deep water port proposed there (but I don't think the current Governments grand plans for the Port of Hastings will come to function, the "West Port" just ticks more boxes In terms of good transport connections)

Brown coal from Latrobe Valley being exported Is just someone's pipe dream, massive overheads would have to be paid for before any exporting could commence (that's If there Is even a market for low value coal)

The mill siding went In In 1969, many trains worked through to the mill from Albury and Adelaide, so 44 km's of electric traction would hardly be worth the effort. (never seen pictures of L Classes hauling heavy goods on the Frankston line, the L Class didn't perform very well on heavy goods because of their light axel load)
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
I know the steel mill has been at Hastings for a long time (and hopefully it will survive the current problems that are causing it to make a loss).

But in the olden days was The Steelie ever hauled by L class or E class electric locomotives once it got to the wires at Frankston, or has it always been diesel hauled the whole way?
Bogong
After looking back through dad's photos from the 70s and 80s I've not seen electric locos on it.

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