Bad day or so for GWA, GWN003 involved in an incident at Whyalla as wellI hope it's not a bad one, it's only new!
The original loco shed at Port Lincoln is being demolished today. The shed was erected in 1907, and like the carriage shed which succumbed to high winds a couple of years ago, it had originally been in use at Kingston SE. So it was somewhere around 130 years old, but had become unstable and dangerous. GWA considered rebuilding it, but as it is surplus to needs the safest option was to demolish it.
850's heavy overhaul is progressing well. A temporary "paint shop" (a large marquee over a steel frame) has been erected behind the workshops building, and 850 is now in there for repainting into GWA colours. It is expected back in traffic within a month.
I will be over on the Eyre Peninsula Monday and Tuesday next week, does anyone know what movements will going on those days, plus what times does the Gypo run in and out of Ceduna?
At the moment there are two grain trains out of Port Lincoln Mon-Fri, and occasionally one or two at weekends. One leaves roughly 8pm, usually for Wudinna or Kimba, reaching there around 6am. After loading, it returns and reaches Port Lincoln late afternoon/early evening. The second train leaves Port Lincoln towards midnight and runs to a closer destination, usually Lock or Rudall, and gets back to Port Lincoln mid-afternoon. All times highly variable, of course, as are destinations. Power for both trains is currently one 1200 and two 830s/900s.
The gypsum train does three round trips per day, very roughly 4am, 11am and 6pm ex Thevenard. Runs to Kevin, loads and returns within 4-5 hours. Again very approximate. Currently 846, 902, 1601 and either 1603 or 1606 are at Thevenard for the gypo.
I hope this helps.
Grain used to be shipped out of Thevenard, is this still happening? It has been said that Thevenard is too shallow for the larger vessels now favoured.
Rail used to bring the grain up (down in rail parlance) to Thevenard, how does this grain, if any get to Thevenard or is it trucked to Wudinna or other?
There seem to be more grain carried now than in the days of steam.
Another question, any idea when the next movement will be between Wudinna and Theverard? I know only loco transfer are done on this section now.
Will there be much running on the Eyre Peninsula this Sunday and Monday?
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