Port Lincoln notes

 
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Will there be much running on the Eyre Peninsula this Sunday and Monday?

Thanks
AN830

Was away over the weekend, sorry for the late response. There should be a grainy heading out of Port Lincoln this evening and another early morning, destinations unknown. The gypo at Thevenard should be on its regular 3 trips a day cycle.

Cheers,
Peter

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  hosk1956 Deputy Commissioner

Location: no where near gunzels
Was away over the weekend, sorry for the late response. There should be a grainy heading out of Port Lincoln this evening and another early morning, destinations unknown. The gypo at Thevenard should be on its regular 3 trips a day cycle.

Cheers,
Peter
pjknife
You got home all right then, did you wear the print of that book? LOL
Were you pre aware that the  Train Hobby "Eyre Peninsula Railways" book was coming out Peter? that one took me by surprise along with South Australian Rail Heritage Journal, #1 and 2, came home with plenty of reading this year.

Wayne
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
The last Eyre Peninsula grain trains for the 2012/13 season returned to Port Lincoln last night. Over the last couple of weeks the movements have been irregular, with both trains remaining at places such as Kyancutta and Kimba for a couple of days at a time while the remaining grain was manually cleared from silos.

During the grain shutdown the hopper fleet will be cleaned and fumigated. Rakes of 35 at a time will be moved to Cummins for this to occur.

A loco transfer to Thevenard should be leaving Port Lincoln this morning. 905, 848, 850 and 1601 are going west and "taxi" loco 905 will bring 902 and another unit back for workshops attention.
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Were you pre aware that the  Train Hobby "Eyre Peninsula Railways" book was coming out Peter? that one took me by surprise along with South Australian Rail Heritage Journal, #1 and 2, came home with plenty of reading this year.
hosk1956
Hi Wayne, yes, I was well aware of the Train Hobby book and was eagerly anticipating its release. It's a really good selection of images, and is a welcome addition to the published literature on this great little corner of the railway world!

Peter
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Peter

How are the drivers deployed while there are no grain movements?

Do any move across to Adelaide?.

Ian
  Railwayfan Train Controller

Location: By a Railway
Hi Ian,
As far as I know, crews live here permantly (or base themselves here) and work the trains only on the EP. They can be shifted in necessary to work up in Thevenard if required for small amounts of time, however, a transfer would be required to work elsewhere. Although, they go to Adelaide fo training like the Pt Augusta crews have in the past.
Nathan
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Grain began moving by rail again into Port Lincoln a couple of weeks ago. Harvest is virtually complete in the northern Eyre Peninsula and West Coast areas, but is only just getting under way further south. At this stage grain is being railed from Wudinna, Kimba and Rudall. The 'daylight saving' times are in effect, with early- and mid-morning departures from Port Lincoln, returning overnight.

848, 1601 and 1603 came back from Thevenard last week, leaving 846, 850, 902 and 1606 for the gypo. 850 is suffering ground relays, so has spent more time there not running than running lately.

1204 is currently in the workshop for engine and alternator work, and isn't expected back in traffic for several weeks. In the meantime one grainy is running with quad locos, and left this morning with 1601/1603 back-to-back leading two 830s.

842 has been 'mothballed' and currently sits off the turntable at Port Lincoln.

Whyalla hopper refurbishments continue at Port Lincoln. RSK 104 is under way, the last of the RSKs to be done in the current program. One of the HNKs (ex SAR HN) arrived on Tuesday for work, and other HNKs will be coming down for work over the next two months.

Cheers,
Peter