Ararat to Dunolly via Maryborough (SG)

 
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
What is the history of this line being guage converted? I know it was done in 1995 as part of the Western Standard Guage project but why? When was it last used by an SG train? Was it ever used by an SG train? Was it part of a bigger plan to Standardise all of the way up to Mildura?

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  duttonbay Minister for Railways

As I recall it, the stated purpose was to allow grain to be exported through Portland. Once Maroona-Portland became SG that port was cut off from the BG grain routes. SG to Dunolly allowed (in theory) BG trains to unload into the silos there, and be reloaded into SG hoppers. Whether that actually happened, I cannot answer...
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
As I recall it, the stated purpose was to allow grain to be exported through Portland. Once Maroona-Portland became SG that port was cut off from the BG grain routes. SG to Dunolly allowed (in theory) BG trains to unload into the silos there, and be reloaded into SG hoppers. Whether that actually happened, I cannot answer...
duttonbay

I have been told Dunnolly is being used this season for grain so who knows if it will go to Portland by rail or by Truck?

It could of course be taken to Geelong on BG
  ed31880 Train Controller

Have you seen the condition of the line from maryborough to Ararat?  Plenty of over grown trees and I think there even trees growing between the 4ft in some places plus the level crossings would most likely need upgrading. Also the wagons that are stored near Ararat would need to be moved and there is a 2 metre piece of the standard gauge 3rd rail missing at the junction to the castlemaine line which needs to be replaced
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
So it was planned to be used for grain, now while it is unlikely to be used anytime soon due to its poor condition the question still stands, was it is ever used by an SG train?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
So it was planned to be used for grain, now while it is unlikely to be used anytime soon due to its poor condition the question still stands, was it is ever used by an SG train?
Gman_86

Not to worry.  Sounds like most of the Victorian network Smile
  stuie83 Train Controller

Location: Stawell
There is a lot of track washed out near Amphitheatre, take a lot of work to get trains passed Elmhurst.
this answers was it used for SG trains and found a photo of a sg ballast, but i wouldn't know when it last used.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFAXgKUdHbY
  big_al Junior Train Controller

Location: Swan Hill
Yes SG trains did come to Dunolly, in late 1997/early 1998 I think it was, we were passing through Dunolly and went to the Station and saw a SG train stabilised on the SG loading siding.

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