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.