ARG/QR Locos and movements

 
  P2017 Chief Commissioner

Location: Geraldton
Most likely cheaper to buy new rollingstock. Why use wagons if they have been sitting around for many years. No doubt would have many issues.
Thats if Aurizon were to pick up extra contracts down the track.

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  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Saw P2517 yesterday stalled out on the Pingelly bank heading north with a loaded grain train (mix of CBH wagons and ARG wagons). They look to have doubled the hill, as I came back across the loco moving the last ten wagons north through Pingelly to Brookton, where the rest of the train was stabled in the loop. Is this standard with the one loco on the loaded trains heading north from Narrogin?
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
Saw P2517 yesterday stalled out on the Pingelly bank heading north with a loaded grain train (mix of CBH wagons and ARG wagons). They look to have doubled the hill, as I came back across the loco moving the last ten wagons north through Pingelly to Brookton, where the rest of the train was stabled in the loop. Is this standard with the one loco on the loaded trains heading north from Narrogin?
Bulbous

Usually two locos Bulbous, P2517 and 2511.  Sometimes one is detached though for servicing requirements.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

Thanks for the info 8888, much appreciated.

I went through Merredin yesterday afternoon, and for the first time, the yard was empty except for one lonely LZ class. it really did look a bit bleak without any wagons at all in the yard. The same with Avon Yard, with more than half of the wagons stored there having been removed. There is heaps of them sitting in the Avon Blast and Paint yard on the other side of the Northam Bypass (Great Eastern Highway) on the Toodyay-Northam Road, mainly SG wagons, with a few of the NG wagons scattered about the place.

There was also a single NG grain wagon (XU?) sitting in Beacon for a while at the west end of the station loop, but that was also gone yesterday. Track crews were working between Bencubbin and Muckinbudin too.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

DAZ1901 was working a ballast train south of the Avon River bridge in Northam this morning, and the tamper and regulator were working down in Beverley, but were then stabled in the York grain loop at about 11am.
  darsamalx Locomotive Fireman

DAZ1901 has had a bit of TLC at Forrestfield and been released in Aurizon colours as of today.
  DounutCereal Chief Train Controller

Location: Who knows.
DAZ1901 has had a bit of TLC at Forrestfield and been released in Aurizon colours as of today.
darsamalx

Now that's interesting, I'd have thought they'd be getting rid of the DAZ's and would be wanting to spend as little as they could on them. They must be planning on keeping 1901 for a while longer.
  DBclass Chief Commissioner

Location: Western Australia
Now that's interesting, I'd have thought they'd be getting rid of the DAZ's and would be wanting to spend as little as they could on them. They must be planning on keeping 1901 for a while longer.
DounutCereal

Maybe for infrastructure trains ?

Vacuum brakes ? The rail train is vacuum braked I think.
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
One of the rail sets is still vacuum braked, as is the set used for sleeper laying.  The main idea for painting DAZ1901 however would seem to be for hauling the Anzac centenary special train on 31 October, in conjunction with Hotham Valley.
  ALCO4401 Train Controller

Location: On the Branch waiting for a train order, west of Tarana
3120 will haul 3119,3105,3113 & 3116 to Avon Yard today to stow all 5, train number 6061, tabled out at 09:30 am. A sad day.
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
LZ3119 didn't travel in the end with the other four, had a few problems.  Another three L class look like finishing up next week.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
3120 will haul 3119,3105,3113 & 3116 to Avon Yard today to stow all 5, train number 6061, tabled out at 09:30 am. A sad day.
ALCO4401

why are people so sad about these buckets of smeg being stored. park them all up I reckon. the L class are probably my favourite loco to drive but they are way past their useby date and should be retired. I think maybe one or two of them should be preserved and a couple kept for the shunt jobs at west Kalgoorlie and Forrestfield but get rid of the rest of them.
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
For the record, these L class remain in Aurizon service.

L3108, 3110, 3115, 3118.
LZ3103, 3106, 3107, 3109, 3111, 3112, 3114, 3117.
LQ3121.

Thirteen of 26 which Westrail had, including the ex-Comalco L276.
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
Out of interest, has someone got a complete list of what is currently in storage at Forrestfield.
I noticed last week there is still 1 DFZ at Geraldton. Is this the only one still out of storage?

I guessing its all of the following
AB
AD
DAZ except 1901
DD
DFZ
1251

Any further advances?

Cheers
  21C123 Chief Train Controller

Location: In the inspection pit checking the "bicycle chains"
One of the rail sets is still vacuum braked, as is the set used for sleeper laying. The main idea for painting DAZ1901 however would seem to be for hauling the Anzac centenary special train on 31 October, in conjunction with Hotham Valley.
8888

I have only just noticed this post from 8888 and was interested to discover that vacuum brakes haven't completely disappeared from WA just yet.

Can anyone provide a list of which locomotives (other than preserved/heritage items) are still fitted with vacuum brake controls? Are the infrastructure sets that 8888 mentions the only non "heritage" trains still operating with vacuum brakes?

Thanks in advance for any updates/information!
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
Next curiosity if anyone wants to answer.

Today I noticed a rake of fuel tanks at Kwinana Yard. Are they loading or unloading fuel down there?

Cheers
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
I have only just noticed this post from 8888 and was interested to discover that vacuum brakes haven't completely disappeared from WA just yet.

Can anyone provide a list of which locomotives (other than preserved/heritage items) are still fitted with vacuum brake controls? Are the infrastructure sets that 8888 mentions the only non "heritage" trains still operating with vacuum brakes?

Thanks in advance for any updates/information!
21C123

Of the active main line loco fleet, the DAZ and DBZ class locos still have their vacuum brakes.  These two sets are the only vacuum braked fleets left.  Aurizon still have some QUA wagons in the wagon fleet, but they are not used now for main line running.

Hotham Valley and Bennett Brook still use vacuum braked trains.
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
Next curiosity if anyone wants to answer.

Today I noticed a rake of fuel tanks at Kwinana Yard. Are they loading or unloading fuel down there?

Cheers
Wallip

Fuel is loaded at Kwinana by Caltex.

Simon
  8888 Chief Commissioner

Location: Shire of Mundaring
For the record, these L class remain in Aurizon service.

L3108, 3110, 3115, 3118.
LZ3103, 3106, 3107, 3109, 3111, 3112, 3114, 3117.
LQ3121.

Thirteen of 26 which Westrail had, including the ex-Comalco L276.
8888

L3118 joined the stored list today, so 12 remain.....
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
Fuel is loaded at Kwinana by Caltex.

Simon
8888

That is something I never knew. Obviously the fueling at BP in Kewdale is well known.

Is this something new, or been going for years and i have just never seen it, despite all the local Kwinana to Forrestfield trip trains I have seen over the past 15 years.

Cheers
  21C123 Chief Train Controller

Location: In the inspection pit checking the "bicycle chains"
Thanks very much to 8888 for the update on vacuum brakes.
  ALCO4401 Train Controller

Location: On the Branch waiting for a train order, west of Tarana
Out of interest, has someone got a complete list of what is currently in storage at Forrestfield.
I noticed last week there is still 1 DFZ at Geraldton. Is this the only one still out of storage?

I guessing its all of the following
AB
AD
DAZ except 1901
DD
DFZ
1251

Any further advances?

Cheers
Wallip

List of what is at F/Field. NG
DBZ2301
DBZ2306
1251
AB1501
AB1502
A1202
DFZ2401
DFZ2404
DFZ2403
DAZ1902
DAZ1905
DAZ1903
DAZ1904
DAZ1906
D1562
DD2357
DD2359
DD2358
DD2356
DD2355
AD1521
AD1520
NJ1605
NJ1602

SG loco's
527
42211
DC2215
DC2203
42209
L3102
DC2201
L3118
DC2213 (stowed condemned wheels 7/1192014)
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

South West sightings 8/11/2014

Two DBZs were shut down at Picton in the afternoon (both in ARG orange) while a P (ARG orange) and an S (ARG yellow) were shut down at Collie. ACN 4142 headed a 44 wagon empty alumina set up the hill to Worsely at 13.30.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

The two P class (2511 and 2517) on lease to CBH were shut down at Brookton grain bin with a bunch of CBHN and XU wagons in the sidings this morning.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Albany sightings 12/11/2014

DBZs 2310 and 2312 topping and tailing the woodchip train in the Albany yard while CBH016 was shut down with a short rake of grain hoppers nearby at 15.30

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