Rolleston Electrification completed

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

This should free up the remaining 4000s at Callemondah for the Mt Isa and Newlands lines...

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  Expost Deputy Commissioner

Errr, No, as 4000/4100s will still be needed for Minerva, and the Moura line.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Errr, No, as 4000/4100s will still be needed for Minerva, and the Moura line.
Expost


The 25-ish Callemondah 4100s should be able to cover Moura and Miverva at a stretch. Electrics to Rolleston should free up at least 12 diesels, and with Pring and Stuart both screaming for extra locos I think most/all of the 4000s will head north and Callemondah will keep the 4100s. Some of the stored 3551s will probably return to service to fill in the blanks in the electric roster...it already looks like 3800s will be running to Rolleston.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
What is the total distance of the electrification project ?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

What is the total distance of the electrification project ?
freightgate


According to the fact sheet it's 107km (but that may include the section already electrified to the Kinrola mine)

Fact sheet and map link here...

http://www.aurizon.com.au/Downloads/AU_FS_BauhiniaElect_29%20Jul%2013_MR.PDF
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Queensland really know how to make these projects happen.

16 months or that length is a great achievement.

If only Victoria could get it act together. I recall there being a peoposal for the 1988 bicentenary of Australia to electrify the Sydney to Melbourne main.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Queensland really know how to make these projects happen.

16 months or that length is a great achievement.

If only Victoria could get it act together. I recall there being a peoposal for the 1988 bicentenary of Australia to electrify the Sydney to Melbourne main.
freightgate


And privately funded too - it's probably the longest non-government freight electrification ever undertaken in Australia, and possibly one of the longest privately funded freight electrification projects undertaken in the world since the late 1930s (open to a lot of correction there).
  Expost Deputy Commissioner

Total length is around the 107km mark. This doesn't include Rangal to Kinrola Junction, as the Km count starts for the branch at Kinrola junction. Actually it would be about 4km longer than that, as the passing loops at Memooloo and Kenmare are also electrified.

Unfortunately, it looks like we will see both 35s and 38s heading to Rolleston, as DTC screens have been fitted to both. The screen in the 38s is OK, but the ones in the 35s are a real PITA, requiring, as far as I am concerned, pulling up completely for any DTC work, due to their position on the dashboard, and the inability of the second person to confirm anything on the screen from anywhere apart from the drivers seat. IMO, they should have put the same separate screens that the 4100s have in them, on the 35s.

The map in the above link isn't quite correct either. Another feeder station has been built at Kinrola, just past the junction. Its supplied from the Powerlink substation at Rangal.
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
Is ATP fitted to the 35's & 38's that have DTC?  I'm wondering if the DTC on the Rolleston line has similar protections to that on the Mt Isa line.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The flow on effects of the electrification is now being felt in North Queensland. Several Callemondah 4100s are currently being transferred to Pring and Stuart is picking up the Pring based 4000s and a couple of 4000s from Callemondah...the latter should free up a few more 2800s from the Mt Isa line to be moved to the North Coast Line.
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
The flow on effects of the electrification is now being felt in North Queensland. Several Callemondah 4100s are currently being transferred to Pring and Stuart is picking up the Pring based 4000s and a couple of 4000s from Callemondah...the latter should free up a few more 2800s from the Mt Isa line to be moved to the North Coast Line.
Sulla1

How many 2800's are being returned and where will they be based?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

How many 2800's are being returned and where will they be based?
NSWGR8022
The 2800s will still be based at Stuart (Townsville) - all of the QLD based 2800s have been allocated to Stuart/Townsville since their introduction in 1995, they just won't be needed as much for the Mt Isa line. I believe the four Pring 4000s have/or are moving to Stuart, and at least one Callemondah 4000 has arrived too, so that's at least five 2800s potentially now freed up from the Mt Isa line workings. Currently there's between five or seven 2800s needed for the remaining Mt Isa line services not using 4000s, so this round of loco transfers has the potential to end regular 2800 workings on the Mt Isa line...but they'll probably still show up on cattle and work trains.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Does 2XXX class (apart from 2800) still work on the NCL and Mt Isa lines?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Currently there's between five or seven 2800s needed for the remaining Mt Isa line services not using 4000s, so this round of loco transfers has the potential to end regular 2800 workings on the Mt Isa line...but they'll probably still show up on cattle and work trains.
Sulla1

What is the regularity of cattle trains on the NCL and that of the Mount Isa line?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

There's an Aurizon 2470/2170 based at Cloncurry as the shunt loco and is transferred on the 9M54/9255 freights. Aurizon 2170s still handle the Inlander and were used on cattle trains occasionally last year...not sure if that will happen this year. The last couple of weeks have seen a couple of 2170s showing up on 9M55.

During the cattle season (March to December) the Mt Isa line usually sees two loaded cattle trains a week from Cloncurry and two from Julia Creek. The North Coast Line south of Townsville sees loaded four cattle trains a week (some go to Rockhampton, some to Brisbane), and south of Rockhampton there's five loaded cattle trains a week to Brisbane (coming from Townsville, Winton and Clermont).
  GEintheND Chief Commissioner

Location: North Queensland
2800's will still be used out west, specially for 6M54 / 9255. They are needed for route tuition, as they are equipped with a third seat.
  mb67 Junior Train Controller

2800's will still be used out west, specially for 6M54 / 9255. They are needed for route tuition, as they are equipped with a third seat.
GEintheND
This too. But I figure most 2800 class will still be used to haul mainline freight from Brisbane to Cairns return. Seeing lots of intermodal headed to and from the port as Y8xx/YCxx, usually double-headed 2800's. A few have even been double 2800's plus a 90t DEL.
  Expost Deputy Commissioner

I went past a northbound freight on the NCL between Mt Larcom and Rocklands today, Containers and tanktainers. Hauled by 2 2400s, 2468H and 2486H, if I remember correctly.

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