Arrium Wirrida service mothballed

 
  62440 Chief Commissioner

For a bit of clarification, the old NG unloader is on the southern side of the site along McBryde Terrace. It does not have a balloon loop, the loco's run around the consist and push the consist through the unloader.
This unloader (complete with train part through it) can be easily seen in the link posted by nscaler69
The dual gauge unloader is on the northern side of the site (also easily seen in the link) complete with balloon loop.
If you pan west along the NG line, parallel to McBryde Terrace, you can see, just east of the Lincoln Highway over bridge where a new NG branch leaves the old NG line and heads north then east to where it joins the SG line to the newer unloader.
Pressman
The McBryde tip pocket was worked by locos pushing the whole consist through the unloader, around Hummock Hill. Then the driver gets out and uses remote control to draw the train through using push buttons to operate the doors. The grade round Hummock Hill kept the couplers in compression.

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Is this tip pocket still used by trains to unload or has all the traffic now moved to the loop ?
  mrjones Station Master

Outer Harbour tip pocket was still in use today, and a Wirrida train was unloaded yesterday at the Inner Harbour
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Outer Harbour tip pocket was still in use today, and a Wirrida train was unloaded yesterday at the Inner Harbour
mrjones
You do know that the trains from Wirrida (the older siding) to Outer Harbor (or was it to Port Flat?) carrying product from the Prominent Hill copper-gold mine are completely different to the now-terminated trains from Wirrida (the newer balloon loop) to Whyalla which carried product from the Peculiar Knob iron ore mine?
  NG Sulzers Deputy Commissioner

Location: Quorn
'Now terminated'  must be scotch mist we're carring out of Wirrida,  STILL. And it weighs the train down as much as the iron ore we've been carting in the previous week, the previous month and previous two years.
  mrjones Station Master

You do know that the trains from Wirrida (the older siding) to Outer Harbor (or was it to Port Flat?) carrying product from the Prominent Hill copper-gold mine are completely different to the now-terminated trains from Wirrida (the newer balloon loop) to Whyalla which carried product from the Peculiar Knob iron ore mine?
justapassenger
The two tip pockets at Whyalla are called the inner harbour (balloon loop) and the outer harbour (Hummock Hill).

Another Wirrida train was in to tip on the inner harbour this morning.
  sar602 Chief Train Controller

Location: Nomadic truckie
How much is left at Wirrida to haul?, any clue if the GWA's will be traded in/sold off or just used to replace oldies on grainys for the last few seasons that rail is used to haul grain in this state.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
You do know that the trains from Wirrida (the older siding) to Outer Harbor (or was it to Port Flat?) carrying product from the Prominent Hill copper-gold mine are completely different to the now-terminated trains from Wirrida (the newer balloon loop) to Whyalla which carried product from the Peculiar Knob iron ore mine?
justapassenger
You've excelled yourself this time. Show me anywhere (other than in the original totally incorrect post) that these trains have terminated.

I photographed two loaded trains yesterday.

The mine is till operating, the trains are still operating, it's that smeggin' simple.

However, Arrium have said they expect the mothballing of the mine and other associated activities to be concluded by the end of June though it will probably be earlier than this.
  sar602 Chief Train Controller

Location: Nomadic truckie
Apparently the train will cease operating late this week or early next week according to some GWA fellas I was talking to the other day, lot of redundancy's coming up not a good time to be a train driver that and Rio laying of 500 in WA.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Apparently the train will cease operating late this week or early next week according to some GWA fellas I was talking to the other day, lot of redundancy's coming up not a good time to be a train driver that and Rio laying of 500 in WA.
sar602

Specifically which trains are these please?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Specifically which trains are these please?
bevans
Specifically the one talked about on Page 1 of this thread

Arrium Southern Iron export iron ore trans between the balloon loop at Wirrida and Whyalla.

As for cessation of the traffic, while it may be very soon even the people who should be amongst the first to know have not been told anything yet.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Apparently the train will cease operating late this week or early next week according to some GWA fellas I was talking to the other day, lot of redundancy's coming up not a good time to be a train driver that and Rio laying of 500 in WA.
sar602
Still running.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I'm thinking things might have stopped with possibly last loaded train in today?

Others will know more.
  NG Sulzers Deputy Commissioner

Location: Quorn
Sadly Bingley, the last load ex Peculiar Knob iron ore did arrive in Whyalla just after lunch time today (29th) and should be unloaded by now.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Very sad to see another operation cease, definitely feel for those who's jobs will be in doubt.

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