Extreme weather: Impact on ARTC Network

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 22 Apr 2015 11:41
  GeordieLadinOz Station Master

Carrington seems to have emptied of a few coal sets by this evening that had been lingering around so things appear to have stepped up another gear today, still a few sets sat idle, more than usual. Hopefully the rains heading our way stay clear to allow the coalies to get back into full swing and the engineers get on with restoring the Queensland line. I do fear that the Hunter issues will be resolved only for further issues up North but fingers crossed.

On a side note, sure I saw a very clean looking TT130 from Industrial Drive earlier today?!

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  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

This is one way to get things done quickly.
BW


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otcl0Ix_BcE
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
This is one way to get things done quickly.
BW
Bevan Wall
No doubt the safest and most effective way !

Think of the strain on the rails holding up all the suspended concrete sleepers.

meltinging through the rails with a thermal oxygen lance, could of been an option ?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
No doubt the safest and most effective way !

Think of the strain on the rails holding up all the suspended concrete sleepers.

meltinging through the rails with a thermal oxygen lance, could of been an option ?
Nightfire
Yes, you could oxy cut through but not that safe to be that close when it lets go
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Yes, you could oxy cut through but not that safe to be that close when it lets go
Pressman
That's why I said a thermal oxygen lance, the torch operator could stand 2 metres back, though you probably would need to cut 2 rails at the same time with 2 cutting operators.

Explosive charges do win hand down.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
That's why I said a thermal oxygen lance, the torch operator could stand 2 metres back, though you probably would need to cut 2 rails at the same time with 2 cutting operators.

Explosive charges do win hand down.
Nightfire
I'd be a tad further away than that!

Yes and the explosives can cut all 4 rails (both ends) at the same time (as has been done in the vid)
  brissim Chief Train Controller

And perhaps the lesson here is "do not try this at home". Great video, thanks.

Tony
  Roda Station Master

Location: Canberra
Some good news: http://www.artc.com.au/Article/Detail.aspx?p=6&np=4&id=479

For anyone from an engineering background, what material would they have used to re-build the washed away embankment and how would they have compacted it (from 30 metres up)?
  azurra Beginner

I noticed a freight service go through Dungog late this afternoon .. with steel coils ... testing the track?
  GeordieLadinOz Station Master

Can anyone provide a 'round-up' of any locos which may have suffered water damage?

ABC news at 7pm this evening briefly showed aerial-footage over the SMR depot at Maitland. Part of the yard there looked to be underwater and nextdoor on the mainline was a loaded Pelton coal train with the EL class locos up front looking a little submerged.
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Can't provide your round up of locos suffering damage but I noted in the last couple of days that Pelton trains have started running again with the usual EL's. They appear to have been offline since the floods, I'm sure a mixture of issues at Pelton must have been the reason. EL56/57 and EL63/64 both headed into Kooragang Island within 15 minutes of each other this evening between 16.30 and 16.45, Thursday 4th June.

There were a couple of EL's in UGL a fortnight ago so may have had the blow dryer out to dry them out or maybe just an opportune time to have a look at them whilst services were offline?
  mikado5910 Chief Train Controller

Location: Kurri Kurri NSW
Can't provide your round up of locos suffering damage but I noted in the last couple of days that Pelton trains have started running again with the usual EL's. They appear to have been offline since the floods, I'm sure a mixture of issues at Pelton must have been the reason. EL56/57 and EL63/64 both headed into Kooragang Island within 15 minutes of each other this evening between 16.30 and 16.45, Thursday 4th June.

There were a couple of EL's in UGL a fortnight ago so may have had the blow dryer out to dry them out or maybe just an opportune time to have a look at them whilst services were offline?
GeordieLadinOz
There were washaways near Neath, which would have contributed to the lack of traffic. These were repaired using rubber-tyred and HiRail equipment over the last couple of weeks. Pelton trains probably not long for the taking as word around town is the pit will go on to care and maintenance after today, until coal prices improve.

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