Wild weather

 
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Looks like you guys are copping it at the moment.

This photo from the Mercury doesn't look good for the bridge at Burnie.
http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tasmania-braces-for-wild-weather-as-states-north-lashed-and-storm-warnings-mount/news-story/35b5eb05098f9aefd183ad62c7b9a53e



Edit: looks like East Tamar is under water too

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  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
water ended up over the Emu River rail bridge. There has been reports Kimberly bridge is no more, just rail line hanging
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
water ended up over the Emu River rail bridge. There has been reports Kimberly bridge is no more, just rail line hanging
Z1NorthernProgress2110

is that Kimberly Bridge in the town of Kimberly?
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
water ended up over the Emu River rail bridge. There has been reports Kimberly bridge is no more, just rail line hanging

is that Kimberly Bridge in the town of Kimberly?
bevans
Yes

  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Someone has posted a photo on the Tasrail Facebook page from about 1/2 hour ago
Looks like one of the approaches to the Kimberley bridge collapsed causing one span to drop at one end.

edit: I linked to the tasrail facebook page and it got turned into a photo? odd.

  BertR Station Master
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Think this might be what you were referring to:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209297594540902&set=p.10209297594540902&type=3
BertR
That was the one, thanks.

Looked like the water was getting pretty close to the bridge in Deloraine too.  
I grew up around there and while i've seen it in flood before, I can't remember it being quite that high.
  BertR Station Master

Only thing I can remember during my time as a fireman/driver comparable to all this was sometime in the 80's when DRR ran trains from Launceston to Western Junction and return for school kids (I think). I remember the MA or M and CCS being used on separate trains. I was learning steam loco firing at the time on the MA or M, whatever it was. We arrived back at East Tamar and the CCS choofed off for it's turn, got to the Junction and started the return only to get stuck in the flood between St Leonards and East Tamar. Police and fieries rescued the passengers by boat from Station Road I think or overland from the bottom of Queechy hill. Someone got their butt kicked for that, wish I knew who. Just as an aside that day the weather was BLEH! and running tender first from Western Junction was the coldest trip I ever had on any loco
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Are all rail services suspended ?
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Yes, all rail services are suspended.
East Tamar workshops got flooded. Emu River still has a log jam.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Yes, all rail services are suspended.
East Tamar workshops got flooded. Emu River still has a log jam.
Z1NorthernProgress2110

I saw they were closing the flood gates at Longford today, I assume that included the railway gates.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Tasrail has announced on Facebook that the Cement train is now running again between Railton and Devonport.  
The next priority looks to be the Melba line.
  BertR Station Master

Will take a bit of time to sort this mess out. Kimberley bridge is kaput. Don't know about washouts elsewhere but can bet there will be a lot of them
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
A couple of photos that Tasrail have posted online recently

The northern end of East Tamar


The Kimberley Bridge over the Mersey River
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
A bit of a mess but no too hard to fix.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
Kimberley looks like 1 to 2mths work
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
With the increase in Heavy Vehicle traffic suggested to be 90 vehicles a day between Conara and Burnie, I wonder why what ought to be the more cost effective loading of ships at Bell Bay Port for this flood event was not considered during this short period of time?
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Toll aren't interested in moving from Burnie for a few months work. Also the loading ramps at Bell Bay are to small.
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
Toll aren't interested in moving from Burnie for a few months work. Also the loading ramps at Bell Bay are to small.
Z1NorthernProgress2110
Trucks and Containers haven't got larger.
My comment was not about about Toll moving from Burnie but one that communities expectations would be that large companies first and foremost concern would be the safest way to move freight not the quickest. Obviously Toll and Tasrail did not take into account the cost of increased Environmental, Road Safety and Road Pavement damage. Driving between Launceston and Devonport was before the floods already unpleasant because of heavy vehicle traffic and have you seen the amount of heavy vehicles using the Frankford Highway. No Police, No Transport Inspectors.

You have got to wonder how much freight will stay on Road.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
A great panorama photo from Tasrails Facebook of the Kimberley bridge works.

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