FIVE 'Bulldogs' on coal wagon transfer 2/12/2016

 
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
SSR locos B61-S317-GM27-GM10-S302 are currently at the Port Augusta power station loop to take the remaining 90 ex Leigh Creek coal wagons to NSW tomorrow morning. Good luck to those chasing!

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  menangletrains Station Master

SSR locos B61-S317-GM27-GM10-S302 are currently at the Port Augusta power station loop to take the remaining 90 ex Leigh Creek coal wagons to NSW tomorrow morning. Good luck to those chasing!
greasyrhys
If you are able to get any UP-DATED information, could you post it on here for us.It would be greatly appreciated. OR P.M. me

menangletrains.  Dave.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Radar shows B61 stationary at the old power station balloon loop at 6:30am ACDT
  Wrigleys Chief Train Controller

Running as train #4578 it is tabled away from Stirling at 0835ish, arrival at Broken Hill 1630ish.
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

Tabled away from Broken Hill to Lithgow at around 14.30 on Saturday. As for where it will be at dawn on Sunday is anyone's guess. Theoretically it should be around Blayney.  Because the train is just a rake of empties which are only going to be stabled it has the lowest priority and, going off the experience of the first trip, it will be put away for everything else to cross, so it may well end up running very late again if other traffic does not run according to plan.
BW
  Wrigleys Chief Train Controller

Tabled away from Broken Hill to Lithgow at around 14.30 on Saturday. As for where it will be at dawn on Sunday is anyone's guess. Theoretically it should be around Blayney.  Because the train is just a rake of empties which are only going to be stabled it has the lowest priority and, going off the experience of the first trip, it will be put away for everything else to cross, so it may well end up running very late again if other traffic does not run according to plan.
BW
Bevan Wall
The train has been stopped at Winninowie for over 40 minutes with mechanical issues.
  Junction box Chief Commissioner

Location: newy
GM27 and GM10 must be welded together, have been coupled for years.
  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
There's an article on the Financial Review website today, suggesting that SA Guvment might need to reopen the Port Augusta power station over the summer, given the state's electrical problems at the moment.

If there's a funny side, it is the fact that half the coal wagons are currently sitting in Lithgow yard, and the other half are currently en-route there.

Whoever is proposing this scheme clearly hasn't thought about how the coal might be moved from Leigh Creek.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
As easy as it is to move them across, it is to move them back!

Though as to whether they can still carry coal, that is another question alltogether.
  Wrigleys Chief Train Controller

4578 is on the move again, currently in the Nector Brook area.
  M636C Minister for Railways

There's an article on the Financial Review website today, suggesting that SA Guvment might need to reopen the Port Augusta power station over the summer, given the state's electrical problems at the moment.

If there's a funny side, it is the fact that half the coal wagons are currently sitting in Lithgow yard, and the other half are currently en-route there.

Whoever is proposing this scheme clearly hasn't thought about how the coal might be moved from Leigh Creek.
SinickleBird
CFCLA have more than 130 Iron Ore hoppers out of use, and a couple of dozen are stored in Port Pirie.

They'd work with coal and CFCLA would be overjoyed to lease them to the SA Government.

There is no reason to use the wagons sold to SSR (although they'd probably be happy to lease them back to the SA Government too...)

Last I looked the train was only in Port Germein, not far to go back.

M636C
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
There's an article on the Financial Review website today, suggesting that SA Guvment might need to reopen the Port Augusta power station over the summer, given the state's electrical problems at the moment.

If there's a funny side, it is the fact that half the coal wagons are currently sitting in Lithgow yard, and the other half are currently en-route there.

Whoever is proposing this scheme clearly hasn't thought about how the coal might be moved from Leigh Creek.
SinickleBird
I was under the impression that the power station was partly demolished in a media event to show how green the government was, by destroying the nasty coal fired power station, thereby reducing SA to struggle with lack of wind power and the extension cord from a coal fired Victoria that keeps tripping.
  Wrigleys Chief Train Controller

Approx 50 of the Ore Wagons are slated to be removed from Pt Pirie to the power station this coming Sunday,
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
There's an article on the Financial Review website today, suggesting that SA Guvment might need to reopen the Port Augusta power station over the summer, given the state's electrical problems at the moment.

If there's a funny side, it is the fact that half the coal wagons are currently sitting in Lithgow yard, and the other half are currently en-route there.

Whoever is proposing this scheme clearly hasn't thought about how the coal might be moved from Leigh Creek.
I was under the impression that the power station was partly demolished in a media event to show how green the government was, by destroying the nasty coal fired power station, thereby reducing SA to struggle with lack of wind power and the extension cord from a coal fired Victoria that keeps tripping.
Donald
The coal mine has been "decommissioned" and several "large" excavators have already left the mine site.
The power station (Northern) has been "decommissioned",
The demolition show on TV a while back was the part of the oldest of the two power stations (Playford) at Port Augusta which was decommission a few years ago, not the recently closed one.

I find it strange how the media (and opposition party here in SA) seem to call for the "re-opening" of Port Augusta power stations when there is a perfectly good power station (Natural Gas fired) at Pelican Point that is sitting idle
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
4578S has just left Gladstone after crossing 5NY3
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
It appears B61 has shut down at Mannahill  (that is it no longer appears on the radar with last position shown as Mannahill)
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

It appears B61 has shut down at Mannahill  (that is it no longer appears on the radar with last position shown as Mannahill)
Pressman
All five locomotives are at Broken Hill. I assume the train must arrived around midnight. This very late arrival may impact on the departure time this arvo.
BW
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
With all the drama yesterday, this shall make for a very interesting episode of Railroad Australia Laughing

Winninowie was almost like a Streamliners convention given there were plenty of gunzels' cars parked & people gathered around!

I hope to post photos later
  trainlover Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide.
It appears B61 has shut down at Mannahill  (that is it no longer appears on the radar with last position shown as Mannahill)
All five locomotives are at Broken Hill. I assume the train must arrived around midnight. This very late arrival may impact on the departure time this arvo. I guess that will depend on if the first crew from yesterday, who should have taken the train all the way to BH, but obviously had to be relieved mid afternoon, were still able to make their way to BH and have had sufficient rest after being relieved.
BW
Bevan Wall
With all the late running they got hit with extra crosses of other trains so arrival into broken hill I hear was 2.30am
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I was under the impression that the power station was partly demolished in a media event to show how green the government was, by destroying the nasty coal fired power station, thereby reducing SA to struggle with lack of wind power and the extension cord from a coal fired Victoria that keeps tripping.
Donald
But not unsurprisingly you were wrong Razz
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Great photos, thanks.

And Radar shows that Train 8878, led by B61, has just left Broken Hill.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A few of the Railpage boys have been following in a car.
  SA_trains Deputy Commissioner

Location: ACT
Great photos! Thanks for posting them Greasrhys.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
So much for 8878 having the lowest priority, for 7GP1 has just stopped at Matakana to cross 8878 which has just passed Roto about 40km further west.

I was expecting 8878 to be held at Trida, but it just went straight through.

7SP5 is at Goobang Junction, so there will probably be at least one more cross before Parkes.

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