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  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Today's Tocumwal service has terminated at Mooroopna. Reports that yesterday's PN derailed near Katunga, north of Shepparton. G515, S313 and around 30 wagons on the Qube.

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  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Thanks james.au.  There's a certain inevitability about more gauge standardization in Victoria.   Wasn't aware the C's are really only suited for short end leading but a point well made.
  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
G515, B80, B76 on tonight's Up Tocumwal.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Are the b's to replace a loco or are they required because of the size of loading ?
  Beta4Me Locomotive Driver

Are the b's to replace a loco or are they required because of the size of loading ?
freightgate
Must be. There's no way all 3 locos are needed. With a G doing 1570t to Seymour and 4180t beyond and a B doing 915t and 1830t respectively, that would be a lot of hp for not a lot of train: 30 fully-loaded wagons is only 2280t.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Thru Albion at 21.28

https://www.railpage.com.au/railcams/albion2/photo/27519820235

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Sifting through images at Albion the UP PN tocumwal freight had a G and 2 XR class last night and look longer than usual. More business booming ?
  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Qube has G515, X31 on tonight's Up Toc
  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
G521, B74 on tonight's Up Tocumwal. Good loading from there and Mooroopna.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
G521, B74 on tonight's Up Tocumwal. Good loading from there and Mooroopna.
emmastreet

sounds like mooroopna is working out well for qube a service which was abandoned or dumped by PN?
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Great to hear.  Thanks for the updates.  What's the Maryvale Paper loading like these days.  I understand QUBE was sourcing other traffic to add to the service.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Qube 9476 UP Maryvale paper train has broken down between Hernes Oak and Moe according to reports.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I noticed looking through V/Line's Network Service Plan, QUBE's down Deniliquin and Tocumwal goods trains have been altered and are now running much earlier in the morning than previously, and that the Down Deniliquin Rice train no runs via Bendigo, and Up train now runs via Seymour, last I was aware it was the opposite.

Is this accurate? When did it change? Why did it change? any answers appreciated. Thank You.
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

Yes. Several months ago. Lack of paths on the single line north of Kyneton.

Rule of thumb; they Up services run through Seymour around 18:00 give or take an hour or two. Seymour now really cannot take them all, being busy enough with passenger moves; loco run-rounds, shunts, etc.

Dunno how the new WTT from late January will alter things; they are extending the 16:31 Seymour pass to Shepparton, so that will further congest the single line north of Dysart. They may have to open Murchison East for crosses again; we will just have to wait for the next goods WTT, expected about the same time.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Is it fair to say there is increasing loading coming from the Shepparton area?
  hbedriver Chief Train Controller

I suppose everything is comparative, increases in loading included. The Tocumwals run most weekdays, some cancellations. PN had been running grain trains for several weeks to Tocumwal in lieu of their intermodal jobs, sometimes as well as, so two trains could be seen at Tocumwal some days. The QUBE container trains seem well loaded, although several PN ones lately have been rather sparse. The days (I think it is Tuesdays and Thursdays) that QUBE are running the Up Deniliquin via Tooolamba sees things get constipated, common for pass trains to be blocked WLC from Kilmore East. Some rumours that they are considering re-opening Broadford as a Block Post in the evenings.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I still recall when El Zorro were also running to Tocumwal and would "pass" the UP PN freight at Broadmeadows.  Have a video somewhere.  both trains were quite full when I saw them and there is the grain.  Should be tons of business at Tocumwal and Mooroopna.

What happened to the new loading for Mooroopna for Melbourne Port?
  HardWorkingMan Chief Commissioner

Location: Echuca
I suppose everything is comparative, increases in loading included. The Tocumwals run most weekdays, some cancellations. PN had been running grain trains for several weeks to Tocumwal in lieu of their intermodal jobs, sometimes as well as, so two trains could be seen at Tocumwal some days. The QUBE container trains seem well loaded, although several PN ones lately have been rather sparse. The days (I think it is Tuesdays and Thursdays) that QUBE are running the Up Deniliquin via Tooolamba sees things get constipated, common for pass trains to be blocked WLC from Kilmore East. Some rumours that they are considering re-opening Broadford as a Block Post in the evenings.
hbedriver
It will be interesting to see what happens when the rice season starts. Last season there were 2 rice trains a day in both directions passing through Echuca for several weeks.  at that stage the downs were via Toolamba and 1 up went each way
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
What's going up with QUBE's motive power lately?

I have noticed a lot of hired locomotives running their trains lately, B75, T385 and T386 have been used, hired from SSR. S303 is on hire from SRHC and S313 from Steamrail.

Is this due to an increase in the amount of trains they are running, or are some of their regular locomotives currently out of service?
  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
I think a couple of their regular G class broke down. "Peter Pan" (can't remember the number) a CFCLA loco broke down on a down Tocumwal recently and was left at Murchison East for close to 2 weeks. Was picked up by an up service a week or so ago.
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
I think a couple of their regular G class broke down. "Peter Pan" (can't remember the number) a CFCLA loco broke down on a down Tocumwal recently and was left at Murchison East for close to 2 weeks. Was picked up by an up service a week or so ago.
emmastreet
And G515 had something funny happen in the engine a few weeks ago.

Pretty sure VL356 is also due for a major service soon as well.
  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
A debacle for Qube's Tocumwal service this week-end. Yesterday's down was very late, apparently followed the Shepp down pass. The up service B75, SSR T, S303 left Mooroopna at 09 35 this morning. Reports elsewhere it will sit at Seymour until KE is switched in at 19 00.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

A debacle for Qube's Tocumwal service this week-end. Yesterday's down was very late, apparently followed the Shepp down pass. The up service B75, SSR T, S303 left Mooroopna at 09 35 this morning. Reports elsewhere it will sit at Seymour until KE is switched in at 19 00.
emmastreet
It's getting harder and harder to run a BG rail freight service in this state.  Old locos, tougher heat WOLOs, congestion due to extra passenger services, cutbacks in staffing....

Wasn't it 10 years ago there was an official bells and whistles report that was going to fix many of the problems?
  Z VAN Locomotive Driver

I despair sometimes.
One Government Department announces more Freight on rail and another seems to find more reasons than you would have thought possible to stop it.
KE is Kilmore East I assume to be switched on/in at 1900 so we hold a Goods at Seymour for how long?
Bloody Hell.
Let us imagine we held all trucks at Seymour for a period of time until the Tullermarine Freeway was ready and the Traffic Advisory signs were functioning or some other stupid reason until the Operator signed on.
Mr Fox or some other Trucker would be on the phone very soon and guess what, trucks would be moving.
I maybe Truckophobic (Is that a word?) if there is such a thing but sometimes I feel there is this big conspiracy to if not shut down rail but make it so difficult that other than the Trucking Companies give up.
Let us hope Qube and SCT can manoeuvre through these seemly continuos obstacles to the free movement of Freight.
PTE
  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Albion camera 2 has this train through there at 14 32. I wonder how the refrigerated boxes that were loaded at Mooroopna on Saturday afternoon are faring.

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