Cyclone Debbie

 
  Fatty Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Get ready for a sh*tload of traffic once the line opens through Rocky. Both PN and Aurizon will have a number of trains ready to go in Mackay. I'm sure it's the same on the southern side.

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Several landslides on Black Mountain affecting the Goonyella Line were visible from the Bruce Highway today. Lots of Aurizon containers moving south by road too. The Alligator Creek bridge at Yaamba that was barely clear of the Fitzroy River flood on Wednesday is now about three metres clear of the flood waters.
  Heath Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
I've noted the SOQ is terminating at Gladstone, and states there is no railbed product. Anyone know if they are actually removing the railbed cars? or just leaving them as sitters?

Cheers,
Tristan.

It's unlikely they'd be breaking up the train to remove Railbed cars due to the flooding. More likely those cars would be available to travel in at a premium fare as is the case now for travel in a Railbed car for day use only.

This is what I'll be doing from Cairns to Townsville in my upcoming FNQ holiday, travelling in the Railbed car at a premium fare but not using the Railbed for anything else but the sitting configuration.

Mike.
The Vinelander
Is it technically possible for the Spirit of Queensland tilt train cars to be added or removed from the consist?
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
I've noted the SOQ is terminating at Gladstone, and states there is no railbed product. Anyone know if they are actually removing the railbed cars? or just leaving them as sitters?

Cheers,
Tristan.

It's unlikely they'd be breaking up the train to remove Railbed cars due to the flooding. More likely those cars would be available to travel in at a premium fare as is the case now for travel in a Railbed car for day use only.

This is what I'll be doing from Cairns to Townsville in my upcoming FNQ holiday, travelling in the Railbed car at a premium fare but not using the Railbed for anything else but the sitting configuration.

Mike.
Is it technically possible for the Spirit of Queensland tilt train cars to be added or removed from the consist?
Heath Loxton
Yes, but not as part of day to day operations like XPT. The SoQ has a low uterlisation factor compared to XPT, so plenty of time to service and maintain the whole set as one.
  Fatty Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
According to QR the NCL through Rocky to re-open by 1800 tomorrow.
  Tristans Station Master

According to QR the NCL through Rocky to re-open by 1800 tomorrow.
Fatty
Looking at the QR Travel service status, there are no more disruptions beyond the SOTO arriving into Brisbane tonight.
  tpw Station Master

Does anyone know how does the trains deliveries get prioritised once the network reopens? Say, for Blackwater, does the coal deliveries to the ports gets first priority versus domestic users?
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Does anyone know how does the trains deliveries get prioritised once the network reopens? Say, for Blackwater, does the coal deliveries to the ports gets first priority versus domestic users?
tpw
Domestic users such as power stations might be checking their stockpiles.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Does anyone know how does the trains deliveries get prioritised once the network reopens? Say, for Blackwater, does the coal deliveries to the ports gets first priority versus domestic users?
Domestic users such as power stations might be checking their stockpiles.
petan

Do many queensland power stations require coal deliveries via rail?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Two of Queensland's lsrgest power stations, Stanwell - west of Rockhampton, and Gladstone, rely on rail deliveries. Most other coal fired power stations in Queensland are located next to mines.
  RTT_Rules Dr Beeching

Location: Dubai UAE
Two of Queensland's lsrgest power stations, Stanwell - west of Rockhampton, and Gladstone, rely on rail deliveries. Most other coal fired power stations in Queensland are located next to mines.
Sulla1
If I recall, Gladstone used to operate with a 7 day working stockpile fed by I believe 3 trains a day with I believe a 7 - 14 day stockpile mothballed under grass.

There will be some find print that dictates that Gladstone power would have likely got priority prior to the line closing and priority on reopening and both trains and coal mines run off mostly electricity so they have some support.  

Gladstone I'm sure would also have access to Clinton Wharf's stockpile's if deemed necessary and suitable.

Stanwell being closer to the coal fields would likely still have the stockpiles, but likely an action plan that involves lots of trucks and the coal mines doing what they can to support under a State of Emergency order by the govt.

Callide was also getting some coal imported by rail as well. Not sure if still happening.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Trains are now running north of Rockhampton...

12.50 PN003 with PN's Cairns bound 8CP1 moving very slowly over a repaired washout south of Koumala

13.00 Five or six 4000s and 4100s stowed at Yukan while 2827/2189F approached slowly from the north with Aurizon's Cairns to Brisbane freight 8798. The 4000s and 4100s were from Pring or possibly Callemondah, either waiting to visit the Jilalan wheel lathe or to participate in work train activities on the still closed Goonyella Line.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
One for the opps department ...... Large portion of Tweed Shire Council’s fleet of trucks and loaders were lost under the flood waters, with the expected value of loss is $8 million, which Mr Green said was around 80 per cent of the fleet or 90 per cent if mowers, whipper snippers, chainsaws and the like were included.  
http://www.echo.net.au/2017/04/tweed-gm-denies-8m-trucks-saved/
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
One for the opps department ...... Large portion of Tweed Shire Council’s fleet of trucks and loaders were lost under the flood waters, with the expected value of loss is $8 million, which Mr Green said was around 80 per cent of the fleet or 90 per cent if mowers, whipper snippers, chainsaws and the like were included.  
http://www.echo.net.au/2017/04/tweed-gm-denies-8m-trucks-saved/
petan

Don't you mean 'Oops' Question
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
One for the opps department ...... Large portion of Tweed Shire Council’s fleet of trucks and loaders were lost under the flood waters, with the expected value of loss is $8 million, which Mr Green said was around 80 per cent of the fleet or 90 per cent if mowers, whipper snippers, chainsaws and the like were included.  
http://www.echo.net.au/2017/04/tweed-gm-denies-8m-trucks-saved/
Don't you mean 'Oops' Question
The Vinelander
You have good eyes as that is the second typo of mine you have noticed with the Victorian town the other.  I suspect one of the Tweed Shire people in this image may have used another more colourful word beside oops when he or she wondered if the trucks could have been shifted to another higher location and thus saved and being available for the clean up work http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/OrganisationStructure
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Agreed Exclamation

Insofar as the Tweed Shire not doing their maths regards the flood height and their Plant equipment being destroyed.

Mike.
  2115A Locomotive Driver

Rail operations have recommenced in the Goonyella system.

Trains started running on Tuesday 26th with a maximum 60km/h speed restriction in place.


The down road on the Black mountain range (Yukan to Hatfield sections) is closed while essential stabilisation work at various locations.
As a safety precaution,  trains will be stopped from going on this range if rain falls of  more then 30mm in 3hrs or 100mm in 24hrs is measured by rain gauges which are at 4 locations on this range. The area will then be inspected by a authorised person before the order to start running trains is given.

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