SCT Announces Commencement of Dedicated Melbourne to Brisbane Freight Services

 
  steven_h Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
CSR003 and CSR005 tried to make the 3MB9 trip yesterday. First they failed at Cullerin and were pushed by 1PS6.
Overnight CSR005 by itself failed again at Hawkmount (after leaving CSR003 behind at Leightonfield) and managed to crawl into the loop at the Eraring Power Station.

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  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Mechanical issues or not enough power issues?
  M636C Minister for Railways

CSR003 and CSR005 tried to make the 3MB9 trip yesterday. First they failed at Cullerin and were pushed by 1PS6.
Overnight they failed again at Hawkmount and managed to crawl into the loop at the Eraring Power Station.
steven_h
Are you sure about Eraring?

Isn't the siding at Eraring is past the crest at Hawkmount for a northbound train and isn't it a balloon loop.

The train would have to run past the siding, back in, up the grade on the northern side of the hill.

It would only just be long enough for big intermodal train.

I'd have thought if they made it to the top of Hawkmount, you'd run it to Fassifern where it could at least enter Newstan from the south. Of course Newstan might be full already...

There's still a siding on  the up at Awaba, isn't there?

Peter
  steven_h Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
It is definitely in the power station loop.
Word on location is that it's departing as we speak.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Just through Teralba heading north
  M636C Minister for Railways

It is definitely in the power station loop.
Word on location is that it's departing as we speak.
steven_h
This sounds like "standing up in a hammock" stuff.

I guess the balloon loop was the only available option.
They must have thought it wasn't going to make it out of Fassifern

SCT do tend to load up their locomotives to the limit.

Peter
  sydneyshortnorth Junior Train Controller

Location:
Just through Teralba heading north
bevans
Not sure whose eyesight's playing up here but 3MB9 went North out of Sydney late yesterday evening with only CSR005 on the front. Ailing CSR003 had been cut off at Leightonfield and spent the night all alone on the back loop there. It was collected by SCT015 & CSR004 at about 2 o'clock this afternoon to return South dead attached on 4BM9.

Steve
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Interesting.  Railpage has it through Bundook at 16:45.  CSR005 on point.
  steven_h Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Sydneyshortnorth,
CSR005 failed up the hill just near the power station and crawled into the loop around midnight last night.
It then left the loop as per my sighting above today.
  sydneyshortnorth Junior Train Controller

Location:
True, but wasn't 005 solo rather than running (and failing) with 003?
  steven_h Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
True, but wasn't 005 solo rather than running (and failing) with 003?
sydneyshortnorth

I apologise, you are 100% correct.
It was indeed only CSR005.

I wonder if they've made it to brisbane yet?
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Enjoying dinner onboard the QR
In one way they are lucky the solo loco is double cab CSR5 as there are no turning facilities at Bromelton. Remember the SCT Logistics Bromelton Intermodal facility is 49 km south of the nearest turntable at Acacia Ridge.
A single loco with presumably the original double loco load through the border ranges with its long 1:66 grades both sides of the border will test the loco both directions.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
True, but wasn't 005 solo rather than running (and failing) with 003?

I apologise, you are 100% correct.
It was indeed only CSR005.

I wonder if they've made it to brisbane yet?
steven_h

Just through Coramba
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Enjoying dinner onboard the QR
In one way they are lucky the solo loco is double cab CSR5 as there are no turning facilities at Bromelton. Remember the SCT Logistics Bromelton Intermodal facility is 49 km south of the nearest turntable at Acacia Ridge.
A single loco with presumably the original double loco load through the border ranges with its long 1:66 grades both sides of the border will test the loco both directions.
petan
Advice from a PN driver on another group that ARTC would not allow a single loco to proceed with a 2 loco load. That means that train shed wagons along the route to reduce tonnage.
  fzr560 Train Controller

In one way they are lucky the solo loco is double cab CSR5 as there are no turning facilities at Bromelton. Remember the SCT Logistics Bromelton Intermodal facility is 49 km south of the nearest turntable at Acacia Ridge.
A single loco with presumably the original double loco load through the border ranges with its long 1:66 grades both sides of the border will test the loco both directions.
Advice from a PN driver on another group that ARTC would not allow a single loco to proceed with a 2 loco load. That means that train shed wagons along the route to reduce tonnage.
petan
Some people have no sense of humour. Surely, after years of trouble-free service on the Trans, it was worth a try. Isn't it down-hill from Hawkmount to Brisbane?
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
1BM9? through the Albion cams early today with what looks to be healthy loading.  https://www.railpage.com.au/railcams/albion2/photo/36672513463

This train had SCT006 on point and a second SCT unit which could mean the CSR's have been taken off the route?
  BrentonGolding Deputy Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
1BM9? through the Albion cams early today with what looks to be healthy loading.  https://www.railpage.com.au/railcams/albion2/photo/36672513463

This train had SCT006 on point and a second SCT unit which could mean the CSR's have been taken off the route?
x31
There is a top snap by Ian Green over on VicSig of Sunday's 6BM9 featuring 4 x CSR and a VERY healthy looking train snaking off into the distance behind them

BG
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
1BM9? through the Albion cams early today with what looks to be healthy loading.  https://www.railpage.com.au/railcams/albion2/photo/36672513463

This train had SCT006 on point and a second SCT unit which could mean the CSR's have been taken off the route?
x31
No such train as 1BM9.

Also, a bit of an over reaction to state on the basis of seeing one train with 2 SCT's, that CSR's have been taken elsewhere. Perhaps loco maintenance and swaps meant there were only SCT's in Melbourne? Maybe the remaining loco's in Melbourne did not have in line fuel fitted?

An MP9 service departed last week with a CSR and SCT Ex Adelaide. Does this means that that is the new normal on that corridor with your logic?
  7334 Chief Commissioner

Location: In the workshop wondering why I started 7334 in the first place
On Thursday 28/9 4BM9 was sighted Southern Highlands NSW with 2 X CSRs (4 & 9).

I am not suggesting there is any deep meaning to this, just that it happened.

On Friday 29/9 there did not appear to be any 5BM9, or if there was it ran well outside its timetabled slot.

Today Saturday 30/9 there is a 6BM9 running and as I write it is (according to anytrip) sitting at Flemington Jnct.

Subsequently sighted at Picton headed by 2 X SCT with 006 in the lead.  Number of second unit not recorded.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
I spotted a BM 9 on Saturday morning at around 0840 passing through Longwood.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
I spotted a BM 9 on Saturday morning at around 0840 passing through Longwood.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
SCT with another large BM9 service seen this morning via the Albion cams

https://www.railpage.com.au/railcams/albion2/photo/36852576003
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Good to hear.   Understand that SCT went through a bit of a crisis gettting the Brisbane services underway both in terms of locomotive availability/reliability and also initial business take up.

With loading appearing to be building and Aurizon exiting I would imagine there is some business that SCT could capture depending on how that fits into their business model.   Certainly PN will be delighted!!!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Outbound this morning with CSR010-CSR002-SCTXXX with plenty of wagons at https://www.railpage.com.au/railcams/albion3/photo/37542538121
  7334 Chief Commissioner

Location: In the workshop wondering why I started 7334 in the first place
2BM9 noted this afternoon (10 October 2017) with three units, SCT002 in the lead and 2 X CSR 10 and (I think) 2 trailing.

All appeared to be working and the train was fairly long, whether it justified 3 units or there was another reason is another question again.

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