Re Opening & Upgrading Maryborough - Avoca - Ararat

 
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
To Merbein.

Thanks BigShunter
Greensleeves

Looked a decent size.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Using 3 existing SG locos - ie not converted ones.
james.au

Train is 7901V currently approaching Adelaide Lead. Speed down to 20 km/h
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Using 3 existing SG locos - ie not converted ones.

Train is 7901V currently approaching Adelaide Lead. Speed down to 20 km/h
bevans

Will be interesting to see, how long it takes to get to Merbein, can you keep an eye on it's progression and speed, if you can, bevans, please.

BigShunter.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Will be interesting to see, how long it takes to get to Merbein, can you keep an eye on it's progression and speed, if you can, bevans, please.

BigShunter.
BigShunter

Now stopped on the line outside of Maryborough.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Using 3 existing SG locos - ie not converted ones.

Train is 7901V currently approaching Adelaide Lead. Speed down to 20 km/h

Will be interesting to see, how long it takes to get to Merbein, can you keep an eye on it's progression and speed, if you can, bevans, please.

BigShunter.
BigShunter
IT looked to be going more than 25kph too in that video which is good.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Through Adelaide Lead at 2018-02-26 13:22:33

Left Ararat yard at 10:01 after arriving around 6am.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line

Taking dose of reality now - this is Victoria .................... Rail is not meant to succeed.
YM-Mundrabilla

On the other hand, we have the overwhelming success of the RFR...not meant to succeed Question
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik

Taking dose of reality now - this is Victoria .................... Rail is not meant to succeed.
On the other hand, we have the overwhelming success of the RFR...not meant to succeed Question
The Vinelander
Not clear I know but I speak only of freight rail.Smile
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The train is now through Maryborough and heading north. Out of Maryborough at 14:19.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Using 3 existing SG locos - ie not converted ones.
james.au

VicSig has these photos:

BL28 at Melton in Dec 1992
http://vicsig.net/index.php?page=locomotives&number=28&class=BL&type=Diesel-Electric&orgstate=A

BL33 at Ballan in Jan 1993
http://vicsig.net/index.php?page=locomotives&number=33&class=BL&type=Diesel-Electric&orgstate=A
  skitz Chief Commissioner


Taking dose of reality now - this is Victoria .................... Rail is not meant to succeed.
On the other hand, we have the overwhelming success of the RFR...not meant to succeed Question
The Vinelander
Which RFR?

2004?

Newport Bypass?

The Newport bypass can hardly be called a success.   As a Gippslander, the 2004 RFR still means 2hrs to travel 120km to Melbourne (if youre lucky).
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Through Dunolly at 15:05. Seems that 40km/h is the ticket.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Using 3 existing SG locos - ie not converted ones.

VicSig has these photos:

BL28 at Melton in Dec 1992
http://vicsig.net/index.php?page=locomotives&number=28&class=BL&type=Diesel-Electric&orgstate=A

BL33 at Ballan in Jan 1993
http://vicsig.net/index.php?page=locomotives&number=33&class=BL&type=Diesel-Electric&orgstate=A
kitchgp
Im referring to recent conversion, ie they were not running on  BG 12 months ago and are now on SG...
  tazzer96 Deputy Commissioner

Which RFR?

2004?

Newport Bypass?

The Newport bypass can hardly be called a success.   As a Gippslander, the 2004 RFR still means 2hrs to travel 120km to Melbourne (if youre lucky).
skitz
To be fair, the main reason for that is due to metro all stoppers.  If there was a third track from Caulfield to Pakenham, you would easily shave 15 minutes of the journey.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Would 15 minutes be right thinking more.

Thanks for the train updates to merbein.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Through Donald 10 minutes ago.

Noticed the "100 years of Wakefields" plaques on the cabs of the first 2 locos.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Through Donald 10 minutes ago.

Noticed the "100 years of Wakefields" plaques on the cabs of the first 2 locos.
Donald

Well she's making steady progress, thanks Donald, who's reporting from Donald Smile

BigShunter.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
It'll be a late arrival into Mildura tonight....
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line

Taking dose of reality now - this is Victoria .................... Rail is not meant to succeed.
On the other hand, we have the overwhelming success of the RFR...not meant to succeed Confused:Which RFR?

2004?

Newport Bypass?

The Newport bypass can hardly be called a success.   As a Gippslander, the 2004 RFR still means 2hrs to travel 120km to Melbourne (if youre lucky).
skitz

Just called my father, in Milodura to advise train through Donald at 18:00. Also advised it's travelling at around 40 kph, so when I said...what time...he came back and said in my mid-sentence 03:00...that is if it keeps averaging 40 kph.

...and to the other unrelated comment I made.

The RFR (Regional Fast Rail) was 2004.

The 'Newport bypass' - RRL, (Regional Rail Link).

My original comment was a retort to a comment that [color=#333333][size=4][font=Roboto, wf_SegoeUI, ]YM-Mundrabilla[/font][/size][/color] made regards 'this is Victoria .................... Rail is not meant to succeed.'
When I said the RFR was a success beyond all forecasts. I was referring to patronage of the system, not the technical issues.

To wrap up...there are NO MORE peak paths available between Newport and South Kensington because the corridor is saturated, and I have this on the authority of John Hearsch, (Rail Futures) who told me.

Back to the thread and the progress of this SG freight to Mildura.

Mike.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
So, tomorrow morning, The Vinelander (Snr) becomes a gunzel?

(as he mutters oaths under his breath "The things I do for my son.....")

Good on him if he does, thank him for us Mike.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Does that estimated arrival of 0300 in Mildura take into account any required stops for crew changes?

As an earlier post stated it arrived into Ararat Yard at about 0600, that means they are looking at about a 24hr journey one way from Melbourne to Merbein. At that rate, and with time required to load in Mildura, and then unload in the Ports, I would assume they will need to operate 2 consists to keep up the usual 3 return trips a week. At least until the line is given the ok to return to normal line speed.

On another note, will this train be making its usual stops at Donald for containers?
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Not stopping in Donald yet.   Still have to wait until the rail tractor is returned.

Would look good as a load on a flat to be unloaded at the yard gantry .
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Not stopping in Donald yet.   Still have to wait until the rail tractor is returned.

Would look good as a load on a flat to be unloaded at the yard gantry .
Donald
Rail tractors were towed when needing to be moved.



X40 working 9442 up coal conveying RT6 nearing Yarragon. 20Aug93
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Trapped in a meeting with Rhonda and Karsten
@Greensleeves' full video is up :


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wQPelqlN-4

Trivia: the RQTY/RETY container flats on the train are Australian National stock from the 1970s. The BLs up the front are also ex-Australian National. New line, old SG rollingstock. I wonder how long it will take until an operator runs something made this century on the Mildura line?
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Does that estimated arrival of 0300 in Mildura take into account any required stops for crew changes?

As an earlier post stated it arrived into Ararat Yard at about 0600, that means they are looking at about a 24hr journey one way from Melbourne to Merbein. At that rate, and with time required to load in Mildura, and then unload in the Ports, I would assume they will need to operate 2 consists to keep up the usual 3 return trips a week. At least until the line is given the ok to return to normal line speed.

On another note, will this train be making its usual stops at Donald for containers?
Gman_86

Would appear, so Gman_86, sounds as if the broad gauge will keep running from Manangatang, for a while,yet.

Flogged from, Greensleeves, YouTube, post.

BG is still running until SG goes to a faster speed. Currently limited to around 30kph along the Ararat-Maryborough section and timed to take 21 hours to get to Mildura.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwM0qoV_6ks

BigShunter.

If ya click on the link, above, you will see the comment's, which is where I copied, the quote, from.

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