Mildura standard gauge sightings thread

 
  Bonzel Junior Train Controller

1 hour delay of the fruity into Melbourne today https://www.railpage.com.au/railcams/bunbury-street/photo/30946290098 anyone know why congestion again?
Bethungra
Waiting for 6MC2 to Griffith to vacate the pad roads at Appleton Dock.

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  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Freight rail congestion. What a nice problem to have....
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
X50 has been on the fruity for several weeks now, hardly missing a run.   Must be going along alright.   The G/BL/81s on either side of it keep swapping out.
  Bonzel Junior Train Controller

X50 has been on the fruity for several weeks now, hardly missing a run.   Must be going along alright.   The G/BL/81s on either side of it keep swapping out.
Donald
X48 replaced it last night .
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
8163-X48-G520 now the motive power with loading dropping to as low as 33 wagons.  It was around 60 on BG.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
8163-X48-G520 now the motive power with loading dropping to as low as 33 wagons.  It was around 60 on BG.
bevans
Come on, now bevans, not fudging the figures are you ? The Frutie has been 45 and 60 wagons, since it resumed on standard gauge, as well.

More likely seasonal fluctuations, rather than gauge related.

BigShunter.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Why are they running 2 or 3 different loco classes on this service?  I know the Gs and XRs seem to be packaged together for Victorian running (im assuming they provide a nice level of HP etc).  But why not use a more consistent fleet on the service?  And yes, I know the Gcl and 81cl (as well as the BLcl) are the same more or less) but theyre still just that bit different no?  Or are they really in essence the same?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
8163-X48-G520 now the motive power with loading dropping to as low as 33 wagons.  It was around 60 on BG.
Come on, now bevans, not fudging the figures are you ? The Frutie has been 45 and 60 wagons, since it resumed on standard gauge, as well.

More likely seasonal fluctuations, rather than gauge related.

BigShunter.
BigShunter

Hey, I have research this at ghaploop stats and the train is 1/2 the size.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Why are they running 2 or 3 different loco classes on this service?  I know the Gs and XRs seem to be packaged together for Victorian running (im assuming they provide a nice level of HP etc).  But why not use a more consistent fleet on the service?  And yes, I know the Gcl and 81cl (as well as the BLcl) are the same more or less) but theyre still just that bit different no?  Or are they really in essence the same?
james.au
Locos are rostered to haul the load at the required speed, taking into account compatibility between classes eg continuous speed ratings. This will be more or less important depending upon locos and the road and may result in load hauling being less than the combined loads for the locos involved.
Back in the days CLs and 4 motor GMs were more compatible than CLs and 6 motor GMs for example. There used to be some lash ups of mainliners and 48 class where in total load hauling the 48 was of very little use.
Loco fuel capacities need also to be taken into account eg the BLs have a far greater range than 81s and Gs and, as such, always seem wasted to me on the Long Island steel trains.
Some trains appear overpowered but one cannot tell what may be offline but be required for return loading.
  x31 Chief Commissioner