Portland Action

 
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Lots of info on ABC Western Victoria about how bad the harvest is this year, we're not likely to see many (or any) grain trains in Portland for awhile.  Last one was in June.  Nothing on the shipping sites about grain ships either.

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  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
AKs have departed Maroona on their way to Portland.  8135 is the loco.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland


8135 and the AK track recording cars arriving Portland on 11th October, 2018.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Thanks for posting.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Well, no rail action in Portland for months and nothing likely for some time. This was in today's Portland Observer.

"Port expansion plans, but no grain again

It’s looking almost certain that no grain will be exported through the Port of Portland for a second successive year, but the port is looking at expansion plans. Port of Portland chief executive Greg Tremewen told the Observer that the port had been advised by GrainCorp that the grain export outlook for the next financial year wasn’t looking promising. “We’ve been advised that it’s highly likely there will be no grain in 2019-2020,” he said. “It’s all due to the drought conditions. Any grain (grown) isn’t being exported but consumed locally.”


GrainCorp declined to comment on the matter when contacted by the Observer. It is not exporting any grain through the port this financial year this season due to the drought – with the total Victorian harvest about one-third that of the previous year – but its diversified Portland operations were not being affected due to its wood chip business, the principal activity at the terminal. Full-time employees manage that business and turn their attention to grain when necessary. But while there will be a lack of grain, the port continues to be busy through other commodities more than picking up the slack, and due to that is eyeing off expansion.


The possibility of a seventh berth at the port was floated at the recent special Glenelg Shire Council meeting to consider the Yumbah Nyamat abalone farm on Dutton Way. Lawyer Stephen Davis, representing the port, said a possible expansion of the port’s operations was on the cards. “At present the port handles an estimated $1.5 billion in annual trade,” he said. But over the next five to 10 years, that volume is expected to double, adding approximately $1 billion in trade value per annum. “To ensure the ongoing operation and expansion of the port, the port is looking to a new Berth 7,” Mr Davis said. “We are at capacity and need a new berth and we owe it to the Portland community (your community), the Green Triangle and (the port’s) customers much further afield to make sure the Port of Portland can support future growth.”


However a new berth would see the need to dispose “significant quantities” of dredged material into the designated spoil ground near the Yumbah site, and the port was concerned about the impacts from this on the abalone farm, asking Yumbah to produce modelling to show what that might be, given Yumbah was opposing similar dredging for a deepwater port at Kangaroo Island."

And no, abalone won't be railed to the port. The proposed farm is only about 5 km away.

Rick
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Well. Pivot Portland has stopped manufacturing fertilizer after 50 years. This site is being closed down and there's no word about anything else going in. If it's like the rest of Portland it'll probably be turned into log storage. Pivot will maintain a presence as a distribution centre but I don't know if it will stay here.

The siding across the road will remain but I don't know if the rest of the siding inside the fence will go.

Rick

  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
When was the Pivot siding last used ?
Before 1995 as the siding Is broad gauge.
  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

Various high rail vehicles have been on the Portland line recently on the back of strong rumours of traffic about to resume. Further to the thread new traffic will be added to the line as this commences.
  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

Expecting log traffic to commence.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
In Portland for the long weekend, there is definitely a bit of shine on the rails at each part of the line that I have visited.

Will go and have a bit of a look around the port tomorrow to see if any action to be seen
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Hmmm log traffic, wonder where to. S'pose Geetroit seems the obvious of PoM either for export, I guess.

BG a couple of years ago we had a bet about the mineral sands starting up again Razz a bet you won't win, so do you want to slap a down payment for 5 - 6 pints for Bingley and I while ya there...!!

Nice cafe out at Bridgewater and bit to see out there. Ya could buy ' er in doors ' a nice rose at Treloar's rose joint Bolwarra...you'll be in like flinn.....Wink

http://www.bridgewaterbay.com.au/

https://www.treloarroses.com.au/Roses

BigShunter.
  Lockspike Deputy Commissioner

In Portland for the long weekend, there is definitely a bit of shine on the rails at each part of the line that I have visited.

Will go and have a bit of a look around the port tomorrow to see if any action to be seen
BrentonGolding
Good to hear of some likely traffic down there.
As a foreshore holiday activity, I like the 'cable' trams ride.
  justarider Deputy Commissioner

Location: Bored at home
@Brenton, you will need to get to the port early. Big log boat nearly full (no loading today on PH) and should be ready to go on the tide.

Another chip boat just arrived, taking the place of a full one. Its resembling Bourke St this week with Bauxite, meat, logs & chips all on the move.

A LOT of action this week. The log store at the rail siding was empty last Thursday. Today it is FULL and they have started a new one on the wharf next to the silos.

Alas not an choo choo in sight.
The trucks have been running flat chat and I suggest keep off the Nelson road tonight, it will be chockas.


Alas leaving tomorrow and missed Bridgewater this time.

cheers
John
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
This log business looks interesting.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
AK cars arriving 13th February.  Line is being upgraded.  Details on ARTC site.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
This log business looks interesting.
bevans
Correct bevans interesting but what to where and some further info would certainly handy .

BigShunter.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
AK cars arriving 13th February.  Line is being upgraded.  Details on ARTC site.
Y115

HNY.  Do you know or are you aware of nay new traffic to come?
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
AK cars arriving 13th February.  Line is being upgraded.  Details on ARTC site.

HNY.  Do you know or are you aware of nay new traffic to come?
bevans
Rumours only, will be ready with camera when first train arrives (health permitting).
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

HNY = ????????????
YM-Mundrabilla
Hasty Nativist Yurt
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
HNY = ????????????
Hasty Nativist Yurt
potatoinmymouth
Short for Honey...Shocked which is being a bit on the forward side, I think !

BigShunter.

speaking of honey BG hasn't popped in for a while, that rose he bought working well Wink
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

AK cars arriving 13th February.  Line is being upgraded.  Details on ARTC site.
Y115
Where on the ARTC website, post the actual link please
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
speaking of honey BG hasn't popped in for a while, that rose he bought working well Wink
BigShunter
BG's Portland Sojourn

I know it is a bit cheeky of me to post this here but it is pretty much all Portland related and I'm not going to start a new thread for it Plus Shunter asked a Q or 2.

'Er indoors and I decided on a last minute trip down to Portland for the Australia Day long weekend. We booked one of the very few remaining motel rooms on Wednesday night and set off from Castlemaine on Friday after I skipped off work early at around 3PM. The trip down was an uneventful one apart from some sort of truck incident in the middle of Ararat necessitating a detour straight after we had re-fueled which caused a few momentary dramas as I lost my bearings. It was great to drive the road from Maryborough to Ararat criss-crossing the now active rail line as the last time I had done this trip it was still closed with rakes of grain hoppers stored on it near Ararat.

A bit of shine was noticed on the rails either side of each of the crossings we encountered on the leg from Maroona down to Portland and this has been covered by others in this thread.

Saturday was spent sightseeing using the Cable Tram as transport. The tickets are good for the whole day and you can hop on and off at will. We took full advantage managing to board all 5 services for the day as follows; 1st - Depot / Museum > Maritime for Brunch, 2nd Maritime > Water Tower to visit the excellent RSL museum and lookout, 3rd Water Tower back to Depot for a look around while waiting for the 4th service which we took for the short hop to the Portland Powerhouse Motor and Car Museum and then finally back on board the last service of the day back to Botanical Gardens and the short walk to Mac's Hotel.

My bet with Shunter about Mineral Sands traffic wasn't exactly foremost in my mind during this relaxing getaway but even so we sampled all 3 of the actual pubs in the town proper although we didn't have a drink at the Gordon which was way too pub TAB for us. The Royal apparently does a good feed and was really busy on Saturday night but we always seemed to roll up when they were closing as we walked home from the excellent Sandbar at Mac's Hotel. As I posted in my Google Review my Friday night dinner at Mac's was the best bar meal I have had for many years and we backed up for drinks on Saturday and then again for dinner on Sunday after a day trip to Nelson and Cape Bridgewater. I am disappointed to report that I failed to find anything resembling Stout on tap anywhere in town despite the Ballarat Stout sign in the bar at Mac's so some forward planning may be required should we ever make the trip back to settle the wager - I may have to BYO a keg of Oatmeal Stout! Oh and as for Rose? What were you thinking man! A nice Coonawarra Cab Sauv will suffice thank you.......

While in town I dragged my long suffering partner to the old North Portland station site on Saturday afternoon as it was quite close to the Motel and then thrilled her to bits by getting her to drive from this morning's breakfast at Bahloo past the port around Medeira Packet Road to take a look at the Alcoa plant and then back along the Cape Nelson Road so I could take a look at the yard. No sign of action there and all roads were still rusty but lots of saw logs stacked up possibly bound for the ship which we watched come in on Saturday which i think was Pacific Basin's Champion Bay as it is shown making multiple movements around the port on the Port Website and surprised us by being tied up at the quarantine berth where the Cruise Ships normally dock when we got back to town on Sunday afternoon. We were told they fumigate the log ships heading to China but the ship didn't appear to be loaded so maybe just parking it.

We decided to drive back to Melbourne this afternoon as the other half is starting back at work tomorrow after the summer break. I wanted to avoid Port Fairy for fear of never wanting to leave should the Caledonian be open when we arrived and so I chose a shorter route as suggested by Google Maps. Not my finest hour as navigator but that very long story can wait for another day. Suffice to say that coming across a livestock truck rollover on a 60km bend with dead cows littered all over the road reservation wasn't appreciated by the driver. We also came across a motorcyclist who had run off the black stuff and come off just before Inverleigh but he was OK and somebody had stopped to help him by the time we pulled over.

BG
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
They're fumigating the logs loaded below deck before topping her up with more logs.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
They're fumigating the logs loaded below deck before topping her up with more logs.
Y115
Thanks Y115, that thought had crossed my mind but couldn't get a decent look at her.

***edit*** I should elaborate, I suspected that may be the case as the Shipping Movements section of the PoP website shows the vessel having multiple arrivals and departures at different berths around the Port in a 2 day period.

http://pms.portofportland.com.au/shipping.aspx

I should also add that I was surprised and impressed by the level of activity in and around the port (around 400 vessels per year visit the port) and that we both really enjoyed the town which neither of us had visited since childhood (which in my case at least was a fair while back!) and will definitely be making a return visit
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
AK cars arriving 13th February.  Line is being upgraded.  Details on ARTC site.

HNY.  Do you know or are you aware of nay new traffic to come?
Rumours only, will be ready with camera when first train arrives (health permitting).
Y115

Iluka are looking at bringing the Hamilton plant back online after an upgrade to their process. The rumour is they have figured a way to extract the very fine material out of the mineral sands. If they do, then the WA material will come here for processing.

As for logs... I cant see logs leaving Portland to Geelong. There is a mill that cuts small pine logs into 50mm square posts that are exported to China for pallets. It may be more cost-effective to send one train with 40 containers to Geelong rather than 20 trucks. But that's a guess...

Y115, if you hear anything and can't get down to the yard send me a PM.

Rick

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