Gheringhap Sightings w/e21/12/2019

 
  GheringhapLoop GEEWONG

Location: Gheringhap Vic 3331
Gheringhap Sightings w/e 21/12/2019.

 

There were 93 sightings for this week; This is 17 sightings less last week. Making a total of 3868 sightings for this year to date. On day 355 last year we had seen 4382 sightings, this is 514 sightings less than at the same time last year.


We saw 4 sightings on the Broad Gauge, which is 2 sightings more than last week. This total included 0 PN Grain trains and 0 Qube Grain train and 0 X SSR Grain train. Total B/G trains for this year are 115 (At the same time last year we had seen 499 B/G trains, this is 384 less than last year.) Total B/G grain trains for this year are 25 (At the same time last year we had seen 368 grain trains on the B/G) This is 343 sightings less that at the same time last year.


We saw 89 sightings on the Standard Gauge, which is 19 sightings less than last week. This total included 14 PN Grain trains, 0 Qube Grain trains and 3 SSR Grain and 0 GWA grain trains. Total S/G trains for this year are 3753. (At the same time last year, we had seen 3883 S/G trains, this is 130 less than last year.) Total S/G grain trains for this year are 682. (At the same time last year, we had seen 873 grain trains on the S/G). This is 191 grain sightings less that at the same time last year.


Total grain trains for this year are 707, this is 534 less than at the same time last year.



Regards, Graham Elliott.                                                                  



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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I realise we still have a week to run prior to the end of this year but the traffic stats for the year through Gheringhap are a good indication of the state of rail in at least Victoria.  Traffic this year compared to last has almost halved an ominous sign of the state of either rail or the inefficiency of the operators or their inability to retain business.

There are no less trains per week on average through Gheringhap then through Port Augusta.

Can 2020 go even lower in volumes?
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
bevansI realise we still have a week to run prior to the end of this year but the traffic stats for the year through Gheringhap are a good indication of the state of rail in at least Victoria.  Traffic this year compared to last has almost halved an ominous sign of the state of either rail or the inefficiency of the operators or their inability to retain business.

There are no less trains per week on average through Gheringhap then through Port Augusta.

Can 2020 go even lower in volumes?
I don't know what report you are reading to get those numbers.......

"There were 93 sightings for this week; This is 17 sightings less last week. Making a total of 3868 sightings for this year to date. On day 355 last year we had seen 4382 sightings, this is 514 sightings less than at the same time last year."

I make that a 12 > 13% reduction all of which can be accounted for by reduced grain movements (534 fewer grain trains vs 514 fewer overall makes an INCREASE in non grain trains dunnit?}.

And as has been discussed ad nauseam in this thread and elsewhere there is a little thing called the drought which affected grain volumes during the year.

Over the last month or so with grain trains ramping up again due to the promising harvest in parts of Vic combined with the completion of the Geelong C Box work Ghap loop has seen some really good numbers and you can expect that to continue well into the new year as the harvest rolls in.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
BG, I agree with the above, but with the drought in NSW, a lot more grain trains have travelled from Vic through the 'Ghap to NSW than normal.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Bevans your figures look a little off in percentage terms but looking back at the Gheringhap loop sight info the nunberbhas been going down and down.

Does the Mildura still consist of two trains crossing near or at Maryborough ?
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
BG, I agree with the above, but with the drought in NSW, a lot more grain trains have travelled from Vic through the 'Ghap to NSW than normal.
Donald
Indeed Sah but don't they still count as grain trains in the figures?

ie if there were say 100 less NSW-bound grainies that would made a 200 train reduction in total and a 200 train reduction in grainies which would still mean that once you remove grain from the equation total trains would still be slightly up?

Grain is such a huge variable depending on how good the season is that for the purpose of comparo it is worth looking at the figures without it which GoG does a great job of.

Like most here I would like to see more freight on rail but it is not all doom and gloom and certainly not as dire as the picture painted by Bevans.

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