Portland Action

 
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
There are variable message boards on the highway stating "Train operations are resuming in February between Maroona and Portland. Take care at level crossings."

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  djukinX1016 Deputy Commissioner

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).

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
RustyRick
Interesting as Illuka have spent big dollars on upgrading their plants at Capel and Narngulu since Hamilton closed and of course a new W.A. Mine has opened that is conveniently served by both W.A. Plants being located between them both. They are also getting approvals to rework the Eneabba mine to excavate previously stockpiled material. They have also been recruiting for more staff in W.A. To work at the plants. Narngulu is also processing sands that are imported from Thevenard in South Australia.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Has Portland got on dock rail ir if not did they have and could it be reconnected?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
K S Anderson Wharf had ship side rails built when opened In 1960, but when the line was converted to standard gauge In 1995 the track on the Wharf were cut off (gauge Isolated broad gauge)
A standard gauge siding and run around loop does exist on the East side of the shipping sheds (mineral sand has been loaded before at this siding)
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
K S Anderson Wharf had ship side rails built when opened In 1960, but when the line was converted to standard gauge In 1995 the track on the Wharf were cut off (gauge Isolated broad gauge)
A standard gauge siding and run around loop does exist on the East side of the shipping sheds (mineral sand has been loaded before at this siding)
Nightfire

I "hear" the  mineral sands will be imported into the Port of Portland and Processed st Hamilton.  That may be the method and the mode.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
The new traffic identified for line deactivation is timber related.

Hamilton sands should be added to that.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
The AK test cars will make a visit to Portland on Thurs 13 Feb
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Grain trains to follow the AK track recording cars next week, details when confirmed.  Two grain ships due this month, the second one is big, taking 60,000t of canola.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Grain trains to follow the AK track recording cars next week, details when confirmed.  Two grain ships due this month, the second one is big, taking 60,000t of canola.
Y115

So safe to say all this talk of logs and minerals sands is a bit on the speculative side of the equation.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic

So safe to say all this talk of logs and minerals sands is a bit on the speculative.
bingley hall
Logs have been spoken of for at least six years, and nothing has occurred.
  Richard stroker Junior Train Controller

The log traffic is bevans pipe dream. From memory nothing has been posted apart from bevans, that log traffic will commence.
Pie in the sky , I’m pretty sure it was mentioned there are no wagons left to carry logs. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

The Glengyle is due to dock on the 12/2 , she is a 33000 tonner Bulk Carrier.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The log traffic is bevans pipe dream. From memory nothing has been posted apart from bevans, that log traffic will commence.
Pie in the sky , I’m pretty sure it was mentioned there are no wagons left to carry logs. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong
Richard stroker
Log can be loaded Into containers for export (as done In Kelso NSW) or log holding cradles can be designed to fit onto standard container flats.

Bulk export of Woodchips and Logs are a major part of Port of Portland business, unlikely that any significant amount of this trade would be taken away to another port (unless customers want their wood delivered In containers, via Port of Melbourne)
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic

So safe to say all this talk of logs and minerals sands is a bit on the speculative.Logs have been spoken of for at least six years, and nothing has occurred.
Jack Le Lievre
I can say with some knowledge of the subject, that it will not happen. The only slight chance of timber to rail is wood chips from the Myamyn chip mill to the Port. And as there is a very strong possibility of B-Triples hitting the road soon, I doubt rail traffic will happen to the Port.

Most of the plantations are west of the rail. The Casterton and the Mt Gambier would need to be reopened, and that ain't gonna happen.

Outbound to Geelong? Faint possibility.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
K S Anderson Wharf had ship side rails built when opened In 1960, but when the line was converted to standard gauge In 1995 the track on the Wharf were cut off (gauge Isolated broad gauge)
A standard gauge siding and run around loop does exist on the East side of the shipping sheds (mineral sand has been loaded before at this siding)

I "hear" the  mineral sands will be imported into the Port of Portland and Processed st Hamilton.  That may be the method and the mode.
bevans
The story is from an Iluka contact is the Hamilton site can be upgraded to collect the extremely fine sands, which the older plants in the West can't be retrofitted to collect. If they can make it work, then Hamilton will be brought back online.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
AK cars gradually heading Portland way for their run on Thursday.

Motive power is currently Lachlan Vallley's 2 x 47 class - the roster has changed several times in the last few days, but the current plan is for them to stay on the train.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Do the AK cars also check the North Portland sub?
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Do the AK cars also check the North Portland sub?
bevans
I haven't noticed any work by ARTC on the LX in that stretch, but I'll keep an eye out for shiny rails.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Do the AK cars also check the North Portland sub?
bevans
No they don't.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Portland 13th February, 2020, AK cars arrived about 1100 with 4701 and 4702.  Photos later.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Portland 13th February, 2020. AK track recording cars with 4701 and 4702.

  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Portland 13th February, 2020. AK track recording cars with 4701 and 4702.

  Carnot Minister for Railways

Portland 13th February, 2020. AK track recording cars with 4701 and 4702.

Y115
It's a jungle out there....
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Very very nice and thank you for sharing.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Well got another update from the main man who is monitoring traffic 24/7 in Cavendish, last couple of days a convoy of grain trucks from up North, Porthaul ( portland ) and Riodan Grain are the main fleet and all going to Portland of course.

So must be another ship in for a top up, Y115 or RustyRick got any up dates ?

https://riordangrains.com.au/

http://www.porthaul.com/

BigShunter.

And as is usually the case, there is a stream of log trucks coming from just North of Cavendish up the Balmoral Rd to Geelong nearly 24/7.

wonder where BG has got to, perhaps he's been locked up 'with er in doors' and he's entertaining her Wink ".

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