Leura Landslip - Trapped V sets

 
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

16 V Set cars were actually hauled from Mt Vic yard to Flemo CS in the early hours of this morning. More to follow in the coming days.

Of course, when they have all been transferred, that will be the time when services will recommence, but can't because there is no rolling stock left to form Up services;  there will have to be a mass movement of empties back to the mountains depots!

Who did the haulage?
bingley hall
False news. The sets in Katoomba postponed to tonigh.

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  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
16 V Set cars were actually hauled from Mt Vic yard to Flemo CS in the early hours of this morning. More to follow in the coming days.

Of course, when they have all been transferred, that will be the time when services will recommence, but can't because there is no rolling stock left to form Up services;  there will have to be a mass movement of empties back to the mountains depots!

Who did the haulage?
False news. The sets in Katoomba postponed to tonigh.
nswtrains

......and 8 cars from Mt Vic on Monday night Wink
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

16 V Set cars were actually hauled from Mt Vic yard to Flemo CS in the early hours of this morning. More to follow in the coming days.

Of course, when they have all been transferred, that will be the time when services will recommence, but can't because there is no rolling stock left to form Up services;  there will have to be a mass movement of empties back to the mountains depots!

Who did the haulage?
False news. The sets in Katoomba postponed to tonigh.

......and 8 cars from Mt Vic on Monday night Wink
bingley hall
Can't take a trick. Apparently used the up relief at Katoomba to run around the V sets in 1 Platform Katoomba. No explanation as to why those sets weren't taken also. No idea of locos used.
  a6et Minister for Railways



Willing to stand corrected, but if the V sets fit in the Non Electric Stock Loading Gauge (allowing for pantographs till Lithgow), which allows them to travel pass Springwood, then its reasonable to assume that with pantographs lowered that they could be safley towed west and via the south to return to Sydney.

Regards,

Catchpoint

pantographs do have issues ... no damage if they pop up under the wires ( inside gauge ).. but are an issue in an unwired zones and workshop areas where the pantographs can be damaged or other damage can happen due to raised pantographs...( outside gauge )

would note - there is no real lock on the pantograph unless you tie then down .. will need a crew to tie down the pantographs in a safe location away from live wires ... and inspection before returning to service ...


Agreed,

I seem to recall reading that when a U set was steam hauled to Wallerawang and return on a tour back in the sixties (?) that there was a time delay because the pantographs "were tied down".

Is the power in the overhead currently even "switched on" from Mt Victoria to Lithgow anyway post bush fire damage? and / or from Springwood post landslip?

Are there not any un-wired sidings in Lithgow Yard?

No doubt if all the ducks were in a line, a decision was made, RailCorp 48's or private operator locos sent - WHS would suggest you cannot climb a ladder / use a scissor lift these days to do it...

Could the V sets not be pushed through a siding with elevated platforms in Lithgow Workshops after negotiation with the private operator? I mean after all were not the electric fleet serviced / stabled there ? 46 / 85 / 86? so the infrastructure should be in place still?

Regards,

Catchpoint
catchpoint
IIRC, & I don't know about the 85/86classes though, the interurbans that were stabled there along with the 46cl were not generally serviced there as such. Both had their own area where they were stabled. In the 46cl sidings all had their panto's dropped when stabled and all the sand boxes checked, that was done by a fuelman when not coaling/sanding steam loco's.

There were fitters and electricians at Lithgow Loco that were qualified to do certain repairs, but in general neither types really needed much done to them.

I could see no reason why they could not have been pushed into the service roads in the new facilities, also the old roundhouse was certainly usable as it had moveable platforms, and a couple of fixed ones where the diesels were serviced.
  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
Anytrip is showing today’s IP as getting past the track work and headed into Lithgow atm.

A Clarence coalie also headed west (CA71). Could be the first coal coming down the mountain in some time - seems that Eraring power station has been sourcing at least some coal from Glenlee (GL76 currently headed north).

Perhaps normality is starting to develop.

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