Like a many others I have had extra time on my hands over the past few weeks and have discovered the Gheringhap Loop reports for the first time - Riveting stuff and well done to Graham for capturing this.
However it's left me with a few questions to do with reporting numbers - particularly for PN Grain's.
For instance, Sunday 12th of April saw (by my interpretation) 5 different trains with codes QK or KQ indicating (NW VIC - Moree & vice versa). Furthermore on Monday 13th April there were two trains with the codes KG (NW VIC - Parkes) according to the ARTC via Wikipedia.
To make it easy as a reference point: http://ghaploop.railpage.org.au/thweeks.html
My Questions are as follows:
1) My stab in the dark is that these trains are bringing grain from NSW to Geelong Port and using Gheringhap to refuel, is that right?
2) I found a video on YouTube indicating these trains are heading for the wheatbelt in NW VIC, but why would a train run between two producing regions?
3) If my first guess is a correct interpretation, the Train Reporting Numbers are vague for the purposes of working out the end destination. For instance by my interpretation Moree could mean anywhere on the Main North/ Mungindi Line after the split at Maitland, inclusive of the Moree line. Does anyone know where these grains typically terminate at the Northern end?
Admin: Feel free to move relevant section if needed, from what I could the Gheringhap thread was for Graham to post.