Dear Rail buffs, I can announce that, a new rail operator, may be set up in the next few weeks.
Facts about TRANZIT JIM pty (TJp)
TRANZIT JIM was registered as a trade mark in 1999.
Been a dream of their founder since 1989.
Business scope is `comprehensive railway operator' but is going to start off small somewhere.
A sole trader, owned by one person, also to be director.
-------- Known to rail buffs only as `TRANZIT JIM himself'.
Differs from `Garry McDonald' (WCR fame) in that TJ,
>>TJ hates the PTC, and would not want to work under them, but is very much wants to take them on.
>>Whilst TJ has the same passion for Steam, TJ also has a strong passion for Freight trains, and Modern Passenger also. (I guess not that much different thow)
Where and When are they to start ?
>Business plans are in the final stage, a lender is standing by, and the rest will come after TJ gets finance approved.
>Where to start, Melbourne, and Victoria.
What services to begin doing ?
For two reasons, TJ are trying to go after a string of different markets at the same time, with different trains and etc. Mostly for `safety via investment diversity' AND TJ has big eyes, with big plans.
Plans are, Bluebirds on two or three routes out of Melbourne,
>Melbourne - Ararat - Dimboola
>Melbourne - Albury (Would go further to Junee except for Rail Safety accreditation fees etc, and will go to Junee once that has been settled)
Also, Melbourne - Maroona - Portland is in the plans, except that TJ does not like dealing with other rail operators for track access.
Second Plans are, Hitatchis, with U-Boats as the trailers, on Hitatchi Bogies.
>>Melbourne - Newport Workshops (weekends timed to match the A.R.H.S Museum shedule)
>>Melbourne - Stoney Point (Loco Hauled Frankston - Stoney Pt, Like the old E-Trains, but the Hitatchi Ms would stay attached for the whole journey - two sets will cross near to Kannanook?)
Z Class trams, VineLander Cars, and other stuff are also of interest to TJ.
Swap bogies under U-Boat and a Hitatchi former D, use it to drive a Locomotive at other end of proposed diner tour to Seymour Loop. Diner cars are still being looked for.
SPECIALS TO LOOK OUT FOR
>First runs of each of the above tours - exclusive to rail buffs
>Bluebird trailer between two Hitatchi Motors on Melbournes BG.
>Other weird and wacky ideas and combos are yet to come to my mind.
Anyone has, Rollingstock For sale or Lease, TJ, favorite source of second hand stock is, `www.railequipment.com.au'. We like to use them to deal with, thow are dealing with others.