I am surprised as to why daylight services have been discontinued. Any reason why, and is there a possibility of a re-commencement of daylight services?
They are only nighttime services for you because your looking at the serivce as it goes thru Shepparton. Its a daylight service for Tocumwal. Anyway the cancelation of the true "daytime freight" has been discussed in another thread. The name was 9351/9352 canned (someone kind will post the link)
Ill give you some of my ideas why it no longer runs, even if it is a bit anoying that its gone.
9351 used to get into Shepp at about 1000 to 1030 ish to fufill its train order so the down pass can depart Seymour. Then it dropped its Oil loading for shepp and headed off for Toc. 9352 would return and be in shepp by around 1300 to 1345, sometimes with as little as 3 or 4 loaded 20ft containers. So the only container loading from Toc is what was left over from the previous night or the very first loadings of that morning. My guess is that the containers would need to be at Toc yard by 9.30am!!
It would then pick up the empty oil carts from shepp yard which are draged up by the Y from Shell on the Dookie line. It would then preceed to Mooroopna and pick up the Mornings container loading at about 1400ish.. To make this train you need your containers at Mooroopna by 1230, maybe 1300 at the very latest.
So while this service was great for Phillips/Patriks customers in Mooroopna, it was of less use to Toc because it departed soo early.
In the end Pac nats "we run big trains like in america" attitude showed and now the two trains are joined together.
One thing i think it may have allowed is that 9083 and 9084 run via Seymour/Toolamba. With the extra midday pass service to Shepp now i dont think they would have fitted in the echuca if 9351/9352 was running.
Also seen as thou u dont put containers on trains it shoulnd worry you much. Just get on your pushbike and ride to Tatura to see a daylight freight.[/url]