Time for a proper update. There have been a number of loco swaps between Thevenard and Port Lincoln over the last month or two, some just as single units. Overhauls have dragged out longer than expected, so with the grain season now in full swing it is currently a scramble to get adequate power for both trains.
The Port Lincoln/Thevenard fleet was boosted by one on 21 November when 846 arrived from Whyalla. EDI Port Lincoln are trying to make it operational.
The current state of the loco fleet is this:
Grain pool - 851, 873, 905, 906, 1203, 1603 & 1606. With only one 1200 available, the second train uses all four locos that aren't with 1203.
Gypsum pool - 842, 848, 859, 1601.
846 being worked on. Will go to Thevenard once it can make it that far.
850 heavy overhaul progressing, anticipated return late January or thereabouts.
1204 still not quite ready to go back into service.
1604 still sitting out the back of the shops waiting for the return of its engine block.
865 and 871 hulks are still quietly rusting off the turntable.
As a matter of interest, the main line between Duck Ponds and Coomunga was used as the "defence line" against the Coomunga fire on 20 November. Only one minor bit of track damage. The large containment line created line alonside the main line gives GWA a nicely clear right-of-way now through the area.