Grain silos served by rail

 
  emmastreet Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
An article in the "Country News" supplement to todays Shepparton News says Graincorp and district grain growers are calling for the re-opening of the Dookie line. Graincorp want to spend money upgrading the site but want to use rail to export grain.

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  GAS351 Train Controller

Sites that also still load include

Tocumwal, Donald, Litchfield, Kinnabulla, Birchip, Woomelang, Speed, Tempy, Ultima, Woorinen, Murrayville,
Plenty on the Sea lake and Manang tracks also.

A good give away is if the loading chutes have white safety cages around them. Ohs states they are required.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
An article in the "Country News" supplement to todays Shepparton News says Graincorp and district grain growers are calling for the re-opening of the Dookie line. Graincorp want to spend money upgrading the site but want to use rail to export grain.
emmastreet


Sounds like a good idea. Why was this line allowed to sit there and rot anyhow?

I am aware this is not the first request for access made to Vline/Victrack since the line was disconnected from the junction near Shepparton.
  GAS351 Train Controller

The points to the dookie line are still intact, master key locked and could be used tomorrow. Track obviously needs work vegetation is wild.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The mainline turnout was replaced a few years ago as part of a track rationalisation project.

The track through a level crossing needs renewing, as the rails have been pulled out of the road, due to poor road surface.
  Bethungra Train Controller

The mainline turnout was replaced a few years ago as part of a track rationalisation project.

The track through a level crossing needs renewing, as the rails have been pulled out of the road, due to poor road surface.
Nightfire

Rationalisation to what end?  Eventually Victoria if they are not already there will have a network which does not provide any useful purpose to an operator?

Was this linked to the pulling up of Shepparton yard?
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic

The track through a level crossing needs renewing, as the rails have been pulled out of the road, due to poor road surface.
Nightfire

whats the bet some suit in spring st argues that's new rail and required grade separation?
  Onelongwhistle Junior Train Controller

This line will never re-open and that's it.
As informed many years ago when I was running on this line by graham at Shepparton, the government were more than happy to open line as long as the operators timetable to use it.
As a taxpayer how would you feel the gov spends $20 million to open the line and gets used ad hoc plus maintenance costs. Look how many trains would be needed just to break even and its something the public will never see. Yes there may be more trucks on the roads which are probably owned by local operators.
It should stay closed not enough traffic. Look at the drama we are having trying to keep lines open that have many more sites to service. Please we couldn't even make a case to open Eaglehawk to Inglewood when the line was closed at Arnold.
Its the sad truth and we have to live with it.
OLW.
  GAS351 Train Controller

What crossing are you talking about Nightfire?

I went through there not long ago and I could swear the rails and points where in place.

I will pay extra close attention next time.

I agree with onelongwhistle
It will never re open.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The crossing was discussed a few years ago on this forum.

The sleepers under the road had been eaten by white ants or something and the road surface had fallen apart, so one rail had been pulled out of the broken pavement and the road surface patched up.

The Is near the Rosella factory.

The former Dookie line junction was at the Midland Highway next to the SPC factory, but was moved to near the actual veer off, where the fuel terminal Is (still has sidings) a few km's North, eliminating the need for two parreral tracks, the disused SPC sidings got disconnected at the same time.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
To maintain a road does vicroads want a Commitment for  while registrations to justify maintenance.

People on this site some on which just do not get it. Woodford could be right.

It costs 3 times the amount to fix road damage than maintain a rail line for grain.

It is also cheaper to use rail for grain than road.

This is why graincorp want to use a liberal should already be available for traffic.

What is stopping graincorp from running trains to dookie now ?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

To maintain a road does vicroads want a Commitment for while registrations to justify maintenance.

People on this site some on which just do not get it. Woodford could be right.

It costs 3 times the amount to fix road damage than maintain a rail line for grain.

It is also cheaper to use rail for grain than road.

This is why graincorp want to use a liberal should already be available for traffic.

What is stopping graincorp from running trains to dookie now ?
freightgate

It makes me wonder if it would be better if VicRoads was merged with VicTrack, with the more cost effective (i.e rail) option given priority.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
It makes me wonder if it would be better if VicRoads was merged with VicTrack, with the more cost effective (i.e rail) option given priority.
Carnot

Merging bureaucracies won't change much. What needs to change is funding - local councils should be able to re-allocate federal roads funding to rail rehabilitation funding if it's more cost-effective for them. If the grain handlers and local councils want to re-open a line and have the funding to cover most of the re-opening costs, it might actually make sense for VicTrack/Vline.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
take a look at south australia if you would like to view a model which has not worked. roads falling apart and rail lines rusting. gwa no plans to further develop the freight market for grain.

maybe that is why victoria and south australia are refered to as the rust belt.

why can;t trains access the dookie line now as was asked?
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.


why can;t trains access the dookie line now as was asked?
JimYarin

Hey Jim, how about scrolling up a couple of posts' and read Nightfire's post and take Bill with ya.

Shheeeezzz !

Woodforrrddd, people aren't reading thing's that are posted !!!!!!!!!!

BigShunter.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

take a look at south australia if you would like to view a model which has not worked. roads falling apart and rail lines rusting. gwa no plans to further develop the freight market for grain.

maybe that is why victoria and south australia are refered to as the rust belt.

why can;t trains access the dookie line now as was asked?
JimYarin

And South Australia has an ALP state government....

Roads are considered (by Govt and the public) as indispensable, but rail lines are considered disposable - even those which are ultimately cost effective.  That's been the attitude of various governments of all political persuasion for the past 50+ years.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Nearmap shows the Incomplete level crossing just outside Shepparton near the Rosella Factory

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