Mildura standard gauge sightings thread

 
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
No Mildura trains at the moment has the line been closed?
bevans

An UP Manangatang freight went through Ballan in the wee small hours of today.

M.

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  Carnot Minister for Railways

No Mildura trains at the moment has the line been closed?

An UP Manangatang freight went through Ballan in the wee small hours of today.

M.
The Vinelander
Still a fair bit of work to activate protected level crossings on Ararat - Maryborough section.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
No Mildura trains at the moment has the line been closed?
bevans
The Line was never officially reopened. It has and still is under reconstruction. The only reason why trains have "run" on the line is to show that things are happening before the election.

I have been told by people who have been working on the project that they find it highly amusing that everyone is patting each other on the back for a job well done when they haven't even finished said job.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Any word on the proceeding's, with the connection, at Ararat, Jack ?

BigShunter.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Apparently a SG Grain train went to Birchip overnight.  So the line is operating.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Apparently a SG Grain train went to Birchip overnight.  So the line is operating.
Carnot

8127 is in the grain loop southern side of Birchip.
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
Accompanied by two BL's
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
McConnell Dowell, put up another video, the other day, it looks to be mostly footage, we have seen before, however I spotted a short clip of interest.

Some time ago, we had quite a bit of discussion of how a new track is built, as in, you can place ballast on the bare track bed, first or lay sleepers, attach rail and then pull the track up through, freshly placed ballast.
Mike, said, he'd seen in places where a  ground sheet or polythene sheet, was placed on a prepared track bed and so on.
Well at the 37 to 43 second mark, you can clearly see, that this has been done. Don't blink or you will miss it.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umWTLPCqk4E

I reckon, this is the sort of detail and quality, that shows, the high standard that, this track is being built, too.

Very pleasing to see.

BigShunter.

Ahh, wrong thread, Mods, do you want to turf, this over in the Standard Gauge Conversion, thread, where I meant to place, it, thanks.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
G'day All,
5MP2 led by NR107 & NR1 through Sims St on the North Track at 13:31 E.D.T.

7901V led by G540, X48 & BL33 through Sims St on the South Track at 13:33 E.D.T.


Regards,

Jack
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia


7901V led by G540, X48 & BL33 through Sims St on the South Track at 13:33 E.D.T.

Jack Le Lievre

This train is currently working north from Nowingi.
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

McConnell Dowell, put up another video, the other day, it looks to be mostly footage, we have seen before, however I spotted a short clip of interest.

Some time ago, we had quite a bit of discussion of how a new track is built, as in, you can place ballast on the bare track bed, first or lay sleepers, attach rail and then pull the track up through, freshly placed ballast.
Mike, said, he'd seen in places where a  ground sheet or polythene sheet, was placed on a prepared track bed and so on.
Well at the 37 to 43 second mark, you can clearly see, that this has been done. Don't blink or you will miss it.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umWTLPCqk4E

I reckon, this is the sort of detail and quality, that shows, the high standard that, this track is being built, too.

Very pleasing to see.

BigShunter.

Ahh, wrong thread, Mods, do you want to turf, this over in the Standard Gauge Conversion, thread, where I meant to place, it, thanks.
BigShunter
Background music sounds the same as they use in that ABC send up of Nation Building 'Utopia'.
  Duncs Chief Commissioner

This looks like some good quality track being laid here. Will it be class two track? So 130kph for railcars should they be run on this line.
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
No it's freight only at this stage and will have speeds up to 80km/h @21tonne axle weight
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
This looks like some good quality track being laid here. Will it be class two track? So 130kph for railcars should they be run on this line.
Duncs

I think, you're asking quite a reasonable question.

Although, cbinyon is correct, class 3 track and 21 TAL, as is the whole line to Merbein, but the section from Ararat to Maryborough, is a far superior track, compared to the rest of the system.

In fact, this track is exactly what Mike, has described, will be the future track build to Swan Hill,
light weight concrete sleepers allowing 130 k running speed.

Not being a Pro, in the field but I would think it is being classed 3 by the speed restriction only, you would have to say the build quality or track specification's would give it a higher rating, than class 3.

One of the people with the knowledge will have the spec's and correct info, would be interesting to know.

BigShunter.

Ps, perhaps Noel Laidlaw should be running a railcar from Ararat to Castlemaine, instead from Geelong Laughing
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
Can we please keep this thread as it is named after Sightings only, please?
  Bonzel Junior Train Controller

Video of last Sunday`s up SG Fruitee sticking to the 15 kph TSR through Dunolly.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNtxNW_2WJA
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
How are the speeds elsewhere on the run?  Are there any sections that are seeing decent speeds?  Or 80kph?
  Inland_Sailor Junior Train Controller

Video of last Sunday`s up SG Fruitee sticking to the 15 kph TSR through Dunolly.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNtxNW_2WJA
Bonzel
Why 15Kmh on this section of the line? It's been DG since '96 and well bedded down. Are the BG trains also limited to 15Kmh as well? Seems out of whack to me!
  Carnot Minister for Railways

My understanding is that the DG section had a slower speed limit last weekend due to turnout work at Maryborough (i.e. it was under occupation).  I'm sure someone in the know reads this forum and could confirm or deny this.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
G, BL & 81 class on the same train.   Happened before?
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Through Donald at 7 pm, heading north with X48/BL33/G540 up front.
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
A few shots of 7901V Standard Gauge Merbein freight along the Ararat to Maryborough line with X48 leading BL33 and G540 on the 16th of March, taken at Eversley, Elmhurst, Amphitheatre, Avoca and Bung Bong. The train's speed was still limited to around 25kph due to the line still being under occupation, with traffic controllers leapfrogging the train to each protected level crossing.

Trains seen in order are:
7901V- X48, BL33 and G540



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wq8ymY8qL0
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
I drove though Ouyen this morning at approx. 5am and spotted a controller at the Mallee Hwy level Crossing control box.
Was there a train due through around that time? (if so I missed it!!!!)
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
I drove though Ouyen this morning at approx. 5am and spotted a controller at the Mallee Hwy level Crossing control box.
Was there a train due through around that time? (if so I missed it!!!!)
Pressman
Most likely 7901V if it was anything.

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