Wagons and loading on the Millicent line in the 70s -80s

 
  benscaro Chief Commissioner

I am wondering if anyone has a synopsis of traffics on the Millicent line for the 1970s and 80s time period.  

I know of:

Dolomite from Tantanoola  I assume always used VHDY (?)

Briquettes for APCEL in VHBY – were four wheel open wagons, ie, G class etc, ever used and what was used for briquettes before the VHBY were introduced?

Paper from APCEL in variety of bogie vans from all states, i think some DWF used as well, not sure if any VR 4 –wheelers

Sulphuric acid for APCEL in YA 4-wheel wagon

Fertiliser for Millicent in O and OBF wagons

Cement for Millicent in APAX or APCX hoppers

Anything else?  Don't think any grain was loaded here, or at least there not any silos.  Not sure of stock.

Regards

Ben

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  allan Chief Commissioner

I suspect that Johnny's pages http://www.johnnyspages.com/index.htm are pretty much the last word on the subject...
  jm1941 Chief Commissioner

Location: Mount Gambier
I am wondering if anyone has a synopsis of traffics on the Millicent line for the 1970s and 80s time period.  

I know of:
"benscaro"

Hi Ben, This is terrible been out the job since 1992 (track shut down in Apr 1995) and these days can hardly remember the ol truck numbers anymore, but do recognise them when I see them, so I do best I can. The old out of sight, out of mind syndrome brain fade these days.  Very Happy  I kicking myself now that I never bothered to take pictures of the  rollingstock down here, just one of those stupid things that not occured to one that one would have to leave the job.... No track anymore, sigh, but was good life and times though while it lasted.

Dolomite from Tantanoola  I assume always used VHDY (?)
Yes and before them and often the bogie ELX's with fluted sides was used also.

Briquettes for APCEL in VHBY – were four wheel open wagons, ie, G class etc, ever used and what was used for briquettes before the VHBY were introduced?
I'm sure they were VHEY and were bogie hopper wagons.  Before the VHEY's came along they used the fluted sided ELX's for briquettes.

Paper from APCEL in variety of bogie vans from all states, i think some DWF used as well, not sure if any VR 4 –wheelers
DWF's were only EVER used for inward scrap paper for Cellulose in the 70's. DWF's were never used for outward paper traffic all were only bogie boxcars. All type of boxcars were used when Cellulose at Snuggery was the goer, but Apcel use mostly the high speed wagons for the SAR and Vicy jets.  
Towards end Apcel started to use some low speed bogie box cars when a shortage of the high speed boxcars.  We not used any NSWGR boxcars account door openings were not the best. We used a lot of the WAGR high speed wagons. (cannot off-hand remember their classes) Recognise them if I saw them.

The only 4 wheeled wagons that were loaded OUT on Millicent line were OBF's and GY's of dolomite at Marte. The only 4 wheelers that went out on the Millicent line was again GY's and OBF's of super phosphate both from Portland and Port Adelaide.  

Sulphuric acid for APCEL in YA 4-wheel wagon
The Sulphuric Acid wagons (cannot remember the class) were all bogie tracks, Click [color=blue][b]HERE[/b][/color] here are some at Wallarroo in 1987.
Soda ash came from Port Adelaide on OBF's for Apcel  (about 3 OBF's were on each train)

Fertiliser for Millicent in O and OBF wagons
No o's, only OB's and OBF's only. Millicent got a good lot of Super in from Adelaide way.

Cement for Millicent in APAX or APCX hoppers
Yes that be right the Mount use to get  2 or 3 a week from Port Adelaide, plus cement hoppers in from Fyansford in Vic.

Anything else?
Get a few flatops of machinery for Millicent.
Cannot off hand remember what else on Millicent line.

Don't think any grain was loaded here, or at least there not any silos.
No grain loaded on the Millicent line.  

Not sure of stock.
A bit of livestock was loaded on Millicent line they had saleyards out the other side of Millicent.

In 70's there was big trains out on that track till Cellulose closed shop, but Apcel was picking up when AN decided to let the local roady to have it all. But, them's was the breaks.  

Regards
  benscaro Chief Commissioner

thanks john, that is really helpful.

ben

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