SSR jobs cuts due to work downturn

 
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
It will be interesting to see then what happens with the CEY class GE locos that UGL built for Centennial. They might be leased out, or sold, or something else. They're probably owned, like the wagons, by Comm bank, so at the end of the day, it's the bank's call what happens if push comes to shove re the equipment.
craigd
Seven CEY's were built. For the last few months, three have been in storage with a rake of coal hoppers, and one has been cycled for maintenance, whilst the other three run the other coal rake.

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  2LaGrange Train Controller

All rail operators are always looking for new opertunities you never know when work will dry up, contracts end new ones come up, its shark eat shark in the rail industry.As for CEYs being stored thats not correct, all seven are rotated onto and off current services to keep the wear and tear/maitenance intervals even across the fleet.Its never a good idea to leave a loco sitting around stored,batteries for one example soon go flat if not charged on a regular basis.
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

All rail operators are always looking for new opertunities you never know when work will dry up, contracts end new ones come up, its shark eat shark in the rail industry.As for CEYs being stored thats not correct, all seven are rotated onto and off current services to keep the wear and tear/maitenance intervals even across the fleet.Its never a good idea to leave a loco sitting around stored,batteries for one example soon go flat if not charged on a regular basis.
2LaGrange
Last night at about 10:00 pm on the down through Katoomba station one of the Centenial rakes was hauled by an SSR C class leading, then a SSR G class and then BRM 001 & 002. A most unusual sight indeed. The ECP brake rear flasher was working so it appears these locos must be set up to operate the ECP system.

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  2LaGrange Train Controller

ECP will not work with those locos,that train usually runs from Newstan to NCIG but when Newstan loading is not available or there is a big programe on the west the train loads out of Clarence.The only SSR trains using ECP will be hauled by CEY locos.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
As for CEYs being stored thats not correct, all seven are rotated onto and off current services to keep the wear and tear/maitenance intervals even across the fleet.
2LaGrange
Perhaps better wording would have been "four are out of use at any one time" then? Regardless, they're not being used to their full capacity.
  Junction box Chief Commissioner

Location: newy
If they have CEYs laying about, were they a bad investment in hindsight?
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
If they have CEYs laying about, were they a bad investment in hindsight?
Junction box
My understanding is that Centennial has an agreement to run a certain amount of coal trains with Pacific National, or they pay a fee (take or pay, I think it's called). So with the reduced tonnages caused by a high Aussie dollar combined with cheaper coal elsewhere, it seems that they're using PN to run the majority of the tonnages (as per the contract), with the overflow being run by SSR. This is the same reason Airly was mothballed, iirc, to wait for the price to go back up again. I imagine the CEY's were a great investment at the time, as it follows the trend set by Xstrata and Whitehaven - supply your own locos and wagons, and nobody can hold you to ransom with rolling stock when renegotiating a contract. I don't think they foresaw the downturn. Just because they're not being used though, doesn't mean they're a waste of money - just means that there's a downturn.
  Typhon Assistant Commissioner

Location: I'm that freight train tearing through the sky in the clouds.
We're all doing it tough at the moment.
  PILBARAMAN Train Controller

Location: PILBARA
We're all doing it tough at the moment.
"Typhon"


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  Mickonthehill Station Staff

Location: Crimial Hill
Centennial are waiting until next year when the legacy coal supply contracts run out, and then the generators (coal fired power stations) will have to start paying market rates for steaming coal, or else it goes to the port and onto a ship.

And if you think NSW can swap to gas fired power, that only lasts until 2015 when the east coast gas network also goes to export pricing parity when all the Gladstone LNG plants kick in.

Just watch your electricity bill go north then.  And those CEY's will be panting for a drink when they run to the ports non-stop.  Over the life of the loco, a 12 month slow down doesn't make them a bad investment.
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
Centennial are waiting until next year when the legacy coal supply contracts run out, and then the generators (coal fired power stations) will have to start paying market rates for steaming coal, or else it goes to the port and onto a ship.

And if you think NSW can swap to gas fired power, that only lasts until 2015 when the east coast gas network also goes to export pricing parity when all the Gladstone LNG plants kick in.

Just watch your electricity bill go north then.  And those CEY's will be panting for a drink when they run to the ports non-stop.  Over the life of the loco, a 12 month slow down doesn't make them a bad investment.
Mickonthehill

It's cyclic. In the past locos have been mothballed then brought back into service when demand recovers. Hardly new.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Understand Cargill's are putting all their grain haulage contracts up for tender.  Grain harvest prospects looking very good.  I think Cargills prefer working with smaller, customer focussed operators!!!
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

Understand Cargill's are putting all their grain haulage contracts up for tender.  Grain harvest prospects looking very good.  I think Cargills prefer working with smaller, customer focussed operators!!!
Trainplanner
I'm sure that Cargill's would prefer to work with operators that are prepared to do the job for less than cost. Do you think that Cargill's recent experience with smaller customer focused operators has been a positive one?

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