Bendigo Line Sightings

 
  J-C2 Beginner

Location: Northern Victoria
Good afternon all, on Friday morning 9051 went to Elmore to lead the second rake of 20 VHGF's with G524-H1-X42. Later that night around the Midnight mark 9052 departed Bendigo with 40 VHGF's with X42 short end leading. 9071 ran as G515-X31-S313 that day also.


Currently atm we have G541-XR554 on a rake of 40 VHGF's sitting in Bendigo yard ready to run north tomorrow 5/8/13. It's been well over 10 years since G541 has been in Bendigo as it was previously used on SG and then on the Long Island steel service once converted back to BG.

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  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/greensleeves94/9426594485/
  J-C2 Beginner

Location: Northern Victoria
As repoerted elsewhere 9052 had issues the other night with G541 starting a fire after oil leaked onto it's traction motors. XR553-X39 were sent to rescue the train and take it to Geelong. Here is a shot of it leaving Taradale loop.

And bellow it is 9056 which is currently stabled in Bendigo yard, set for a 2100 departure this evening.




9056-G527-P20.

  themetptc Junior Train Controller

Location: Ballarat
Noted our resident XR554 along with G529 in Bendigo Yard this arvo at the head of 40 hoppers waiting it appeared to head towards Melbourne.  These locos and wagons have been around for the past week or two in various positions, quite often with the wagons split into two groups of 20 and locos not in sight.  I did see the G and 20 hoppers head North late last week on one occasion.  It is good to have this set here.

Sim
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
After a late run into Bendigo yesterday as 9071, 9072 stabled in Bendigo yard late last night due to an incident at Digger's Rest, running back to Melbourne tonight, with S313, T356, T364 and T395.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/greensleeves94/9678060504/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/greensleeves94/9683616559/



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-3RWBice0M&feature=youtu.be
  Quambatook Junior Train Controller

The line from Sunbury to beyond has been replaced with buses to Bendigo during the Regional Rail Project but I thought I heard a train through Gisborne last night (Friday). Was I dreaming?
Can anybody elaborate???
  Dd893 Train Controller

Location: Castlemaine
I reported elsewhere that on Thursday evening push/pull P's on a Harris set arrived into Castlemaine from Kyneton. They returned to Kyneton after about 15 mins. I gather they are running shakedown trips after trackwork during the shutdown.
I gather they have done the same down south.

And so much for the re-instatement of double track north of Castlemaine and onto Bendigo. Skews bridge at North Castlemaine has had its old double track steel beam & timber deck bridge replaced with a concrete single track deck at a cost of $1.8 million.  

Cheers, Murray
  Quambatook Junior Train Controller

I reported elsewhere that on Thursday evening push/pull P's on a Harris set arrived into Castlemaine from Kyneton. They returned to Kyneton after about 15 mins. I gather they are running shakedown trips after trackwork during the shutdown.
I gather they have done the same down south.

And so much for the re-instatement of double track north of Castlemaine and onto Bendigo. Skews bridge at North Castlemaine has had its old double track steel beam & timber deck bridge replaced with a concrete single track deck at a cost of $1.8 million.

Cheers, Murray
Dd893

Thanks Murray for the info. I heard more trains through Gisborne this morning.
Regards, Quambatook.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

And so much for the re-instatement of double track north of Castlemaine and onto Bendigo. Skews bridge at North Castlemaine has had its old double track steel beam & timber deck bridge replaced with a concrete single track deck at a cost of $1.8 million.

Cheers, Murray
Dd893

Pure madness and utter short-sightedness.  Shakes head.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
Bit of action around Bendigo over the last 24 hours.

Last night a transfer train from Melbourne to SSR North Bendigo workshops operated with T377-IEV102-5 flat wagons-T373. It passed through Bendigo at about 2330:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GEOQMRYA6w

Noted in Bendigo yard this morning was the other IEV. IEV100:

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthew-davis-photography/12079810996/

Also noted at North Bendigo that there is some sleeper replacement happening on the Southern side of Nolan St.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
And so much for the re-instatement of double track north of Castlemaine and onto Bendigo. Skews bridge at North Castlemaine has had its old double track steel beam & timber deck bridge replaced with a concrete single track deck at a cost of $1.8 million.

Cheers, Murray
Dd893

Were the bridge abutments replaced or the whole bridge replaced ?

Clueless planning also went In to the Calder Freeway bridge at Harcourt, bridge abutments could of at least been put In for a future second span, but no an architecturally over designed single track bridge was built Instead.
  Dd893 Train Controller

Location: Castlemaine
Nightfire

Search "bridge beams Castlemaine" and 2 stories will appear. The Bendigo Advertiser has a pic of the west side of the new bridge. The Midland Express has a pic of the east side with the people who helped save the beams with "Sunshine Biscuits" on them.
There were a few others who were part of this group, but they refused to be photographed with a politician.

During the July 2013 shutdown the track was lifted, ballast cleared and the piers for the new deck were bored, rio'd and filled with concrete. They also removed the original side walls. Bed was then re-ballasted and track replaced.

Over the Summer 2013/14 shutdown is when they got to work knocking more of the original walls over, removing the decking & beams and replacing with the new deck. A regular Railpage poster has You Tube video of the Crane and also the concrete beams arriving onsite. I haven't found any shots of the deck being lifted into place.
A hundred or so metres either side of the bridge has been raised with ballast because of the higher deck.
It looks so damn ugly now.

Oh and to qualify for this thread, I heard the SSR transfer train head back south thru Castlemaine about 2:20am this morning.

Cheers, Murray
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Nightfire

Search "bridge beams Castlemaine" and 2 stories will appear. The Bendigo Advertiser has a pic of the west side of the new bridge. The Midland Express has a pic of the east side with the people who helped save the beams with "Sunshine Biscuits" on them.
There were a few others who were part of this group, but they refused to be photographed with a politician.

During the July 2013 shutdown the track was lifted, ballast cleared and the piers for the new deck were bored, rio'd and filled with concrete. They also removed the original side walls. Bed was then re-ballasted and track replaced.

Over the Summer 2013/14 shutdown is when they got to work knocking more of the original walls over, removing the decking & beams and replacing with the new deck. A regular Railpage poster has You Tube video of the Crane and also the concrete beams arriving onsite. I haven't found any shots of the deck being lifted into place.
A hundred or so metres either side of the bridge has been raised with ballast because of the higher deck.
It looks so damn ugly now.


Cheers, Murray
Dd893

Ok thanks

Does It look possible to add a second span ? (when a second track returns to the railway)
  themetptc Junior Train Controller

Location: Ballarat
Today at around 1625hrs XR557 & XR550 roared past Lake Weeroona heading to Bendigo with a long load of grain wagons at a speed similar to the Swan Hill pass trains, was nice to see, and hear.
Sim.
  Quambatook Junior Train Controller

Not much to see at the moment with the line suspended due works.
Replacement bus services are very visible on the Calder Fwy/Hwy at the moment.
On a cold showery Sunday afternoon  in Gisborne many workers were present around the station working to extend the platform.
Temp around 7 degrees with passing hail and rain!!!
  G Train Locomotive Driver

Noted G525 on a string of graffiti strewn VHGF grain hoppers basking in the sunshine facing north in Bendigo Yard around 9:30 this morning.
  Dd893 Train Controller

Location: Castlemaine
G525 and 20 hoppers departed Castlemaine on the up at 18:10. Last hopper has a flat on it and was clunking along.
Cheers, Murray

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