Port Lincoln notes

 
  nic Chief Train Controller

Location: Brisbane, QLD
Sounds like GWA needs to back Junee Railway Workshop's 48 class re-manufacture program to solve it's Motive power woes!!

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  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Sounds like GWA needs to back Junee Railway Workshop's 48 class re-manufacture program to solve it's Motive power woes!!
"nic"

G&WA have 4 operational 830's sitting idle on BG in Adelaide. I can see these being transferred before long.
  NOELWB Locomotive Driver

Are there any grain trains operating out of Port Lincoln at present and if so what are the approximate schedules.
Thanks for any info.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Are there any grain trains operating out of Port Lincoln at present and if so what are the approximate schedules.
Thanks for any info.
"NOELWB"

On the previous page Peter Knife said "The grain train has settled down to a fairly regular pattern, dumping in the evening and running out overnight to the selected loading point. Only one run per day is occurring, except for days like today when there were two return workings to Cummins."  

That situation hasn't changed.  It's become a difficult place to be a railfan. The empty train leaves sometime between midnight and 4am, and depending upon the destination returns to Port Lincoln sometime between 5 and 8pm.  The destinations are arranged on a week-to-week basis, which means that without speaking to people on the ground at Port Lincoln you can't tell where the train is going.
  NOELWB Locomotive Driver

Thank you for the information duttonbay. I was looking for an update and you have provided the info I sought.
  Railwayfan Train Controller

Location: By a Railway
This mourning at 10:45 saw the grain train pass out of Port Lincoln with a 900 at the lead together with 2 1200 class. I know the 900 is either 905 or 906 (possibly 905 which was not sanctioned in the yard where the shunters are kept). The 1200s are 1203 and 1204 but not sure what order they were in. As mentioned already by Dutton, earlier schedules saw the train come in at midnight and pas out early in the mourning. Although, I did notice on several occasions that a 900 was shunting the grain into the emptying bins at the silos around 8:15-8:30 the other week.
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Today, and the other times the unloading was taking place in the morning, were "double Cummins" days when two return trips to Cummins are run. What you're seeing in the morning is the emptying of the first load and departure of the second run for the day to Cummins.

The normal pattern still holds, with the train leaving Port Lincoln usually between 10pm and midnight. If it only goes to Cummins then it's back in Port Lincoln around 7am, empties and then runs to Cummins again. Any other destination, it returns later in the afternoon or evening.

Cheers,
Peter
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
G&W now have taken over all the maintenance depots that formerly were done by EDI/Downer on Eyre Peninsula and also the Dry Creek Locomotive Centre as well. If you read the article in the September 2014 edition of "Catchpoint" it makes interesting reading actually! Starts on page 10 and goes through to page 13!
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
A loco transfer movement left Port Lincoln this morning, bound for Thevenard. 1601 is taking 905 and a freshly-outshopped ENH gypsum hopper along for the ride. 905 is the 'taxi' loco, and it will bring back one of the units at Thevenard for workshops attention. Here is the movement passing the site of Wildeloo this morning, pretending to be an overpowered 'gypo' Smile




Cheers,
Peter
  AN830 Locomotive Driver

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Out of interest how long does it take to get from Pt Lincoln to Thevenard by rail?
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Out of interest how long does it take to get from Pt Lincoln to Thevenard by rail?
AN830

Do you have a calendar?
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Do you have a calendar?
steam4ian

Very good Smile

Port Lincoln to Minnipa is one crew shift, then the crew sleep at the pub across the road. Then another shift to Thevenard. After rest time, the process is reversed. Typical running sees departure from Port Lincoln on a Tuesday morning, arriving back here on Friday morning.

Cheers,
Peter
  Guard Class 2 Chief Commissioner

Location: Elizabeth,South Australia
Peter, is the barracks still in existence at Minnipa, or is it long gone?
Also, just wondering if you know whether Rick and Marge Elefsen still run the pub at Minnipa?

Thanks,
Wayne
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Peter, is the barracks still in existence at Minnipa, or is it long gone?
Also, just wondering if you know whether Rick and Marge Elefsen still run the pub at Minnipa?
Guard Class 2

The barracks building is still there, but it was 'handed back' to the government by GWA a couple of years ago. Easier to use the pub for these occasional transfers. And yes, the Elefsens still run things.

Cheers,
Peter
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
The Thevenard loco swap arrived back in Port Lincoln, with 905 bringing 848 down for attention.

1301 (from Whyalla) is due in Port Lincoln by road today. The engine out of 1604 will be installed in 1301, then 1301 will be returned to Whyalla.

A shunter's float is being put together at Port Lincoln workshops for the Cummins bunker siding. This will provide a safer platform for the second person during the long propelling movement into the bunker facility. The underframe for the float comes from the ex-VR NN ballast hopper (broad gauge) which was trialled on the Thevenard gypsum train some years ago. This vehicle was painted bright yellow and numbered ENHB 86, and has been sitting unused off the turntable here since the trial.

I should also belatedly record that 846 was withdrawn and stored early this month, and is parked at the back of the workshops building. Previous withdrawals 842 and 847 are stored off the turntable, and the hulks of 865 and 871 still grace the main yard.

Cheers,
Peter
  BIG-BEAR Chief Train Controller


The current state of the loco fleet is this:

Grain pool - 851, 873, 905, 906, 1203, 1603 & 1606. With only one 1200 available, the second train uses all four locos that aren't with 1203.

Gypsum pool - 842, 848, 859, 1601.

846 being worked on. Will go to Thevenard once it can make it that far.
850 heavy overhaul progressing, anticipated return late January or thereabouts.
1204 still not quite ready to go back into service.
1604 still sitting out the back of the shops waiting for the return of its engine block.
865 and 871 hulks are still quietly rusting off the turntable.

Cheers,
Peter
pjknife

This list was done 2 years ago .

I was wondering if a list could be done for the current state of the 830 class at Pt Lincoln and Whyalla .

which are strip hulks , in one piece . sort of but stored , and what is still running .

Just out of interested which 830 class could be contenders for preservation to find a new home at Pichi Richi Railway or Steamtown .

From what I know there is 4 / 830 class on broad gauge which could be contenders for Steamranger and Port dock .
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
I was wondering if a list could be done for the current state of the 830 class at Pt Lincoln and Whyalla .
BIG-BEAR

Here is the current loco fleet at Port Lincoln:

Grain pool - 850, 851, 859, 905, 906, 1203 & 1204.

Gypsum pool - 873, 1601, 1603, 1606.

842 and 847 withdrawn, stored off turntable.
846 withdrawn, stored behind workshops.
848 workshops attention.
865 and 871 hulks stored in the main yard along with the ballast plough and ENHG ballast hoppers.
1604 withdrawn, in workshops being stripped.

Not sure about Whyalla, but I think the only locos there now are GWNs, CKs and 900s.

Cheers,
Peter
  mrjones Station Master



Not sure about Whyalla, but I think the only locos there now are GWNs, CKs and 900s.

Cheers,
Peter
pjknife

904 is paired up with a GWN, 907 is in a triple unit on 'E' rake (RSK) with 1907 and CK3 and 902 has spent the last week on the pit line behind the GWA office not sure if it has a problem or if is on standby for one of the other 900's.

901 and 903 are still shunting on the Hot Metal line.
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
1301 arrived in Port Lincoln today. It should feel right at home, being met by RSKs awaiting adaption for the gypsum train.

  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Reported on ABC radio that the gypsum train derailed near Ceduna around 9 this morning. Don't have any details yet.

In a way, not a surprise as the track has been in atrocious condition for several years now. But it's ironic that a derailment occurs just as tenders for the track reconstruction are about to be finalised.

Peter
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
Reported on ABC radio that the gypsum train derailed near Ceduna around 9 this morning. Don't have any details yet.
pjknife

The derailment was in the township area. 14 gypsum hoppers derailed, 7 on their sides and 7 still upright. The site was cleared and operations resumed yesterday.

Cheers,
Peter
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

No photos in the West Coast Recorder, Peter?  Smile
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
No photos in the West Coast Recorder, Peter? Smile
duttonbay

Today's West Coast Sentinel (it's a weekly paper) has a report and a couple of photos:

http://www.westcoastsentinel.com.au/story/2658617/investigation-into-derailment/?cs=1295

(The West Coast Recorder ceased publication many years ago.)

Cheers,
Peter
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Today's West Coast Sentinel (it's a weekly paper) has a report and a couple of photos:
"pjknife"

Thanks
(The West Coast Recorder ceased publication many years ago.)
"pjknife"

Hence the smiley...
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
The first of the ex-BHP Whyalla iron ore hoppers adapted for gypsum traffic was outshopped at Port Lincoln yesterday. Numbered RSG1, it was previously (RSK) 29. New hungry boards have been fitted, and the interior has a special coating sprayed on to assist the flow of gypsum.



1606/873 left Port Lincoln this morning for Thevenard after workshops attention, taking RSG1 along for the ride. The return working will be 850/851.

The regular power for the grain train is 1204/906/859/1203, with 905 acting as jetty shunter. Daylight saving working is in effect, which means departure from Port Lincoln around 9:30 each morning.

1301 is still being worked on, with completion now anticipated in late February or March.

Scrapping of 842, 848, 865 and 871 is apparently 'imminent'.

Cheers,
Peter

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