PN Tocumwal Service to shunt Mooroopna tonight

 
  waynes Junior Train Controller

Location: Victoria
In a job that has not happened for some time the UP Tocumwal will shunt Mooroopna tonight.  12 wagons to come on.

Good news for the Mooroopna area.

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Does this signal a return to regular traffic into the sidings at this location or was the movement something of a once off ?
  emmastreet Chief Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Customer is railing out cotton in 40 ft. containers. Has done so several times since Patrick shut down usually for two or three week periods. Customer is based in North Shepparton.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Do SPC have any containers for loading at this location?
  emmastreet Chief Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
No. Cannery is all road transport.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
No. Cannery is all road transport.
emmastreet

Is there scope for a rail operator to move in and do a deal?  Why did this traffic move to road?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
SPC once exported processed goods, but does no or little of these days.

Export traffic would be rail contestable traffic.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
How many export contIners per week to the port from SPC ?
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Have PN continued to shunt this siding recently?
  emmastreet Chief Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
20 wagons dropped off overnight, all with 40 ft containers. It's been a month or so since Mooroopna has been used.
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
20 wagons dropped off overnight, all with 40 ft containers. It's been a month or so since Mooroopna has been used.
emmastreet

Could you tell if they were 80' wagons or the regular mix of 60's and 40's?
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
20 wagons dropped off overnight, all with 40 ft containers. It's been a month or so since Mooroopna has been used.
emmastreet

Thanks @emmastreet great update.

Was this detached from the Tocumwal Service?

Given the amount of traffic at Tocumwal and how hard it is becoming to place a container on the train there makes you wonder if an additional service is required?
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Could you tell if they were 80' wagons or the regular mix of 60's and 40's?
Greensleeves

Where they Qube wagons?
  emmastreet Chief Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Not Qube unfortunately.                                                                                                                                                               PN wagons off/on the PN Tocumwal service. 10 wagons left behind but my guess is that would be because the customer had not finished loading them.
Asciano are not interested in running the terminal full time let alone putting on another train to service it.
  emmastreet Chief Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Could you tell if they were 80' wagons or the regular mix of 60's and 40's?
Greensleeves
I'll go for the regular mix of 60's and 40's. Of the 10 wagons there this morning 7 are VQOF, 3 VQRF and 1 VQEX.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Not Qube unfortunately.                                                                                                                                                               PN wagons off/on the PN Tocumwal service. 10 wagons left behind but my guess is that would be because the customer had not finished loading them.
Asciano are not interested in running the terminal full time let alone putting on another train to service it.
emmastreet

Who is the customer?  Can they choose a new operator.
  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
Not Qube unfortunately.                                                                                                                                                               PN wagons off/on the PN Tocumwal service. 10 wagons left behind but my guess is that would be because the customer had not finished loading them.
Asciano are not interested in running the terminal full time let alone putting on another train to service it.

Who is the customer?  Can they choose a new operator.
x31

Who controls the Yard at Mooroopna?

Does SPC send it exprt containers on rail?
  emmastreet Chief Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Lease is available on the Mooroopna terminal. Interested ? Contact Kevin Hicks Real Estate, Shepparton.
  emmastreet Chief Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
Lease is available on the Mooroopna terminal. Interested ? Contact Kevin Hicks Real Estate, Shepparton.
emmastreet
Kreskas Bros., Lemnos based trucking company is the new operator.
  ozfreight Chief Train Controller

Location: hawthorn 3122
Lease is available on the Mooroopna terminal. Interested ? Contact Kevin Hicks Real Estate, Shepparton.
Kreskas Bros., Lemnos based trucking company is the new operator.
emmastreet
QUBE started a new container service from Mooroopna to Melbourne (Victoria Dock) in early October.The twice weekly service conveys dairy based products for export . Source Railway Digest ,November issue.
Edward
  emmastreet Chief Train Controller

Location: Goulburn Valley
This service ran on Thursday October 1. To date it is the only time the train has run. From memory arrived Mooroopna around 09 10 with 2 G class and 43 flats with a handful of containers. Went home around 17 00 with the same consist and a different handful of containers.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
This service ran on Thursday October 1. To date it is the only time the train has run. From memory arrived Mooroopna around 09 10 with 2 G class and 43 flats with a handful of containers. Went home around 17 00 with the same consist and a different handful of containers.
emmastreet

Could this service be the same G class locomotives used on the Denni Rice train as they are required for a very late evening departure and arrive back into Melbourne in the morning or is this the Denni rice train with additional loading attached/detached?
  brownhillboy Train Controller

According to submissions to a parliamentary enquiry into the sale of the Port of Melbourne, a Shepparton milk manufacturer will need to transport 1500 40' containers to the Port of Melbourne each month. This is the reason given for the re-activation of the Mooroopna terminal.

October 1 was given as the starting date. The non-commencement of the service could be because the increased UHT milk production has not yet started, or the whole proposal may have fallen through.

Truck movements out of the Pactum factory may give a clue.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
According to submissions to a parliamentary enquiry into the sale of the Port of Melbourne, a Shepparton milk manufacturer will need to transport 1500 40' containers to the Port of Melbourne each month. This is the reason given for the re-activation of the Mooroopna terminal.

October 1 was given as the starting date. The non-commencement of the service could be because the increased UHT milk production has not yet started, or the whole proposal may have fallen through.

Truck movements out of the Pactum factory may give a clue.
brownhillboy

1500 per month over a 20 day working month is 75 per day.  That is a lot of freight and a lot of trucks on the road if it is not carried by rail which is good news.  Is the plant adjacent to the terminal or are local truck movements required?

Will this loading go to Appleton or West Swanston?



China-bound: Pactum Dairy Group’s general manager of operations Mark Whirter packs UHT milk for export.


A NEW UHT milk plant in Shepparton will have the capacity to triple its production in the longer term.

Pactum Dairy Group has spent $40 million revamping an existing factory to pump out millions of litres of UHT milk in 250ml, 330ml or ­one litre packs each week. A company spokesman said the processing plant’s ­initial capacity is 100 million litres of milk a year but this could increase to as much as 300 million litres as sales progress.

It would produce packs of full cream and skim milk, flavoured and lactose-free milk.
About a quarter of the plant’s output this year will go to China after the group secured a supply agreement this month with Bright Dairy, a Chinese company with 400 distributors.

The new plant will be ­officially opened tomorrow by Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional ­Development Warren Truss.
Pactum Dairy Group is a joint venture between ASX-listed company Freedom Foods Group Limited and Kyabram’s Australian Consolidated Milk.

ACM is responsible for the milk supply arrangements while Freedom Foods Group will run the processing plant.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
75 wagons per day is a lot of wagons if you are working a 5 day week.

Would this be a 50 wagon train or shorter?

The plant is not near the line so a truck will be required to move the containers to the rail siding which is only a single track siding (or used to be).  The company would have been better to build the plant on land adjacent to the rail line and put their own sidings in with government assistance.

If this is true then good news for Shepparton in jobs and specifically rail jobs.  We might see crews once again based at Shepparton?

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