Having mentioned earlier the work done on the Junee to Hillston line and resleepering I was given a little bit of information regarding the griffith sidings.
Allegedly last week of August 3 loco's ended up in the dirt when one of the sidings decided it had had enough and decided to the splits under the loco's. 2 x 200 tonne cranes had to be driven over from wagga wagga to rerail the loco's to do line repairs.
The sidings have always taken a beating and never really been maintained to any sort of reasonable standard, sidings don't make money.
Also on another note Leeton triangle points 2B for ricegrowers siding are locked out of use due to very severe mud holes and bent control rods and also 2F leg of the triangle might be close to dumping a loco or 3 on the ground.
Shunting has had to be changed till they can get around to fixing the points and the triangle which has needed work on it for quite some time.
Do have some video of the points in question but no software installed to edit and no time to edit.
For me, this is another show of how little the various state authorities care about rail, (I doubt very much that the line is under the ARTC control, therefore its NSW control) as there has generally always been a bun fight over who controls what track, & while its sort of rightfully so the tracks into various sidings & customers have been the cost of the client to pay for repairs, it is up to the operator of the services to ensure the the track is fit for the work intended.
What this has meant is that sidings are maintained by the Rail/track Operator but the cost is paid for for by the client, meaning in the case of these sidings, there should be effective checks over all the sidings by the rail track maintainer, to ensure they are safe & able to handle the wagons & locomotives going into the sidings.
While there is no doubt the primary line from Junee - Hillston is now all done up to modern day standards, including more than likely the primary Grain sidings, how much attention has been given to other sidings still in use at Griffith & Leeton? For years it has been known the Griffith council has wanted rail out of the centre of town, (except for through trains to & from the Hillston end) & the recent approval of the CRT hub has that fact mentioned in the news release, it is likely the facilities at Griffith & those in Leeton have had, at best minimal maintence over the years.
It would be very interesting to see & know what rail is used in these sidings & the condition of the sleepers, the booking out of track & mud holes certainly show there has been severe lack of any maintenance for some time as they take time to develop, although it can occure faster after a lot of rain following long periods of dry weather.
I'm sure that PN if they are the ones who operate in the area are not too worried about losing a shunting duty as they just want the hook & pull traffic.