Freight Trains In The Blue Mountains

 
  Thomas the tank engine Chief Commissioner

Location: In bed doing what I do best!!!!!!!!!!!
I've just come back from a weekend in the Blue Mountains.  From my hotel room, I could hear freight trains roar back constantly at all times of the day.

Where would these trains be going?  

The Great Western Highway is also quite busy in the middle of the night for trucks as well.

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  nkpnsw Locomotive Driver

There is a variety of services but the most numerous by far are the coal trains from the western fields like those on the Mudgee lines. There are some general freight and on weekdays the Kandos cement too but sadly no more fuel trains. They are on the road.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Hi mate There are trains that come from the western coalfields, i.e Near Wallerwang, Baal Bone, and MT Airlee, They take their coal for export overseas down to Prt Kembla, There would have been the Indian Pacific as well, There's also an IRA train that goes out to Dubbo, Others can fill you in on any other trains that I have missed
  Thomas the tank engine Chief Commissioner

Location: In bed doing what I do best!!!!!!!!!!!
I saw lots of coal trains, as well as the Indian Pacific.  Lucky my room was not near the crossing or else I would have been woken up regularly by the train whistles.
  johnboy Chief Commissioner

Location: Up the road from Gulgong
Currently the Wallerwang-Kandos is running about 5 trains per day. 2 coalies to Baal Bone and 2 to Charbon, and 1 cement to Kandos, which returns in then evening over the Mountains. Weekends is reduce coal operations and no cement.

Overnight (on average) there will be a couple general freights through to SA and Perth followed by one to Manildra. There are a couple general freights to Blayney and whilst no fuel train, there is one to Dubbo.

More coals from Lithgow than anything else, but for strangely the plan expansion of Clarence will have more coal by road.
  SteamRanger Chief Train Controller

Location: Warrnambool
Do the coal trains have a set timetable or are they just slotted in between cityrail services through the mountains?
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

Whenever the prettier half and I go away, I make an effort to stay as far away from active railway lines as we can  Smile
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Mate in regards to Coal Train timetables, They do have timetables, But often they do not stick to them, There are many many things which can hold them up, So one has to be patient, (As I have discovered at Enfield many times Evil or Very Mad )
  J-Hoogs Station Master

I didn't wanna start a new thread as I am wondering about the same questions as they were here same as 6 years ago.
I've decided to try attempt my 'western Sydney' model railway layout again, based on particularly Penrith area. And I was wondering if the freight services have changed in this time? I've done a little train spotting over the last month or two and it appears that non passenger operations are lesser than previously listed back the 6 years ago, of course, my timing may be unfortunate.
So for the layout, I pretty much want to set it to the typical fleet you would see on the western / blue mountains line to today.

Besides 82s and NHSH coal wagons,
What else ride the rails today??
I apologize if this has been mentioned recently, but your help is greatly appreciative
  mikado5910 Chief Train Controller

Location: Kurri Kurri NSW
I didn't wanna start a new thread as I am wondering about the same questions as they were here same as 6 years ago.
I've decided to try attempt my 'western Sydney' model railway layout again, based on particularly Penrith area. And I was wondering if the freight services have changed in this time? I've done a little train spotting over the last month or two and it appears that non passenger operations are lesser than previously listed back the 6 years ago, of course, my timing may be unfortunate.
So for the layout, I pretty much want to set it to the typical fleet you would see on the western / blue mountains line to today.

Besides 82s and NHSH coal wagons,
What else ride the rails today??
I apologize if this has been mentioned recently, but your help is greatly appreciative
J-Hoogs
In addition to the coal trains, which are much reduced from the time of the original thread, and which can be either PN or SSR power, you would have the ore train from Blayney, which under PN operation had 2 or 3 81 class [soon to change operators I believe], containers from Kelso with a variety of SSR power including GM, B, S and C class, Fletchers container train from Troy junction with FIE class power, Manildra flour trains with 3 or 4 81 class, QUBE containerised cotton from Warren with miscellaneous power including MZs, the occasional SP/PS interstater with NR class, and any maintenance workings or movements to and from the SSR facility at Lithgow. We have stayed in the mountains several times in recent years, and some days can be really interesting.
  J-Hoogs Station Master

Just wondering if anyone has timetables for those current freight services? I've only been able to spot a few PN coalies but the times seems quite varied and a bit inconsistent. I'm guessing they run to an estimated timetable. Any approx. times will be helpful.

And I've seen a few times in the morning near Blacktown (approx. 0945) I've seen RHKY wagons with 2 PN NR's push and pull, heading East. Anyone knows what it's hailing and where it's heading from and to?
  M636C Minister for Railways

Just wondering if anyone has timetables for those current freight services? I've only been able to spot a few PN coalies but the times seems quite varied and a bit inconsistent. I'm guessing they run to an estimated timetable. Any approx. times will be helpful.

And I've seen a few times in the morning near Blacktown (approx. 0945) I've seen RHKY wagons with 2 PN NR's push and pull, heading East. Anyone knows what it's hailing and where it's heading from and to?
J-Hoogs
This runs with crushed stone (aggregate) from the new quarry south of Marulan on the main line to sidings east of Rooty Hil. I understand it runs to Mt Druitt and reverses there. There is just a simple siding at each end with no provision for running around so a locomotive must run on each end. The RKHY wagons have ECP brakes and the particular NRs, fitted for ECP braking can operate in multiple unit using the ECP cable. There are shots of this train in the NSW sightings thread at Moss Vale last Saturday, with NR15 and NR115.

M636C
  Transtopic Deputy Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Just as an aside, I've noticed more Western Coal trains travelling on the Northern Line to Newcastle.

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