Red & Silver Ghan loco sightings

 
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT 36 minutes late at 12:51pm today, Sunday 28th (see below**)

NR109 NR74 with triple consist of 37 carriages (a full motorail carriage has reappeared in the consist - see below*)

8050 still as terminal shunter

*{it now seems they have found enough room at Manguri for the motorail to be included in the consist! - see post of 31st July 2016 on previous page}

** {The late departure was the result of an air leak - eventually tracked down to the drain cock on a BRJ air tank left open!}

Incidentally NR75 was 2nd loco on 5PM5 through Mt. Lofty earlier today (09:19) and NR74 was 2nd loco on 6MP5 through Mt. Lofty at 08:00 yesterday

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  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Once again thanks for the regular update
  phower Chief Commissioner

Location: Over on Kangaroo Island Sth Aust
1AD8  ex APT 36 minutes late at 12:51pm today, Sunday 28th (see below**)

NR109 NR74 with triple consist of 37 carriages (a full motorail carriage has reappeared in the consist - see below*)

8050 still as terminal shunter

*{it now seems they have found enough room at Manguri for the motorail to be included in the consist! - see post of 31st July 2016 on previous page}

** {The late departure was the result of an air leak - eventually tracked down to the drain cock on a BRJ air tank left open!}

Incidentally NR75 was 2nd loco on 5PM5 through Mt. Lofty earlier today (09:19) and NR74 was 2nd loco on 6MP5 through Mt. Lofty at 08:00 yesterday
Pressman
Thanks Tony always on the ball when you are home , Keep it up Buddy !!
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT 2 minutes late at 12:17pm today, Sunday 4th

NR109 NR75 with triple consist of 36 carriages (no motorail)

8108 having a go as terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 11th

NR74 NR75 with triple consist of 36 carriages (902m 1,773Tonnes)
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 18th

NR74 NR75 with triple consist of 36 carriages (902m 1,773Tonnes)
The exact same consist as last week besides the change out of the first Power van (HGM317 out, HGM904 in)

8050 back as the terminal shunter
  phower Chief Commissioner

Location: Over on Kangaroo Island Sth Aust
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 18th

NR74 NR75 with triple consist of 36 carriages (902m 1,773Tonnes)
The exact same consist as last week besides the change out of the first Power van (HGM317 out, HGM904 in)

8050 back as the terminal shunter
Pressman
Hey Tony what is the length this  train can legally move ex Adelaide and from Drw and Alice , as when it came back yesterday (24/09/16) I am advised  39 cars .. ?? is this Possible  and if so where would they have got the extra ... a big ask I know but as I had relatives on it , they was told on several occasions the number of cars ex Alice , but would it not foul the siding they was in as they are only about 1800 metre's ................... CONFUSED
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 18th

NR74 NR75 with triple consist of 36 carriages (902m 1,773Tonnes)
The exact same consist as last week besides the change out of the first Power van (HGM317 out, HGM904 in)

8050 back as the terminal shunter
Hey Tony what is the length this  train can legally move ex Adelaide and from Drw and Alice , as when it came back yesterday (24/09/16) I am advised  39 cars .. ?? is this Possible  and if so where would they have got the extra ... a big ask I know but as I had relatives on it , they was told on several occasions the number of cars ex Alice , but would it not foul the siding they was in as they are only about 1800 metre's ................... CONFUSED
phower
G'day phower,
When GSR quote a train length they include the locos, so for a consist of 36 carriages and 2 locos they say it's a 38 car train  
It has been know to convey carriages to Port Augusta on occasions
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 25th

NR74 NR75 with triple consist of 36 carriages

8050 as the terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Because of line closure due flooding the Adelaide bound Ghan 4DA8 was terminated at Port Augusta on Saturday.

Todays Ghan (1XD8 ???) will depart from there today. (safe to assume the consist will be as last week's)

A fleet of Buses and Limo's where at APT this morning to ferry passengers to Port Augusta
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 9th

NR75 NR109 with the usual triple consist of 36 carriages

8108 doing a stint as the terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 16th

NR75 NR74 with the usual triple consist of 36 carriages

8108 as the terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 23th

NR75 NR41 with the usual triple consist of 36 carriages

(this is the first time in 12 weeks that the Ghan has not had 2 Red NR's )

8050 has returned as the terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 30th

NR75 NR109 with a consist of 31 carriages
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 6th November

NR74 NR75 with a consist of 31 carriages

Motorail has returned to the Ghan as the Expedition Ghan (4 day Darwin to Adelaide) has ceased for the year.
This signals the end of the 'Peak' tourist season for the Top End
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Thanks Pressman.   Good to see that even on the "shoulder" period between peak and low season that The Ghan is running at 31 cars.  Spoke to friends who recently completed a Adelaide to Darwin by Ghan, WA road trip and then Indian Pacific to Adelaide trip.  They have been regular customers over the years.  Their feedback is they like the revisions in 0n-board service, Outback lounge and the dine anytime style of service now provided.   They said feedback from others they spoke was very very encouraging.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 13th November

NR109 NR74 with a consist of 28 carriages.

8050 still the terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 20th November

NR75 NR109 with a consist of 28 carriages.

8050 still the terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 27th November

NR75 NR74 with a consist of 27 carriages.

8050 still playing it's role as the terminal shunter

This is the last Sunday Ghan report from me for this year as work commitments will see me in country NSW and country Victoria for the next two Sundays (at least!).
Also note that the Ghan will not operate between 18th December and 8th January, by which time I'll be off working in Western Australia!
  trainguy84 Junior Train Controller

1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 27th November

NR75 NR74 with a consist of 27 carriages.

8050 still playing it's role as the terminal shunter

This is the last Sunday Ghan report from me for this year as work commitments will see me in country NSW and country Victoria for the next two Sundays (at least!).
Also note that the Ghan will not operate between 18th December and 8th January, by which time I'll be off working in Western Australia!
Pressman
Thanks for all your updates. Hope you still get to do a bit of train spotting while you are elsewhere in Australia
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Thanks for all your updates. Hope you still get to do a bit of train spotting while you are elsewhere in Australia
trainguy84
Thanks trainguy84, this trip will be to Mudgee, then Cessnock, then down to Moss Vale (via Sydney), then Rutherglen then across to Swan Hill, Mildura and back home. So I get the chance to see some of the Hunter Coal train and some action on the Sydney-Melbourne line and a few snippets in between (if I'm lucky!)
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Thanks trainguy84, this trip will be to Mudgee, then Cessnock, then down to Moss Vale (via Sydney), then Rutherglen then across to Swan Hill, Mildura and back home. So I get the chance to see some of the Hunter Coal train and some action on the Sydney-Melbourne line and a few snippets in between (if I'm lucky!)
Pressman
Watch out for them C class Smile
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Enjoy.   Yes try and catch the C's plus other working in NSW and down on the main south.  Was there a week ago and quite busy.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
So in times of flood are platinum passengers transported by limos for a few hours between Adelaide and Port Augusta?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
So in times of flood are platinum passengers transported by limos for a few hours between Adelaide and Port Augusta?
GeoffreyHansen
That's exactly what happened when the rail lines was closed in October.
A Platinum fare also included Limo transfers in Darwin and Adelaide.

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