Work east of Rooty Hill Station

 
  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop
Spotted this morning...

PN NR17 and NR40 top and tailed about a longish rake of RHKY hoppers.

The train was on the unloading siding with NR17 at the Country end and NR 40 at the Sydney end.

The train was split into two(2) halves about the unloading shed with 2/3rds of hoppers that make up the rake attached to NR17

There were no hoppers in the shed, the other 1/3 of the rake was attached to NR40

There was no hoppers on the loop siding like before

Unsure if the engines were operating or shut-down? Unsure of the number of RHKY hoppers that were in the rake

"Stop" boards are still not noted either side of the unloading shed, but perhaps there is some explanation as to why the rake / train was split?

Hope this is of interest,

Regards,

Catchpoint

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  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: North of the border!
Recently overtaken by the rock train heading south through Campbelltown at speed on the SSFL. A bit weird seeing an NR bringing up the rear XPT style.
  TC_OFF Beginner

Location: Western Sydney
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I stopped by the RDC Rooty Hill this arvo on the way to work at the Doonside end. NR40 was shut down and the train split at the conveyor shed with the shed closed, I'm guessing they're taking things slow.
  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop
Former NHBH are now running in aggregate service as RHJF hoppers, a rake was seen at Rooty Hill yesterday (09/11/16) behind double 81's in R+B colours

The 81's were not topped and tailed like the NR's but coupled together at the UP end, whether they arrived top and tail and then shunted to this position is unsure.

Regards,

Catchpoint
  M636C Minister for Railways

Former NHBH are now running in aggregate service as RHJF hoppers, a rake was seen at Rooty Hill yesterday (09/11/16) behind double 81's in R+B colours

The 81's were not topped and tailed like the NR's but coupled together at the UP end, whether they arrived top and tail and then shunted to this position is unsure.

Regards,

Catchpoint
catchpoint
That is interesting.

It suggests that they are using all the RHKY wagons.

Without ECP braking and the train cable, radio (or a second crew) would have to be used for distributed power.

I assume there are facilities for running around at Rooty Hill, either on the main line or in the unloading area.

I'm pretty sure there are no such facilities at Lynwood, since that was designed for the RKHY trains.

I think you could run around at Marulan South, but I understood that Lynwood supplied Rooty Hill exclusively.

You could shuffle the locos at Moss Vale and put a third loco on to lead into Lynwood, which could run back light.

M636C
  M636C Minister for Railways

I thought I'd check out the current situation:

Train 2124N with NR73 is stopped at the Rooty Hill siding

Train 2126 with 8152, closely followed by 8182 is passing through Picton on the up.

There is also a train 2291 standing in Maldon Cement works with NR54 and NR55 (apparently) on each end.
Those last two NRs are ECP equipped. I didn't know aggregate trains ran to Maldon.
Or did they load that train with Limestone?

M636C

Edit:

NR 73 is preparing to head back as 1225

I note there is a garbage train 1223 with 8166 at Crisp's Creek and must admit that I don't know where Garbage train numbers stop and Rooty Hill stone train numbers start (so 2126 might be a garbage train, but it is numbered above the known stone train).
  TC_OFF Beginner

Location: Western Sydney
I spotted this September 23rd, I was told the train was 1122 it had 8159 some hoppers that looked like NHSH (though I never took notice of the code) and 8104 at the other end. Apparently it was a test and it wasn't successful that day.


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  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop
Two trains were sighted at Holcim Sidings yesterday afternoon - 31st November, during the afternoon peak.

Note - both trains had a locomotive at each end of the train.

Train No.1 was on the unloading siding with NR's and RHKY hoppers
Train No. 2 was on the loop siding with 81's and RHJF hoppers

Both trains appeared to be long enough so as to fit within the "clearance" point on each siding

Two (2) RHKY hoppers were also noted at the very end of the western headshunt, right against the buffer stop.

Hope this is of interest.

Regards,

Catchpoint.
  M636C Minister for Railways

Two trains were sighted at Holcim Sidings yesterday afternoon - 31st November, during the afternoon peak.

Note - both trains had a locomotive at each end of the train.

Train No.1 was on the unloading siding with NR's and RHKY hoppers
Train No. 2 was on the loop siding with 81's and RHJF hoppers

Both trains appeared to be long enough so as to fit within the "clearance" point on each siding

Two (2) RHKY hoppers were also noted at the very end of the western headshunt, right against the buffer stop.

Hope this is of interest.

Regards,

Catchpoint.
catchpoint
On Saturday I saw 1225 run through Werai behind 8152 and 8130 leading in MU. The wagons were RHJF type, converted NHSH hoppers in bar coupled sets of three. The train had 24 wagons.

Later, heading South we dropped into Lynwood (trying to look inconspicuous) and saw 8030 alone at the head of the train.

So 8152 had been removed (possibly at Medway Junction?) and presumably returned to haul the train out of Lynwood.

They may put both locos back at the front at Medway Junction north bound....

They revert to a loco each end at Rooty Hill, possibly just before running into the unloader.

There are at least three trains of RHKY wagons (I think).

They may buy more and may be using the RHJFs as a temporary measure.

Either way, business is good. I think there have been at least three orders for RHKY wagons....

M636C
  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop
Noted this morning at Rooty Hill

81 + 82 class combination on the front of a RHJF rake of hoppers.

Unloading appeared to have finished and train was waiting for morning suburban peak to finish before leaving siding.

The 81 was leading the 82

Hope this is of interest.

Regards,

Catchpoint

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