Grain Harvest thread 2017/2018

 
  Clyde Goodwin2 Chief Train Controller

Lots of Headers being floated south bound along the Mid Western Hwy past my place this week.

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  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Lots of Headers being floated south bound along the Mid Western Hwy past my place this week.
Clyde Goodwin2
So Clyde in light of previous observations that you have made here plus this one and referring to Big S's last post would you think that Oaklands would be struggling to match Dimboola et al in grain loading this season?

BG
  Clyde Goodwin2 Chief Train Controller

Lots of Headers being floated south bound along the Mid Western Hwy past my place this week.
So Clyde in light of previous observations that you have made here plus this one and referring to Big S's last post would you think that Oaklands would be struggling to match Dimboola et al in grain loading this season?

BG
BrentonGolding
BG
No idea mate i am roughly 120km North of the Victorian border so yeah not in touch with Vic grain production,closest i get is the occasional trip down to Deniliquin  for a big shop and if im very lucky i get to see a Rice train.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
8124 and BL33 back again in Portland with another PN grain.  If silos were empty would take apporoximately 20 train loads to fill them again.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Appreciating the Portland updates.

It would be good to have a cam on the Portland line.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Yes thanks  Y115.   The postings of sightings by the likes of yourself are very much appreciated.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Dimboola must be getting a steady stream of grain, they are open till 8.00pm tonight. Then quite a wet day Wednesday and a few showers Thursday and Friday.

https://rainfall.willyweather.com.au/vic/wimmera/horsham.html

BigShunter.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Bit of a change in Portland today. G520 and G540 arrived with a grain train.

Rick
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
SSR Kensington grain ran to Elmore early this morning. PN also ran their the day before.

Also quite interesting is that there hasn't been a BG grain train through gheringhap for almost a week. I assume most are all running to Appleton Dock.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

Bit of a change in Portland today. G520 and G540 arrived with a grain train.

Rick
RustyRick
that's the 5th grain train in 10 days................
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
SSR Kensington grain ran to Elmore early this morning. PN also ran their the day before.

Also quite interesting is that there hasn't been a BG grain train through gheringhap for almost a week. I assume most are all running to Appleton Dock.
cbinyon

Mike, grammatical error, tidy that one up, if you wouldn't mind.

BigShunter.
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
Ta. Also maybe comment something useful? Cheers.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Six grain trains in Portland in less than two weeks, four last week and two (so far) this week.  First grain ship for awhile due at end of month, only here for top up as only taking less than 14000 tonnes of wheat.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Are all trains into Portland PN trains ?
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Except for the few SSR trains awhile ago, all trains are PN in Portland at the moment.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Good to see Portland picking up, starts to make you think what the opportunities will be when Maryborough to Ararat is commissioned in the coming months.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Not getting too excited about current trains, could be followed by more trainless months, but any train is better than no train.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
SSR Kensington grain ran to Elmore early this morning. PN also ran their the day before.

Also quite interesting is that there hasn't been a BG grain train through gheringhap for almost a week. I assume most are all running to Appleton Dock.
cbinyon
Was quite a fleet of PN locos at Nth Geelong yesterday. They may simply not need to run up the north west (remembering mildura is still shut) at present.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Solid rainfall yesterday over the entire Wimmera / Mallee, with falls of 25 - 50 ml, will have the headers at a stand still for a few days. Too late in the season for the Mallee and won't be of any real benefit in the Wimmera, may help finish off some green feed if there's any left.

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/wimmera_mallee.shtml

BigShunter.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
GrainCorp Nhill site extra bunkers approved.

GRAINCORP will expand its Nhill site after Hindmarsh Shire Council approved a proposal for five new grain storage bunkers.

The new bunkers would be about 40 metres by 120 metres and oriented in an east-west direction, to the east of the existing bunkers and site offices.

http://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/5060768/council-approves-five-extra-graincorp-bunkers-at-nhill/?cs=241

It is interesting that it doesn't mention any intention to build a siding for train loading, prime position being right beside the main western line, perhaps too costly.

The above cut from today's WimmeraMailTimes.

BigShunter.
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Thanks BigShunter.   On a lot of sites like this frontend loaders and trucks are frequently used for internal movements within the loading facility so that the different grades  and types of grain can be stored with much more flexibility than in the old days of expensive conveyors and silos.   Some of course do exist but at my local bin back home this "new" style of handling within the site is seen as efficient and cost effective.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Hopefully Graincorp uses some of it's bumper profit to fund some more rail improvements

http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-11-21/graincorp-profits-nearly-double/9174750

The article mentions the supply chain challenges "We have to continue to keep getting supply chain costs down in Australia. That's a combination of lower transport costs and making facilities more efficient."

The VFF are probably pretty unhappy with the rail situation in Vic at the moment and I wouldn't mind betting they are using the Road haulage suggestion to wind Governments and Councils up to get them to open the purse strings.

After all they know more than anyone that Rail is cheaper than Road for Bulk haulage and that is more $$$ in the pockets of Victorian Farmers.

BG
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
Plenty of action on the Bendigo line the past two days. Greensleeves94 up to his usual best!




https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xl-XPq46WbQ
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Yes it was a fantastic watch.  Thanks to Greensleeves and several others who go to enormous lengths to capture, edit and upload this material.   Its appreciated immensely.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

I visited the Portland silos many years ago, the guys there then said the big shed holds 500,000 tons and each of the 24 concrete bins holds 2000tons, these at the time I am speaking if were used for all sorts of grains (oats, barley, millet etc) but NOT wheat


They stated ships usually just topped up at Portland because the channel out of Geelong was not deep enough for the ships to take a full load, where as the channel into the grain loading dock at Portland is(was?) 55 ft deep.

THe guys there then provided me with an excellent tour, was VERY interesting. The only place I was not shown was in the tunnel where the grain trains unloaded, because the dust down there was chokingly thick.

woodford

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