Grain Harvest thread 2017/2018

 
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
8168 and BL31 arrived early morning in Portland with another PN grain.
Y115

And thundered through Heywood about an hour ago, to fetch another load.

BigShunter.

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  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Port of Portland website doesn’t have any grain ships listed to arrive up to the 19th of Jan.

Rick
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Port of Portland website doesn’t have any grain ships listed to arrive up to the 19th of Jan.

Rick
RustyRick
None as yet for the whole month but that could change within days, Graincorp has a few listed but no dates or ship names yet.  

Another PN grain here today.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
8168 and BL31 arrived early morning in Portland with another PN grain.
Do you (or anyone else for that matter) know if any of this grain has been shipped out yet?

Seems like there has been a lot of grain in over the last couple of weeks.

BG
BrentonGolding
No grain ships been or scheduled so far.  Eleven trains so far (will count them later), need about twenty four, maybe more for a full ship load.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Port of Portland website doesn’t have any grain ships listed to arrive up to the 19th of Jan.

Rick
None as yet for the whole month but that could change within days, Graincorp has a few listed but no dates or ship names yet.  

Another PN grain here today.
Y115
G520 and 8156. Tag teaming with 8168 and BL31 it seems.

Rick
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Probably a silly question but are grain trains in Victoria hauled by 2 x 81 class common, unusual or rare?
Most of the recent reports that I have seen involve an 81 and a G or BL (whatever).
Is this planned, just the way the cookie crumbled or is it done to meet crew preferences, perhaps?
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Probably a silly question but are grain trains in Victoria hauled by 2 x 81 class common, unusual or rare?
Most of the recent reports that I have seen involve an 81 and a G or BL (whatever).
Is this planned, just the way the cookie crumbled or is it done to meet crew preferences, perhaps?
YM-Mundrabilla
We used to get a lot of double 81s in Portland, I think it just depends on what locos are available.
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
I have just read on Gheringhap loop page that an SCT Grain train ran on the DN last night onto a western SG line. Does this mean a new competitor for SG in Vic? Can anyone confirm?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
I have just read on Gheringhap loop page that an SCT Grain train ran on the DN last night onto a western SG line. Does this mean a new competitor for SG in Vic? Can anyone confirm?
cbinyon
Could that be containerised grain ? or Is It bulk hoppers wagons ?
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
I have just read on Gheringhap loop page that an SCT Grain train ran on the DN last night onto a western SG line. Does this mean a new competitor for SG in Vic? Can anyone confirm?
cbinyon
Are you referring to SCT or SSR? SSR ran a grainie to Nhill a couple of days ago as reported by @Michelle12 in the Misc Vic sightings thread.

RL302-RL306 9753V Down SSR SG Grain to Nhill 13:00

They have been out that way quite a few times as reported by @BingleyHall and others.

SCT regularly runs via Gheringhap with the Dooen loading and with Superfreighters to Adelaide / Perth.

BG
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
The locos pulling the train are stated CM3315 (CF) & CM3313 (CF) with 41 grain hoppers.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
The locos pulling the train are stated CM3315 (CF) & CM3313 (CF) with 41 grain hoppers.
cbinyon
Could be an error by @GheringhapLoop ? CM3313 and CM3315 have been on lease to Qube for quite some time and with the current motive power problems they are having I would be surprised it they have given up the hire of them, they need every horse they can get at the moment!

BG
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
Could be right. I was just curious and surprised.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Probably a silly question but are grain trains in Victoria hauled by 2 x 81 class common, unusual or rare?
Most of the recent reports that I have seen involve an 81 and a G or BL (whatever).
Is this planned, just the way the cookie crumbled or is it done to meet crew preferences, perhaps?
We used to get a lot of double 81s in Portland, I think it just depends on what locos are available.
Y115
Thanks Y115
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Info today, as of Monday, GrainFlow Dimboola, will be open for grain deliveries, by appointment only, so that's it for season 16/17 she's over Red Rover.
A summary of figures would be good, I will keep an ear to the ground.

BigShunter.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

I've tallied up last year's grain movements on the Bendigo line:
PN - 73 Down, 71 Up  (Mainly Piangil, some Deniliquin)
Qube - 42 Down, 42 Up (Mainly Woorinen, one Deniliquin I think)
SSR - 6 Down, 6 Up (Deni, Mitiamo, Elmore)

That's a rough total of approx 290000 tonnes of grain hauled.

It'll be interesting to see how this year pans out.  Thus far it's been pretty busy (more so that last year, but the current closure of the Mildura line is a factor here).
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
QUBE crew training train in Portland now with CM3013 and CM3015.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
8168 and BL31 arrived Portland with another PN grain train just after 0600.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
PN grain departed, another QUBE crew training train on it's way, same locos as yesterday.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Another PN grain just arrived in Portland.  8156 and G520.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
PN grain departed, another QUBE crew training train on it's way, same locos as yesterday.
Y115

There are a couple of pictures, yesterday and Saturday of the CFCLA CM3013 " The Trump " and CM3015 " Poseidon " on the facebook page, I've lived in Hamilton,Victoria, but coming from a moderately prehistoric time, I'm not sure how to share the link or flog the photo's, so if someone else can, they are quite good pictures.

BigShunter.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
PN grain departed, another QUBE crew training train on it's way, same locos as yesterday.

There are a couple of pictures, yesterday and Saturday of the CFCLA CM3013 " The Trump " and CM3015 " Poseidon " on the facebook page, I've lived in Hamilton,Victoria, but coming from a moderately prehistoric time, I'm not sure how to share the link or flog the photo's, so if someone else can, they are quite good pictures.

BigShunter.
BigShunter
The facebook group is set to private, meaning you need to be a member to view the photos. Probably couldn't share the pictures to the wide world.

If Flickr starts behaving itself, I'll see if I can get some pics in Portland.

Rick
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Rick, there are a couple of workarounds for Flikr, I think, if you want to try:

1. Put the pics in a Gallery and post the Gallery link from the address bar - doesn't show the photos in the post but shows the link.
2. Likewise, link for each photo, NOT the generated one, though, the one in the address bar.
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
or use imgur.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Please ask the owners of the photos first before you post them here.

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