PN 88 class moving to Townsville

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

PN's five 88 class are moving to Townsville and PN's Bulk Division, with 8801 arriving on the 23rd of February. At this stage the intention is to use them on local shunts and transfers between PN's Partington yard and the Townsville Jetty, plus as trailing locos on the Mt Isa line. It is also likely they'll be rostered to the Burdekin sugar trains when the season starts in June. At this stage 8805 is in Progress' Redbank Workshops,  8803 is the Gladstone shunt loco and I believe 8802 and 8804 are stored at PN's Nebo yard.

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  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

PN's five 88 class are moving to Townsville and PN's Bulk Division, with 8801 arriving on the 23rd of February. At this stage the intention is to use them on local shunts and transfers between PN's Partington yard and the Townsville Jetty, plus as trailing locos on the Mt Isa line. It is also likely they'll be rostered to the Burdekin sugar trains when the season starts in June. At this stage 8805 is in Progress' Redbank Workshops,  8803 is the Gladstone shunt loco and I believe 8802 and 8804 are stored at PN's Nebo yard.
Sulla1
I assume there are still "tide-marks" on all sorts of infrastructure. A good reference point when you are trying to figure out where to park them.Wink
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
PN's five 88 class are moving to Townsville and PN's Bulk Division, with 8801 arriving on the 23rd of February. At this stage the intention is to use them on local shunts and transfers between PN's Partington yard and the Townsville Jetty, plus as trailing locos on the Mt Isa line. It is also likely they'll be rostered to the Burdekin sugar trains when the season starts in June. At this stage 8805 is in Progress' Redbank Workshops,  8803 is the Gladstone shunt loco and I believe 8802 and 8804 are stored at PN's Nebo yard.
Sulla1
It would seem like they haven't done a lot of work since their acquisition.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The 88s have had a couple of years of running as trailing locomotives mostly in the Blackwater System, but for five year old locomotives, their kilometres would be very low - with a lot of sitting around in the immediate years after purchase.

A number of Mt Isa line 83s have also gone south to the Newlands System while the Mt Isa line remains closed, while others are being used between Townsville and Cairns where locomotives don't require ATP.

To my knowledge all of the PN, Aurizon, Linfox and QR yards around Stuart and Partington remained high and dry, as did Townsville Jetty yards, which is pretty lucky as none of the yards would have been accessible by most employees to move endangered rollingstock for several days.
  fzr560 Chief Train Controller

The 88s have had a couple of years of running as trailing locomotives mostly in the Blackwater System, but for five year old locomotives, their kilometres would be very low - with a lot of sitting around in the immediate years after purchase.

A number of Mt Isa line 83s have also gone south to the Newlands System while the Mt Isa line remains closed, while others are being used between Townsville and Cairns where locomotives don't require ATP.

To my knowledge all of the PN, Aurizon, Linfox and QR yards around Stuart and Partington remained high and dry, as did Townsville Jetty yards, which is pretty lucky as none of the yards would have been accessible by most employees to move endangered rollingstock for several days.
Sulla1
Sounds like a more pro-active approach maybe required. If a couple were to "runaway" down near the jetty, is there any chance they may end up in the drink?

  No doubt the Bulk team will be very excited by the "Gift from Coal" and must be wondering what is next? Powerhauls perhaps.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The latest news - not much has happened to 8801 and 8804 since they arrived in Townsville. Both have been moved around the PN yard, but haven't ventured out onto the mainline. It appears the problems that have troubled these locomotives in the past have not been cured by the tropical air.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

8803 arrived in Townsville last week from Gladstone, joining 8801 and 8804 in the PN yard. The trio was then joined by 8805 on Monday, the latter having spent several months at Progress' Redbank workshops.
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
8803 arrived in Townsville last week from Gladstone, joining 8801 and 8804 in the PN yard. The trio was then joined by 8805 on Monday, the latter having spent several months at Progress' Redbank workshops.
Sulla1
Thanks Sulla for the update. I imagine from June with the Sugar season kicking off, that they will be used more. An interesting point above is I wonder if the PH units will come up eventually, especially when the Isa line fully fixed.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

8805 has been doing tests or crew training down the Townsville Jetty Branch and through the Queensland Sugar Limited's bulk sugar unloading balloon this afternoon. The first solo trip for the class around Townsville as far as I know.
  Fatty Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
8805 has been doing tests or crew training down the Townsville Jetty Branch and through the Queensland Sugar Limited's bulk sugar unloading balloon this afternoon. The first solo trip for the class around Townsville as far as I know.
Sulla1
It'll be interesting to hear what Townsville drivers think of them.The PN and 83 Class are excellent locos, I'm tipping that the 88s aren't going to be popular.
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
8805 has been doing tests or crew training down the Townsville Jetty Branch and through the Queensland Sugar Limited's bulk sugar unloading balloon this afternoon. The first solo trip for the class around Townsville as far as I know.
It'll be interesting to hear what Townsville drivers think of them.The PN and 83 Class are excellent locos, I'm tipping that the 88s aren't going to be popular.
Fatty
What's the cab layout on them like? Anything resembling the PN's?
  Fatty Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
8805 has been doing tests or crew training down the Townsville Jetty Branch and through the Queensland Sugar Limited's bulk sugar unloading balloon this afternoon. The first solo trip for the class around Townsville as far as I know.
It'll be interesting to hear what Townsville drivers think of them.The PN and 83 Class are excellent locos, I'm tipping that the 88s aren't going to be popular.
What's the cab layout on them like? Anything resembling the PN's?
KRviator
I recall from photos that they're a similar layout to the 83s but I haven't ever been in the cab.
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
8805 has been doing tests or crew training down the Townsville Jetty Branch and through the Queensland Sugar Limited's bulk sugar unloading balloon this afternoon. The first solo trip for the class around Townsville as far as I know.
It'll be interesting to hear what Townsville drivers think of them.The PN and 83 Class are excellent locos, I'm tipping that the 88s aren't going to be popular.
Fatty
Probably better to have them on the shorter sugar runs than the longer distance runs.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

8805 has just set off on its first sugar train trial, leaving Partington and heading to the Invicta Mill at Giru. The expectation is the Burdekin sugar traffic will become a regular assignment for the 88s.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

PN's 88 class continue to dominate bulk sugar operations out of Townsville, this morning 8803 with an empty met 8805 at Yenoor. The howling of their highspeed MTU 20V4000R43 primemovers has become a part of life in trackside suburbs...



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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

PN's 88 class is exploring new territory with the end of the Burdekin Sugar season four days ago. 8802 was taken to Cairns last night and spent the day shut down in PN's Woree Yard. It's not clear when it will be coming back or what it will be doing in Cairns. Currently CKSR work cement shunts from PN Woree to the Cement Australia silos near the Cairns Station using ex-Emu Bay 11s...these are the only shunts or trip workings done around Cairns these days.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

8803 took over Pacfic National's Brisbane to Cairns freight 6CP1 at Partington this evening and is currently working it to Cairns. First intermodal led by an 88 class as far as I know, and the first 88 to haul a train north of Townsville. 8802 was taken as vehicle to Cairns last week.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The 88s have stepped into another regular Townsville role, this week taking over the daily Townsville Jetty cement shunts running from Partington. Previously this task was usually undertaken by the which ever spare PN or occasional 83 class was sitting around. The cement is usually attached to Cairns bound 6CP1 in the afternoons, but a second shunt can also be operated for Mt Isa cement loading as well.

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