Last train to use the burra line beyond roseworthy

 
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me


Hallett is not currently listed on Viterra's web site as open

I'd forgotten that Hallett was north of Burra.
I do remember that I replaced the Elevator Motor Starter panel there in the late 1970's. It was a special because the site didn't have 3 phase power, it was rural single phase power only. The silo was(is) a two cell concrete block only.
(there were three other twin cell blocks with similar single phase power supplies, 2 at Andrews, and 1 at Melrose)
Was It doubled up single phase 480 volts ?

Since 2000 the Australian power grid has been altered to 230 volt single phase and 400 volt 3 phase @ 50 hz, Inline with most of Europe.
Nightfire
The rural supply used to be from a centre taped transformer so you could have 480 volt or 240 volt and yes it has had the same reduction so it's now 460/230volt

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  Captainchoochoo61 Locomotive Fireman

Re last trains to Burra.
As a little project I would like to look at.
Can anybody tell me the answers to these few questions.
Does anyone have access to video or data that can tell me the last carriage on the last Steam to Burra was when it departed Burra.
does anyone know what the last locomotive to leave Burra was? ( re light engine movements)
Does anybody happen to know what type of grain wagon may have been on the back end of the last grain train out of Burra. ( a wagon number would be incredibly useful, but probably impossible to find. )
And my last request is what were the last Bluebirds to depart Burra.
A long time in the dim dark past, but I need to ask as my time travel machine is in for repair at present.

Sorry to dig up an old thread like this, but it is more relevant than making a new one.
  PaulSurguy Station Master

The line past Saddleworth to Burra has absolute zitch chance of reopening. All the grain storage facilities along this line are small and not equipped for fast-rail loading. I believe that some grain trains ran to Saddleworth in the early 2000's but none for a very long time. Broad gauge trains ceased running to Roseworthy in about 2006 if memory serves me correct. At this time the Outer Harbour grain terminal was in advanced planning stage and the balloon loop at the terminal was designed to be that of standard gauge only. This effectively killed any chance of grain being hauled on the mid north rail lines as trains would only be able to discharge at Port Adelaide terminal (dual gauge).

So unfortunately, unless the rail lines are to be standardised (GWA operate 130 odd standard gauge grain hoppers), there will be no grain traffic on the mid north. Even if the lines are standardised, unless the trans adelaide network has about 7 km's of dual gauge line laid from Gawler, standard gauge trains will not even be able to access this line.

None of this will ever happen unless a big mine or something of the sort is operating in the area around the current rail line.

Maybe some genius can design a dual gauge wagon for standard and broad gauge? Don't know how something like this would work though! If something like this was done then potentially grain could be hauled from as far as Ouyen to Adelaide through the Pinnaroo standard gauge line as well as potentially be able to go to the Saddleworth grain loading facilities. I don't know how the locomotive situation would go though as you would need to swap loco's at the change of gauge.

Out of interests sake does anybody know the maximum axle load allowable on the mid north lines and the max speed when trains were last running? I know for example that on the Pinnaroo and Loxton lines, they allow 19t axle loads so about 50-52t of grain could be loaded into a wagon.
zacker
Quyen is standard gauge to Murrayville,Murrayville is broad gauge to Pinnaroo,Pinnaroo to Tailem bend is standard gauge
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

Re last trains to Burra.
As a little project I would like to look at.
Can anybody tell me the answers to these few questions.
Does anyone have access to video or data that can tell me the last carriage on the last Steam to Burra was when it departed Burra.
does anyone know what the last locomotive to leave Burra was? ( re light engine movements)
Does anybody happen to know what type of grain wagon may have been on the back end of the last grain train out of Burra. ( a wagon number would be incredibly useful, but probably impossible to find. )
And my last request is what were the last Bluebirds to depart Burra.
A long time in the dim dark past, but I need to ask as my time travel machine is in for repair at present.

Sorry to dig up an old thread like this, but it is more relevant than making a new one.
Captainchoochoo61
I am currently in Burra, the last grain train ran in 1996 according to the caretaker at the station, the last pass was in 1987, the line beyond Burra was ripped up  for  scrap, the Yard remakins at Burra with a solitary passenger car under restoration. The truntable facility remains intact but is not connected. The owner of the local Motel has an interesting display in the dining room, well worth having a meal and a visit.
  62440 Chief Commissioner

, the line beyond Burra was ripped up  for  scrap,
trainbrain
The section between Burra and Hallett was good 47 kg rail and went to the welding depot for rerailing AN mainline track

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