GWNs on the move

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

G&Ws narrow gauge GT42CU-ACe GWNs are on the move. GWN001 reported passing eastwards through Charleville today on a low-loader.

G&W is currently establishing its first Queensland toehold in Mackay and Sarina.

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  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
Thanks for the heads up, I will keep an eye out for them.

I am fascinated, that they have decided to do this.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Thanks for the heads up, I will keep an eye out for them.

I am fascinated, that they have decided to do this.
Big J

The power of coal I guess...still no official word whose coal they'll be hauling.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Thanks for the heads up, I will keep an eye out for them.

I am fascinated, that they have decided to do this.
Big J
I suspect that they need to make a return on them somehow.
  Noelwb123 Station Master

Thanks for the heads up, I will keep an eye out for them.

I am fascinated, that they have decided to do this.
I suspect that they need to make a return on them somehow.
james.au
They are presently in use on the Whyalla iron ore trains so they are far from idle. Perhaps there is more money in coal than iron ore. The ex QR, ex South Africa 2250s are expected to replace them at Whyalla with 2275 already out and about on the Whyalla iron ore trains.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

GWN001 has returned to its birthplace at Downer Maryborough, arriving there today by road. With Progress Redbank handling most GT42CU-ACe repairs and overhauls in Queensland these days, the delivery to Downer is somewhat out of the ordinary.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
This will make things more interesting on the Whyalla network, with lesser power locos taking over from the GWN’s, unless wagon consists are reduced then we could see regular triple-headed trains.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

GWN003 made it to Queensland yesterday on a low-loader via Charleville. Presumably heading to Downer Maryborough today.
  2115A Locomotive Driver

I have heard that GWA may be taking over the infrastructure depot at Yukan (5 KM west of Jilalan ) where there is several short roads and a couple of sheds where track machines and the undercutter are serviced and repaired.
Wagon storage may be in Jilalan yard where there is multi user access available.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
GWN003 made it to Queensland yesterday on a low-loader via Charleville. Presumably heading to Downer Maryborough today.
Sulla1
GWN004 should be up your way, Sulla. She was reported through Mannahill, S.A. last Monday.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Perhaps they will be repainted in 1Rail livery at Maryborough...
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

I have heard that GWA may be taking over the infrastructure depot at Yukan (5 KM west of Jilalan ) where there is several short roads and a couple of sheds where track machines and the undercutter are serviced and repaired.
Wagon storage may be in Jilalan yard where there is multi user access available.
2115A

Well, that'll be interesting, and right next to the Bruce Highway, so it should be pretty easy to see them moving in. Went past there on Sunday and Aurizon's maintenance crews still appeared to be in residence at this stage.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Perhaps they will be repainted in 1Rail livery at Maryborough...
Graham4405

Can't wait to see the new monorail bogies.


edit: jokes aside, according to:
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They'll have the same colours with the new logo for now.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
The 4th GWN will leave Whyalla by road this Sunday 23/2 lunchtime (and the fourth 2250 will arrive that morning).
  Noelwb123 Station Master

The first three 2250s delivered to Whyallla, ie 2275, 2250 and 2260 were newly painted in standard GWA livery. Logic suggests that the fourth 2250 was well down the refurbishment track before One Rail was unveiled and therefore it is likely to be in the same GWA colours but perhaps with One Rail logos?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
The first three 2250s delivered to Whyallla, ie 2275, 2250 and 2260 were newly painted in standard GWA livery. Logic suggests that the fourth 2250 was well down the refurbishment track before One Rail was unveiled and therefore it is likely to be in the same GWA colours but perhaps with One Rail logos?
Noelwb123

Yep - as mentioned in the One Rail thread there is no new One Rail livery and locos will retain the the orange and black. It will be a few weeks before the first loco (not necessarily at Whyalla) is re-badged.
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
I have heard that GWA may be taking over the infrastructure depot at Yukan (5 KM west of Jilalan ) where there is several short roads and a couple of sheds where track machines and the undercutter are serviced and repaired.
Wagon storage may be in Jilalan yard where there is multi user access available.
2115A
Went past Yukan yesterday, seems no change at this stage.

I was wondering if this could happen as what would Aurizon do for the infrastructure depot that operates there already? They are located here at a convenient spot. easily accessible from the Bruce Highway for materials and people from Mackay and Sarina.

Also a convenient spot in case something goes wrong closer to the ports, which is critical to keep moving.

So I imagine if this does transpires as an idea, then Aurizon will ask for a pretty penny to replace this depot and it may not stack up commercially for GWA or 1Rail.

Or maybe they will set something up new adjoining the infrastructure depot.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
I've seen a photo elsewhere of the 4 GWNs at Maryborough West ready to head north.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I've seen a photo elsewhere of the 4 GWNs at Maryborough West ready to head north.
Graham4405

The fifth GWN002 has finished working at Whyalla and may also be up there now or at least on its way.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

I've seen a photo elsewhere of the 4 GWNs at Maryborough West ready to head north.
Graham4405
The four GWNs were reportedly moved under their own power from Downer Maryborough to Maryborough West via the Wharf Branch and the Maryborough Branch yesterday morning. 1Rail decals have been applied to the nose, but not to the longhood by the looks of things.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The four GWNs have now made it to the yard at Gladstone. The four are now stowed and uncoupled from each other.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
GWN002 departed Whyalla today.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
I was wondering what these locos will be hauling in Queensland. 1Rail don't have any wagons in Queensland do they?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

I'm not aware of any wagons arriving yet. I'm guessing they will be imported through the Port of Mackay like Aurizon's most recent delivery.

Coal on the Goonyella system, with operations based near Sarina, remains the apparent purpose of the GWN transfer.
  2115A Locomotive Driver

GWN002 Was shunting approx. 40 wagons in Jilalan yard on Monday 6th and is now stowed on the old down main line.

Sounds like a couple of similar size trains expected to arrive this week to be made up into a train.

The train is facing the port and will require a run empty through Dalrymple bay dump station before heading west to load.

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