Heard a rumour an SSR loco sank on a siding at Murtoa
With China playing hard ball in the Barley market may well be a helping hand for Thailand, currently experiencing drought conditions, bit hard to imagine such a tropical place to be in drought. Good news for our exports.The Barley going to china is now coming from the United States rather than here as part of trumps trade deal with em.
Drought in Thailand could be good news for Australian barley growers.
Severe drought in Thailand in the first five months of 2020 has adversely affected the production of off-season (dry-season) rice and corn, primarily due to a lack of irrigation water - as reservoirs are critically low.
This will reduce the country's exportable surplus of rice, and potentially increase demand for imported wheat and barley in the 2020-21 marketing year.
While not in the same league as China, Thailand has been an increasingly active buyer of Australian barley in recent years.
Purchases of 250,000 tonnes in the 2017-18 Australian crop season (October to September) increased to almost 400,000 tonnes in 2018-19, making Thailand Australia's third-biggest barley customer.
Link from today's Wimmera MailTimes.
Is it time PN/Victrack invested in a fuel point at Maryborough?There is one at Maryborough trouble is it BG and hasn`t been used for 5 years may be more.
Then dual gauge and bring into service thanks for the update.
Is it really that hard for a long distance journey, to tow along your own fuel tanker.Is there a need? AIUI having a road tanker meet the train is the way it's done now.Is it time PN/Victrack invested in a fuel point at Maryborough?There is one at Maryborough trouble is it BG and hasn`t been used for 5 years may be more.
Is it really that hard for a long distance journey, to tow along your own fuel tanker.Having a carry along tanker you would run into issue with the EPA and probably the union and having drivers filling locos outside of a designated fuel point (do they do it now or does someone else?)
It may cost more, but maybe the operators have crunched the numbers in such a way that it works out for the better.There would have to be fixed costs in setting up and maintaining a fuel point to be attributed to every litre dispensed. Presumably all sorts of hoops to jump through just to get it approved. A mobile tanker is all variable cost. You get fuel where you want it, when you want it, if you want it, presumably dispensed into your locos by someone qualified and authorised to do so because that's their job. And later on when you're not running that route any more, you're not up for any nasty costs because your tanks leaked and polluted the ground.