Portland Action

 
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
More old sleepers being replaced with concrete from tomorrow until 2nd Oct.  AK cars due Sunday 4th Oct.  Rumours (as usual) of grain trains from December, nothing confirmed yet.
Y115

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  justarider Chief Commissioner

Location: Free at last, free at last
More old sleepers being replaced with concrete from tomorrow until 2nd Oct.  AK cars due Sunday 4th Oct.  Rumours (as usual) of grain trains from December, nothing confirmed yet.
RustyRick
Not very many concrete in the Pic. Are they serious?
On the other hand enough wood to do the whole state.Very Happy
  Duncs Chief Commissioner

Looks more like general timber yard that a pile of timber sleepers.
  justarider Chief Commissioner

Location: Free at last, free at last
Looks more like general timber yard that a pile of timber sleepers.
Duncs
Twas a joke. Those logs are waiting for their boat.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Looks more like general timber yard that a pile of timber sleepers.
Twas a joke. Those logs are waiting for their boat.
justarider
Lol... True. There was a lull in loading for a while when China and India were locked down, but the timber industry is picking up.

There's been stacks of concrete sleepers at the south end of the yard for probably 18 months. It looks like Downer are replacing one in three or four.

Rick
  GheringhapLoop GEEWONG

Location: Gheringhap Vic 3331
Is the renewal work confined to the yard only?
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Could be a sign grain is about to return to Portland given the very large harvest and SG access?
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Is the renewal work confined to the yard only?
GheringhapLoop
Yes.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Could be a sign grain is about to return to Portland given the very large harvest and SG access?
NSWGR8022

I mentioned a few posts back that there are rumours about starting again in December, not confirmed yet.  This is Portland, anything can happen.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

According to the ARTC website on  extranet page the AK cars are travelling down to Portland arriving at 10.30am and departing back to Maroona at 11.30am, very short turn around. Then it appears on the notice and then as per V/line from the 5.10 to 8.10, one can assume it is heading up to Mildura.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

According to the ARTC website on  extranet page the AK cars are travelling down to Portland arriving at 10.30am and departing back to Maroona at 11.30am, very short turn around. Then it appears on the notice and then as per V/line from the 5.10 to 8.10, one can assume it is heading up to Mildura.
trainbrain
on the 4th October that is.oops..I forgot to put in the date................
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

Empty Grain train heading down to Portland now, looks like they are the stored wagons from Hopetoun?  But there is a Bulk Carrier due to dock at the Harbour on the 2nd October................mmm.interesting...............
  Carnot Minister for Railways

100t wagons are going to Hamilton yard for storage today. These were in storage at Hopetoun.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Are those the same 100 tonne wagons that were previously stored at Westmere? And prior to that stored on the Ararat - Maryborough line?
  GheringhapLoop GEEWONG

Location: Gheringhap Vic 3331
Can the wagons be stored in Portland?
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Well as usual the boy's have been out and caught the action with the hoppers from Hopetoun meandering through the Wimmera. During the filming it sounds as if Graeme may have been ducking for cover fairly regularly, with shots being fired left right and center, dangerous job filming trains, ya know.
The view of the rails out of Warrack has one scratching the head a bit and the Minyip Station looks as if it could do with a bit of TLC.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rZG8WG5-RY

Thanks to Graeme for the bullet proof clip....

BigShunter.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Empty Grain train heading down to Portland now, looks like they are the stored wagons from Hopetoun?  But there is a Bulk Carrier due to dock at the Harbour on the 2nd October................mmm.interesting...............
trainbrain
Bulk carrier is for fertiliser, there are no grain ships due in Portland in the next month and Graincorp hasn't listed any until December.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Can the wagons be stored in Portland?
GheringhapLoop
They were originally stored here and then moved when the grain trains started again in 2010.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
According to the ARTC website on  extranet page the AK cars are travelling down to Portland arriving at 10.30am and departing back to Maroona at 11.30am, very short turn around. Then it appears on the notice and then as per V/line from the 5.10 to 8.10, one can assume it is heading up to Mildura.
on the 4th October that is.oops..I forgot to put in the date................
trainbrain
Longer turn around than usual, normally only half hour.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland

  Duncs Chief Commissioner


Y115
Those look like mainline concrete sleepers. Is that correct?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Does ARTC use the cheapskate (low profile) concrete sleepers so greatly favoured by Metro and/or Vline in Victoria
  Z VAN Locomotive Driver

Thank you for the video Bigshunter.
These Hoppers? What is their future?
I know this is the Portland thread etc, etc however I wish to ask the question?
These hoppers have been stored for many years apparently and Pacific National has in recent times scrapped wagons that from afar could have been sold or retained for future use.
Yes SSR purchased nine Ex VR hoppers awhile back and that seems about it.
These 100t hoppers have an axle load that exceeds the Portland line and most of the Victorian Standard gauge lines, so why are they retained?
Manildra Starches have 100t hoppers, who else in regular traffic.
I will stop at that this as otherwise I will stray into speculation rather than facts!
PTE.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Asking the question what is the vehicle coding on these wagons please?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

VHLY, VHKY, VHNY.  Limited to 92T at 80 km/h between Serviceton and Appleton Dock, 80T at 80 km/h between Appleton and Albury.

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