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  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Y115
Nice - thanks Y115 for posting.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Do those wagons get to Victoria often?
NSWGR8022
They have been running into Victoria quite a bit over the past couple of years. Mostly running domestic feed grain back up to NSW.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Thanks Y115. I didn’t get back to take some pics. Work... Confused
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
Thanks Y115. I didn’t get back to take some pics. Work... Confused
RustyRick
Can't get back out for photos today, spent four hours walking around and still no train, supposed to be due 1030 to 1100 now with X48 on it as well.  Already have photos of X48 or I would have made the effort to get out.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

Thanks Y115. I didn’t get back to take some pics. Work... Confused
Can't get back out for photos today, spent four hours walking around and still no train, supposed to be due 1030 to 1100 now with X48 on it as well.  Already have photos of X48 or I would have made the effort to get out.
Y115
through Hamilton at 940am, on its way, at a whopping 40kmh.....................
  Fatty Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
BL33 X48 and 8125 on the pointy end. Current ETA is 1244.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
This was about 19:30. 8125, X48 and BL33 ready to drag about 48 VHAF’s north. Sorry about the quality. I couldn't hang around to get some better photos.


  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Another grain train in today. I'll try and nip down to take some photos a bit later.

Edit - at the discharge site on the dock. Semi-trailers were queued up waiting to use the same point after the train had left.

  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Another grain train in today. I'll try and nip down to take some photos a bit later.
RustyRick
Yes good 1 RR. Mum reported the train cruised through Heywood at 06:40 this morning and 1 headed North last night, I think or perhaps the night before.

Mum's videoing isn't going to well at all, so far I have a train in pitch black, so all you can see it it's headlight, got another clip cars at the level crossing, bells ringing, a clip actually in the daylight but somehow it filmed at about triple speed, so if trains run to Portland for the next few months we could be in luck. Mum and technology not really meshing up too well..Razz

BigShunter.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
8125, X48 and BL33 on today's train, started work at 0830, not sure when it arrived.
Photo or two later.
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
And we keep hearing there is no scope for logs on rail to Portland.  Look at the stack.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
And we keep hearing there is no scope for logs on rail to Portland.  Look at the stack.
bevans

No-one say there is no scope, but there are complex logistics issues that need to be resolved, not to mention the Port of Portland's general anti-rail stance over several decades.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
And we keep hearing there is no scope for logs on rail to Portland.  Look at the stack.
bevans
As stated many times by myself and others - it's just not practical to rail logs to the port. If the Coleraine, Casterton and Mt Gambier lines were open, then there'd be a firm possibility of a definite maybe.

Without those - forget it. The only possibility I can see of any timber product being shipped to the port is if the chip mill on Ellis Rd at Myaman puts in a siding and the port creates a discharge siding.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Just for something a bit different - I took this photo about three years ago for a "Where is it?" quiz. It's on the old formation to the harbour where OTR now is. The ARTC crew were staying in the motel opposite.

  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
And we keep hearing there is no scope for logs on rail to Portland.  Look at the stack.
bevans
Most of those logs should have been on their way to China but because of some disagreement with the Chinese we have no log ships going to China right now.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
And we keep hearing there is no scope for logs on rail to Portland.  Look at the stack.
bevans
The logs come from plantations within 150 km radius of the Port.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

And we keep hearing there is no scope for logs on rail to Portland.  Look at the stack.
The logs come from plantations within 150 km radius of the Port.
Nightfire
The trouble is very hard fo rail to compete with logs or woodchips when the jorney is under 200kms, road is quicker and cheaper.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
The trouble is very hard fo rail to compete with logs or woodchips when the jorney is under 200kms, road is quicker and cheaper.
kuldalai
Rail would only compete If an Inland port was established somewhere like Hamilton (where they could stockpile a crazy amount of logs / woodchips) using trains to move some of the stockpile shipside when a ship was In port loading.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
And we keep hearing there is no scope for logs on rail to Portland.  Look at the stack.
The logs come from plantations within 150 km radius of the Port.
Nightfire
Have we been writing about this before....Rolling Eyes is the lift going to the top ?

A week and a bit ago, as we glided through Bordertown, huge pile of logs there as well, but they had been trucking them from somewhere down in the South East, so more than likely not all that far from Portland... work that out ! And as has been stated China aren't taking them at the minute, so ?

BigShunter.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
And we keep hearing there is no scope for logs on rail to Portland.  Look at the stack.
The logs come from plantations within 150 km radius of the Port.
The trouble is very hard fo rail to compete with logs or woodchips when the jorney is under 200kms, road is quicker and cheaper.
kuldalai
Correct. Once a truck is loaded, the cost difference for a 20km journey vs a 100km journey is minimal.
  Z VAN Locomotive Driver

I am sure everyone who has posted prior is correct?
Trouble is Wood Chip trains run on a merry go round basis in Albany, West Australia.
How does it work there when we are met with one thousand reasons why it cannot work here in Victoria??
Please enlighten Me!.
Good to see at least grain trains are running again to Portland.
PTE.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I am sure everyone who has posted prior is correct?
Trouble is Wood Chip trains run on a merry go round basis in Albany, West Australia.
How does it work there when we are met with one thousand reasons why it cannot work here in Victoria??
Please enlighten Me!.
Good to see at least grain trains are running again to Portland.
PTE.
Z VAN

Why is it trouble? Different geography, possibly only one supplier in WA; in Vic there are multiple suppliers and as mentioned the anti-rail stance of the Port (which you chose to ignore). Just waving fairy dust around doesn't make things happen and complaining the kid next door has a bigger sandpit - maybe his Dad has more money than yours?
  Y115 Chief Train Controller

Location: Portland
I know quite a few people at the port and none are "anti rail".

Next train tomorrow and the last (of this lot) on Sunday.

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