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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A video by BigShunter's mum of today's train heading south through Heywood.

https://vimeo.com/user128060962/review/487080856/4d51c7b159
RustyRick

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  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
A video by BigShunter's mum of today's train heading south through Heywood.

https://vimeo.com/user128060962/review/487080856/4d51c7b159

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bevans
Too quick - try again
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

A video by BigShunter's mum of today's train heading south through Heywood.



04122020 Down by Rustyrick
RustyRick
BigShunters mum is becoming a local celebrity, she even gets her thumb in the way.............................
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
Grain ship due at end of month, should be on shipping schedule next week.
Too windy and wet to go out again today, don't know if there's a train out there.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Grain ship due at end of month, should be on shipping schedule next week.
Too windy and wet to go out again today, don't know if there's a train out there.
Y115
Nothing over the weekend or so far today.

This is summer?
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
Finally the grain ship is on our shipping schedule, due on 24th December (that can change) and taking 60,000t of barley.  We should get some more trains soon.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

Finally the grain ship is on our shipping schedule, due on 24th December (that can change) and taking 60,000t of barley.  We should get some more trains soon.
Y115
Hope to head down to Portland early in the new year via Apollo Bay of course, is the cable tram up and running?
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
Finally the grain ship is on our shipping schedule, due on 24th December (that can change) and taking 60,000t of barley.  We should get some more trains soon.
Hope to head down to Portland early in the new year via Apollo Bay of course, is the cable tram up and running?
trainbrain
Yes, tram running now.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
From today's Portland observer - a bit of history. Relevant because of the mention of increasing grain exports.

  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
The Lonie report strikes again.

Many of us consider the singling of the Bendigo line North of Kyneton to be the greatest act of vandalism ever commited by our own government.

If that is number 1, then surely enlisting that criminal Murray Lonie (a former General Motors executive no less) to head up a study on transport surely comes a close 2nd. His solution to everything was essentially to replace nearly all trains and trams with buses (and to raise fares to the point of removing any subsidy), to place nearly all freight on road trucks and to rip up every single rail line for the scrap value.

If he had is way, Victoria would still be a rust bucket.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
The Lonie report strikes again.

Many of us consider the singling of the Bendigo line North of Kyneton to be the greatest act of vandalism ever commited by our own government.

If that is number 1, then surely enlisting that criminal Murray Lonie (a former General Motors executive no less) to head up a study on transport surely comes a close 2nd. His solution to everything was essentially to replace nearly all trains and trams with buses (and to raise fares to the point of removing any subsidy), to place nearly all freight on road trucks and to rip up every single rail line for the scrap value.

If he had is way, Victoria would still be a rust bucket.
Gman_86
'Many of us consider the singling of the Bendigo line North of Kyneton to be the greatest act of vandalism ever committed by our own government.'

No 1 in my book.
No 2 is the continued use of non gauge convertible concrete sleepers in BG track maintenance.
  N451 Beginner

Location: Portland VIC
From today's Portland observer - a bit of history. Relevant because of the mention of increasing grain exports.

RustyRick

I was intrigued by the line "passenger services always had to give way to freight, Mr Chamberlain said". Is that true? I always thought passenger services took precedence over freight. Fond memories of DRC-40 in the 70's. Still going strong with the DSCR.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
It's interesting that there was that much freight traffic it was holding up the railmotor..Razz Mr Chamberlain reckoned the an air conditioned bus ( hell talk about mod con's ) could provide a much better service...

Now, the freight trains have disappeared and the "air conditioned busses" are competing with all the bloody trucks that carry the freight that trains used too.... the more thing's change the more they stay the same ! Reckon I went to secondary school with Brucie Boy's daughter.

There is a thread somewhere in here that talks about the upgrades that were done to the Portland Line, not sure when, late 70's or early 80's, reckon  a couple of loops were added between Hamilton and Portland.

BigShunter.
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville

I was intrigued by the line "passenger services always had to give way to freight, Mr Chamberlain said". Is that true? I always thought passenger services took precedence over freight. Fond memories of DRC-40 in the 70's. Still going strong with the DSCR.
N451
No, he was talking out of his hat, to put it politely. Passengers, in those days, definitely always got priority, and still do, from what I know.

Neil
  Duncs Chief Commissioner

There is a thread somewhere in here that talks about the upgrades that were done to the Portland Line, not sure when, late 70's or early 80's, reckon  a couple of loops were added between Hamilton and Portland.

BigShunter.
BigShunter
You are correct. The loops are: Glenthompson and Gramphians between Ararat and Hamilton. Followed by Chrome loop between Hamilton and Portland.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

There is a thread somewhere in here that talks about the upgrades that were done to the Portland Line, not sure when, late 70's or early 80's, reckon  a couple of loops were added between Hamilton and Portland.

BigShunter.
You are correct. The loops are: Glenthompson and Gramphians between Ararat and Hamilton. Followed by Chrome loop between Hamilton and Portland.
Duncs
Between Ararat and Hamilton loops at Maroona, Glen Thompson, Grampians AT  HAMILTON then at Chrome Loop between Hamilton and Portland.

Previously there were also loops at least at Jacksons Loop (between Ararat & Maroona) and Myamyn (Between Hamilton & Heywood).
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
From Port of Portland "trains expected 19th and 20th December".
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

reports of a Grainnie arriving in Portland, do not know the loco numbers.
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
reports of a Grainnie arriving in Portland, do not know the loco numbers.
trainbrain
XR559, G540 and 8101 arrived about 0450, crew onboard about 0600 and started work about 0745.  8101 doing the unloading, other two locos resting in yard.  Photo later, just been out wandering around for over five hours and I'm completely knackered, getting too old for this (still).
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
reports of a Grainnie arriving in Portland, do not know the loco numbers.
XR559, G540 and 8101 arrived about 0450, crew onboard about 0600 and started work about 0745.  8101 doing the unloading, other two locos resting in yard.  Photo later, just been out wandering around for over five hours and I'm completely knackered, getting too old for this (still).
Y115

Loaded at Murtoa (I think)
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
Waiting for the crew before sunrise.

  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic


XR559 and G540 waiting for 8101 to finish.
  Djebel Junior Train Controller

Slightly off topic, but how is it determined which loco in a lash up will be used for shunting?  Head office dictates?  Always the loco closest to the train?  Depends how they need to be arranged for the next trip?  Fuel remaining?  Or just the whim of the crew doing the shunting?
  Y115 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Portland
Taking the first lot to unload.

  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Any bets on how long before the track collapses?
Is this ARTC or Port Authority track?
We need another grain train derailment after St James and the Mountain to make up the three.

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