NSW Northern Mainline blocked once again

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Trains are not moving through Nambucca Heads and XPT has been stopped once again.

14:41 Sydney to Brisbane XPT alteration / cancellation.

UPDATED 19 Mar 21:34

Ongoing Details Due to the pacific highway closure between Wauchope and Kempsey, this will be a bus service to Port Macquarie only.

Passengers travelling to Grafton in transit will travel via the New England Highway. All other passengers are encouraged to re-book to a later time.
NSW

Those floods must be bigger than first thought.

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  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Trains are not moving through Nambucca Heads and XPT has been stopped once again.

14:41 Sydney to Brisbane XPT alteration / cancellation.

UPDATED 19 Mar 21:34

Ongoing Details Due to the pacific highway closure between Wauchope and Kempsey, this will be a bus service to Port Macquarie only.

Passengers travelling to Grafton in transit will travel via the New England Highway. All other passengers are encouraged to re-book to a later time.

Those floods must be bigger than first thought.
bevans

Seriously. It is like noah's flood. These floods are much larger then what caused that derailment a few weeks back.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
Surely, the creation of a NSW thread for Delays and Disruptions would be more appropriate for these storm in a teacup events, thus:

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11398025.htm

Mike.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
This is not looking good

  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Note also the bus replacement services from Sydney are also travelling over a different route to Brisbane but for how long can this be provided with the rain expected to fall.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
With the emerging inland rail route and with the current rain patterns in the north of this state would the inland line have stayed open ?
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
Surely, the creation of a NSW thread for Delays and Disruptions would be more appropriate for these storm in a teacup events, thus:

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11398025.htm

Mike.
The Vinelander
I agree with you Mike, the only thing that I disagree with you on is the "storm in a teacup events". This is shaping up to be a pretty severe event, but as you say not worthy of a standalone thread. A NSW thread for Delays and Disruptions would be good.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

A dedicated thread for a fairly major event such as this one is fine by me. Once it is no longer relevant it will rapidly drop off the front page.

The only concern I have is that a more wide-ranging title might be appropriate, given the issues will turn out to affect far more than just the one route referenced in the title.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

With the emerging inland rail route and with the current rain patterns in the north of this state would the inland line have stayed open ?
freightgate
That's a very good question, and I don't know if anyone here has the answer.

Perhaps you could contribute by doing a little research into the flood damage in the areas through which the Great Dotted Line may or may not ever travel and reporting the results in a reply?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
With the emerging inland rail route and with the current rain patterns in the north of this state would the inland line have stayed open ?
freightgate
The Moree/Armidale passenger trains still seem to be running, though delayed by Inclement weather conditions.
  theanimal Chief Commissioner

With the emerging inland rail route and with the current rain patterns in the north of this state would the inland line have stayed open ?
freightgate
I left Toowoomba on Thursday at lunchtime. Headed to Goondiwindi to avoid the predicted coastal rain. for many miles there are huge signs complaining that the inland rail route will create a 150 km dam and flood their houses, whether or not that is true goodness only knows.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
If it can be said the inland rail route and the current route will not flood in the same timeframe this is good news for northern traffic to Brisbane.
  dm211060 Station Master

This is not looking good

bevans
Agree not looking good. Just a note on the attached "Tim Flannery should return his salary" comment: Climate change means less reliable rain (as Flannery said), not that it won't rain at all. In fact warmer air is able to hold more water so more intense downpours causing flooding and risk of washaways are to be expected.
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
With the emerging inland rail route and with the current rain patterns in the north of this state would the inland line have stayed open ?
The Moree/Armidale passenger trains still seem to be running, though delayed by Inclement weather conditions.
Nightfire
Moree/Armidale (NP44/NP24) services are running as far as Muswellbrook then terminating and heading back to Moree/Armidale (NP43/NP23).

Whole Hunter Valley and North Coast Shut. Last advice I saw was at 0900 each morning, ARTC will advise if the lines will be reopened. No Passenger Trains to operate through the Hunter Valley or North Coast until at least 1500hrs on Monday. This will most likely change, i've seen a number of photos of the Nth Coast line under water.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Extended rain is now predicted for NSW and I recall last time it took time to get the supply chain for coal back up and running.

Would think there will be rail and road closures in nsw for some days.

It has not stopped here.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Photos of the Wauchope Railway Bridge



and since the flodding started

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Roads also

  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
There is more heavy rain expected for up North, with another big system on the way from the West, so areas that have been hit hard already, are in danger of copping it again.
Kendall has copped a staggering 700ml + of rain in the past few days, I would not be surprized at all if there was some rail damage in that area alone, let alone other areas! (also, I would support a Sticky thread for delays and disruptions, so we can put stuff like this in it.)
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Surely, the creation of a NSW thread for Delays and Disruptions would be more appropriate for these storm in a teacup events, thus:

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11398025.htm

Mike.
The Vinelander

Storm in a tea cup. This is like noah's flood, there ain't no tea cup capable of handling this water. Warragamba is pumping so much water out the nepean that it is likely that many places are going to be flooded and it could single handedly have put much needed water into western rivers if we had the foresight to put water pipes from warragamba to western rivers. So much water it could solve all of the water problems on the murray darling.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

The Moree/Armidale passenger trains still seem to be running, though delayed by Inclement weather conditions.
Nightfire
I'm not so sure they are running. Several rivers have flooded closing the line at maitland for example.

https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7174087/train-services-suspended-on-hunter-line-due-to-flooding/
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
The Moree/Armidale passenger trains still seem to be running, though delayed by Inclement weather conditions.
I'm not so sure they are running. Several rivers have flooded closing the line at maitland for example.

https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/7174087/train-services-suspended-on-hunter-line-due-to-flooding/
simstrain
Starting from Muswellbrook they are.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
The bridge at Wauchope looks underwater at the platform level.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Coffs Harbour and places North are copping a severe pounding once again tonight, with a lot more on the way, there was a potential for 600ml of rain at Coffs I heard on Higgens Storm Chasers earlier on
128 km Grafton Radar Loop (bom.gov.au)
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Large amount of rain predicted to fall again today and into early Tuesday.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Trains are not moving through Nambucca Heads and XPT has been stopped once again.
bevans
On a  very minor side matter, thread title, unless original poster has changed it after reading this post, is 'Northern Mainline', which is not the separate North Coast route through Taree, Nambucca Heads and Casino etc. The northern mainline is the Singleton Scone Werris Creek Tamworth Armidale route that used to go to Wallangarra. Then tedious costly break of gauge from standard to 1067mm gauge to Brisbane via Toowoomba.

The NSW northern mainline still carries very heavy tonnages including coal and grain etc from beyond Werris Creek, as well as passengers from as far as Armidale and Moree, with bus links beyond.

On the more important matter of the floods and its results on transport, certainly agree with David dm211060 who earlier reminded us in this thread that climate change means less reliable rain (as Flannery said), not that it won't rain at all. In fact, David wrote, warmer air is able to hold more water so more intense downpours causing flooding and risk of washaways are to be expected.

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