Ok time for a field/observation report from the trip to Melbourne, trainbrain loves these.
Not usual for me to be being a report this time of year but the youngest daughter got married in Melbourne on the weekend. With 2/3rd's of the kids married, should I be feeling even more prehistoric Valvegear ?
Big week for her/them married last week, reception/pi$$up this weekend and turns 30 on Sunday......
Righto, from Bordertown plenty of green pick in the stubbles so they are off to a good start to the season, bit dryer by half way to Kaniva and between Kaniva & Nhill plenty of country already worked up also piles of gypsum in most paddocks.
Heap of grain still in bunkers at Nhill and a couple of hundered thousand tonne at Dimboola, so plenty still to be done there. The Wimmera has seen an explosion of windfarms over the last few years with towers on the horizon in all directions.
The Ararat line runs very close to the Western Highway in places and it seemed to be in very good shape, plenty of weed control on the sides of the track bed and appeared to be even slashed on both sides of the formation in plenty of places.
Arriving in Melbourne at around 3:00pm could not believe the bloody traffic, we stayed over in Mont Albert and she was bumper to bumper the whole way, not a lot of fun, fairly happy the amount of traffic to be dealt with here in dons city. Even Sunday on the way to Geelong, chockers till halfway there... other daughter was doing a half ironman thingy because that's what most people do the day after a wedding...
We barreled along the Hamilton Highway and to my surprise quite a few paddocks with Sunflowers in them, wonder what the theorem there is and between 50 & 70,000 tonne of grain at Berrybank.
Truck observations, I reckon there was more A-Doubles on the road than the last time I went to Melbourne 3.5 years ago and between Nhill & Kaniva I saw this big bad boy on the road. She's called a B-Quad and has a permit to run from Robinvale to Kaniva and to Francis.
Lamattina’s own the rig, they are from Robinvale and have a huge carrot farm, the 1 at Rob'vale is or was the largest in the southern hemisphere at some stage.https://www.ownerdriver.com.au/industry-news/1808/behind-the-build-australias-first-b-quad-hits-the-road
And lastly I was just applying the throttle to the floor out of Keith and a very long grain train running along side the highway was doing the same and we where intending on stopping at Tintinarra to release the hounds so I thought I would get a great video of the train, got in postion all ready, train arrives, I hit the button, the wrong button as it turned out and got 393 pictures of the bloody train, not happy jan, with that.
Roger That, over and out.
actually just 1 other thing, still a rake of grain wagons in the Hamilton yard.