East End Branch and Fisherman's Landing Branch

 
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East End Branch and Fisherman's Landing Branch

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Taragoola trains are no more. Monto branch cut out completely by straight railing the Moura Short Line at Graham, but the Graham signals still operate. I never got onto a Taragoola train, Im told it was a pretty cushy job.

East End Mine to QCL is now DOO crewed by Rocky drivers, Calle drivers havent done the job in a number of years. I havent seen anything other than a 4000/4100 loco on the lead of this train. Complete turn around time for this service is approx 4 hrs, one hour to load, one to transit to QCL, one to unload, and one to transit back to EEM. So, when Calle crews did the job, we could get 2 complete cycles in a 10 hr shift. After its run, it comes to Calle for provisioning. Even this was a fairly cushy job.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Taragoola trains are no more. Monto branch cut out completely by straight railing the Moura Short Line at Graham, but the Graham signals still operate. I never got onto a Taragoola train, Im told it was a pretty cushy job.

East End Mine to QCL is now DOO crewed by Rocky drivers, Calle drivers havent done the job in a number of years. I haven't seen anything other than a 4000/4100 loco on the lead of this train. Complete turn around time for this service is approx 4 hrs, one hour to load, one to transit to QCL, one to unload, and one to transit back to EEM. So, when Calle crews did the job, we could get 2 complete cycles in a 10 hr shift. After its run, it comes to Calle for provisioning. Even this was a fairly cushy job.
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Thanks.

When Taragoola was started it was a bit controversial as Cement Aust was forced to use rail because I think its called Red Rover Road was claimed to not be up to the task being single lane sealed. After the contract was signed and trains ran, the road through the back of Yarwun was upgraded to basically B-double standard. Not sure if they are still using the limestone from there to make lime of switched to East End Mine limestone.

[Looking at their site, its hard to tell but it doesn't look like they have incoming trucks of Limestone and the Sat photos at Taragoola show the loading loop to be empty of any material so likely when taken they had stopped rail by then. The Taragoola mine how does look busy, so maybe its on truck??]

The one time I took a couple of Visiting Swed's out to East End to meet the train (my wife worked for C.A, so time table was easy to get), the driver also local snake catcher was very nice as he got out to come over and say hello as he said he never saw people out here taking photos and invited them into the cabin.

The unusual thing about the EE and FL branches is that they are fairly modern and built to replace the slurry pipeline system. Where as rail is usually the one loosing to alt transport methods, especially on such a short run.
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Taragoola trains are no more. Monto branch cut out completely by straight railing the Moura Short Line at Graham, but the Graham signals still operate. I never got onto a Taragoola train, Im told it was a pretty cushy job.

East End Mine to QCL is now DOO crewed by Rocky drivers, Calle drivers havent done the job in a number of years. I haven't seen anything other than a 4000/4100 loco on the lead of this train. Complete turn around time for this service is approx 4 hrs, one hour to load, one to transit to QCL, one to unload, and one to transit back to EEM. So, when Calle crews did the job, we could get 2 complete cycles in a 10 hr shift. After its run, it comes to Calle for provisioning. Even this was a fairly cushy job.
Thanks.

When Taragoola was started it was a bit controversial as Cement Aust was forced to use rail because I think its called Red Rover Road was claimed to not be up to the task being single lane sealed. After the contract was signed and trains ran, the road through the back of Yarwun was upgraded to basically B-double standard. Not sure if they are still using the limestone from there to make lime of switched to East End Mine limestone.

[Looking at their site, its hard to tell but it doesn't look like they have incoming trucks of Limestone and the Sat photos at Taragoola show the loading loop to be empty of any material so likely when taken they had stopped rail by then. The Taragoola mine how does look busy, so maybe its on truck??]

The one time I took a couple of Visiting Swed's out to East End to meet the train (my wife worked for C.A, so time table was easy to get), the driver also local snake catcher was very nice as he got out to come over and say hello as he said he never saw people out here taking photos and invited them into the cabin.

The unusual thing about the EE and FL branches is that they are fairly modern and built to replace the slurry pipeline system. Where as rail is usually the one loosing to alt transport methods, especially on such a short run.
RTT_Rules
Ok, Red Rover Rd was a shocker of a road, pretty much single lane, with a horrible off camber triple level crossing, (uphill climb for the road, but the three roads curved away, so cars and trucks climbed up to the outside rail height, then dropped to inside rail due to the cant, then climbed again to the next outside rail, then down, then up again, then down, before finally exiting the crossing) Traffic speed was, realistically, no more than 10kph across the level crossing. In addition, being about 250 metres from the northern end of Calle yard, the level crossing was extremely busy, complicated further by the entry and exit speed of trains into and out of Calle yard, 25 kph max. Then there was the level crossing about 100 metres away for the Moura short line. Thankfully, its all been replaced by a high level dual lane bridge that crosses the lot, and keeps vehicles well away from the tracks. Kirkwood Rd/Red Rover Rd is a major bypass from Dawson Hwy to Hanson Rd, and is very extensively used in the mornings and evenings by shift workers.

The road from Calliope Historical Village, just north of the Bruce Hwy bridge over the Calliope River, through to Yarwun township, was greatly improved and upgraded as another way from Calliope area to the industries of Yarwun industrial estate. Yes, its a designated B double route. I think Keetah has the contract to truck limestone from Taragoola to QCL.

That driver didnt happen to be a Canadian, did he? If so, and its who I am thinking of, then he has retired now.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Ok, Red Rover Rd was a shocker of a road, pretty much single lane, with a horrible off camber triple level crossing, (uphill climb for the road, but the three roads curved away, so cars and trucks climbed up to the outside rail height, then dropped to inside rail due to the cant, then climbed again to the next outside rail, then down, then up again, then down, before finally exiting the crossing) Traffic speed was, realistically, no more than 10kph across the level crossing. In addition, being about 250 metres from the northern end of Calle yard, the level crossing was extremely busy, complicated further by the entry and exit speed of trains into and out of Calle yard, 25 kph max. Then there was the level crossing about 100 metres away for the Moura short line. Thankfully, its all been replaced by a high level dual lane bridge that crosses the lot, and keeps vehicles well away from the tracks. Kirkwood Rd/Red Rover Rd is a major bypass from Dawson Hwy to Hanson Rd, and is very extensively used in the mornings and evenings by shift workers.

The road from Calliope Historical Village, just north of the Bruce Hwy bridge over the Calliope River, through to Yarwun township, was greatly improved and upgraded as another way from Calliope area to the industries of Yarwun industrial estate. Yes, its a designated B double route. I think Keetah has the contract to truck limestone from Taragoola to QCL.

That driver didnt happen to be a Canadian, did he? If so, and its who I am thinking of, then he has retired now.
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Sorry, my bad, I meant Callopie River Road.

Yes I know about Red Rover Road LX, it was great (not)

Before the bridge and my boy, we lived in Holland Street for 2-3 years up to 2004 and I used to ride my bike out that way on a Sunday AM, buy the Sunday Courier Mail and a feed and sit near the LX train spotting and report to QRIG. Paper kept me entertained between trains.  

After my boy came along and bridge was built, we had moved out of town to Burua, on some Friday's PM after work, I used pick up my boy from day care (rainbow valley) to train spot (via Macca's to keep him from getting bored between trains).

In 2009, with new boat, we did same from water while "fishing" at the near-by bridge.

He was really keen on the trains then hit some magic point around age 3 when he couldn't stand loud noises and used to freak out and turn away holding his ears. He was ok from a distance once the engines went past. He's 15 now and its hard enough to spend 5min with him. It all happened too fast! Crying or Very sad

That driver, not sure? It was 2006 when this happened as I know the couple came within 6mths of my wife having a baby and I said to him while she was out smoking is she Pregnant to be told no, just too much beer, then to get an email 6 weeks later the baby was due in a month. I cannot imagine too many drivers who were also snake catches and carried photos of his catches from various suburban locations in an album on the train.

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