Red & Silver Ghan loco sightings

 
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Thanks Presssman.  Do you ever get sightings of the Indian Pacific??
Trainplanner
Work commitments usually don't have me near Keswick when the IP is there (7am - 10:15am Tuesdays & 3pm -9 pm Thursdays)

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  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Thanks Pressman.  We appreciate what you do.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR109 NR74 with triple consist of 36 carriages


8050 still as terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR110 NR109 with triple consist of 37 carriages
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT 4 mins late at 12:19pm

NR109 NR74 with triple consist of 37 carriages
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Well todays Ghan is a monster at near on 1,000 metres long

It is reportedly the longest passenger train in Australia in near on 10 years
(I believe the previous longest was the first Ghan into Darwin when the line opened)







1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR75 NR74 with triple plus consist of 42 carriages
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR75 NR74 with triple plus consist of 42 carriages

8117 is having a stint as terminal shunter


NR109 NR63 on 7MP5 this morning through Mt Lofty Station at 09:19am
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR109 NR75 with triple plus consist of 42 carriages

The arrangement of the current train sees the locos and the first 26 carriages docked in Platform 1, this portion departed at 11:45am then set back on the remaining 16 carriages which were docked in Platform 2, with completed departure at 12:15pm

Todays consist:-
NR109; NR75; AMRZ258(Motorail); HGM902(Power); ER909(C); BRJ919(C); ARJ945; ARL246; ARL308; ARM952; ARL249;
ARL922; AFC937(Gold Lounge); DF927(Gold Diner); DF233(Gold Diner); AFC307(Gold Lounge); ARL923; ARM953; ARM947; ARJ272; ARL324; ARL962; ARL309; AFC301(Gold Lounge); DF304(Gold Diner); BRJ912(C); BRJ915(C); HGM904(Power) - {Consist split} - BRG972(Platinum); BRG974(Platinum); BRG175(Platinum); AFC938(Platinum Lounge); DF231(Platinum/Gold Diner); AEC222(Gold Lounge); ARL289; ARL961; ARM987; ARL293; ARJ242; CDF929(Red Café); AG369(Red Sit Up); HGM958(Baggage); ER906(C); HGM317(Power)
(C) = Crew Accommodation










8108 is having a turn as terminal shunter this week.
  trainlover Assistant Commissioner

Location: Adelaide.
Ghan NR74 is getting a run on the Overland arriving into the Keswick terminal Tuesday evening.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT 5minutes late* at 12:20pm

NR74 NR75** with triple plus consist of 42 carriages

* Section 1 departed Platform 1 at 11:45am (on time); Section 2 (complete consist) departed Platform 2 at 12:20pm

** NR75 wash got a 'hand wash' before departure with a GSR employee washing the B end hood doors!


NR29 was doing a turn as terminal shunter this week
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT 10minutes late at 12:25pm

NR109 NR75 with triple plus consist of 42 carriages

NR67 was doing a turn as terminal shunter this week
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR109 NR44 with triple plus consist of 42 carriages

8108 has returned as terminal shunter this week

This is the last week that the Ghan and IP will have Red Class sit up available
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR75 NR109 with triple plus consist of 40 carriages (Red class CDF & AG carriages relegated to the storage roads now)

8108 remains as terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR109 NR74 with triple plus consist of 42 carriages

Today saw a change in the Platform split from the previous long consists (Previously 26 in P2 and 16 in P1)
Today saw 29 carriages waiting in Platform 1 and 13 carriages in Platform 2




8108 remains as terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT 23 minutes late at 12:38pm **see below

NR52 NR46 with triple plus consist of 40 carriages

8050 having a stint as terminal shunter this week

Ok the delayed departure was a result of problems with NR52 which could not be solved, so the Ghan departed with NR46 powering and proceeded to Islington, where loco where detacted and then proceeded to Dry Creek and onto the Port Flat branch, then reversed back towards Dry Creek (effectively turning the locos) then ran back to the consist and re-attached.
So the motive power became NR46 NR52, eventually departing passing under the Port Wakefield Road overpass at 13:55pm.

PN had no spare (suitable) locos available to replace NR52!
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
I think they had an AN at Islington, could've used that?

Also to note that both locos on Fridays 4DA8 failed north of Port Augusta hence why there's no reds on today's version
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
I think they had an AN at Islington, could've used that?

Also to note that both locos on Fridays 4DA8 failed north of Port Augusta hence why there's no reds on today's version
greasyrhys
I thought that the AN class was no longer certified to travel north of Tarcoola (Hence why AN3 was withdrawn from Ghan services)
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
I think they had an AN at Islington, could've used that?

Also to note that both locos on Fridays 4DA8 failed north of Port Augusta hence why there's no reds on today's version
I thought that the AN class was no longer certified to travel north of Tarcoola (Hence why AN3 was withdrawn from Ghan services)
Pressman
I'm not sure why they were banned north of Tarcoola in the first place, wish they weren't
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR74 NR44 with triple consist of 37 carriages

8050 still acting as shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR75 NR109 with triple consist of 36 carriages
No motorail will be available on the Ghan until November 2016 account the Southbound "Expedition"  special now operating.
Southbound Ghan Expedition service (4DA8 ) is a 4 day/3 night trip arriving Adelaide on Saturdays, it includes a 12 hour stop over in Alice Springs (normal stop is 3.5hours) and a 11.5 hour stop over at Coober Pedy (Manguri)(normally 2 hour)
{it seems there is not enough room at Manguri for the motorail to be included in the consist!}


8050 still acting as terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm Sunday 7th

NR75 NR74 with triple consist of 36 carriages

8050 as terminal shunter
  NG Sulzers Deputy Commissioner

Location: Quorn
1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR75 NR74 with triple consist of 36 carriages

This is the fastest Ghan ever, possibly even beating aircraft, departed APT today on time 1215 8.8.2016 and arrived at ASPT today 1330 8.8.2016. I wonder what PN are putting in the fuel tanks of these red beasts.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8 today ex APT on time at 12:15pm

NR75 NR74 with triple consist of 36 carriages

This is the fastest Ghan ever, possibly even beating aircraft, departed APT today on time 1215 8.8.2016 and arrived at ASPT today 1330 8.8.2016. I wonder what PN are putting in the fuel tanks of these red beasts.
NG Sulzers
Apologies for the late posting, (I'll blame modem problems!), post has been suitably edited
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT on time at 12:15pm today, Sunday 14th

NR75 NR74 with triple consist of 36 carriages

8050 as terminal shunter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
1AD8  ex APT 4 minutes late at 12:19pm today, Sunday 21st

NR75 NR109 with triple consist of 36 carriages

8050 still as terminal shunter

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