Barossa Wine Train Test Run

 
  Top Cat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Under Hilton Bridge
From what I've be told, the Barossa Wine Train 3-car Bluebird will do some test runs at NRM on Wednesday afternoon next week 16 April. Shocked

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  hosk1956 Deputy Commissioner

Location: no where near gunzels
From what I've be told, the Barossa Wine Train 3-car Bluebird will do some test runs at NRM on Wednesday afternoon next week 16 April. Shocked
Top Cat

Your a bit late for April Fools??

Wayne
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Interesting. Hope it goes well.
  hosk1956 Deputy Commissioner

Location: no where near gunzels
Bad jokes aside, I also hope that something comes of it.

Wayne
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Wish them all the very best. I hope they get this up. Are the plans to run commercial services back to the barossa valley or is this a once off ?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Hi,
this is totally awesome.

I would love to see a daily return train from Adelaide to Nuriootpa!
"Heath Loxton"


Now guys don't go jumping the gun here, a test run might just be to prove operational status to a prospective buyer.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Now guys don't go jumping the gun here, a test run might just be to prove operational status to a prospective buyer.
"Pressman"
Or to test status prior to being relocated somewhere to rust away because NRM are not totally interested in having them just taking up space out there.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Hi,
where did this information come from?

did it come from a regional rail nut who lives in... let me see, Redhill or did it come from a volunteer at the NRM?
Heath Loxton

No it did not come from an outside source  you are close with the volunteer at the NRM though but it was a little more authoritative than just a volunteer though,and as far as I know what Top cat put up is correct it is just a test run under their own power to test whether they can be moved under their own power rather than have something haul them. From what I have heard they are going to Islington where though is another thing .Whether into the Workshop area or just at the Freight terminal is not known. I doubt you will be seeing them run to the Barossa for a while if ever. It is simply a move to remove them from the NRM as they are taking up valuable siding space that could be used for other things or used to allow a bit of leeway with space when shunting etc down there. There is nothing that has been said about them running anywhere else either except for this test run and probably if successful the run to Islington for further storage.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
probably if successful the run to Islington for further storage.
David Peters

... until such time as they are required to be cut into crew cars...
  Gayspie Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
Summary:

Good news: potential that the wine train railcars can run under their own power, this means that it would be easier to reinstate them in a passenger service to the Barossa. also at least someone is bothering with putting some time into them.

Bad news: potential that this is a test run for an interstate or overseas buyer and we may never see them again in SA. this could also be a test run for their expected relocation to islington where they may be stored for the rest of their time or cut up for crew cars.
  2001 The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
From what I've be told, the Barossa Wine Train 3-car Bluebird will do some test runs at NRM on Wednesday afternoon next week 16 April. Shocked
Top Cat

How many years now since the engines were last (for any reason) fired up  ?
  Scooter_Guy Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA. Suburb: Redwood Park
From what I've be told, the Barossa Wine Train 3-car Bluebird will do some test runs at NRM on Wednesday afternoon next week 16 April. Shocked
Top Cat

Finally! We'd also like Kestrel to join the trio too!
  Top Cat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Under Hilton Bridge
...all engines checked and run last week.....
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Finally! We'd also like Kestrel to join the trio too!
Scooter_Guy

Not on a one way trip to Islington you wouldn't...
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Not on a one way trip to Islington you wouldn't...
Aaron

That is for sure the BWT will hopefully be a one way trip to Islington when it happens and whatever happens after that will be either good or bad news. Heath they would not be going Interstate in a hurry as they are still Broad Gauge and to convert them to standard gauge would probably cost more than what it would make in trips etc. We have been here before with you on this about the BWT. It is simply moving from one storage site to another and that is it for the time being. The NRM want it gone from what I heard as it is in the way when they want to move something or do a shunt. So the owner is forced more or less to remove it and moving under it's own power is the cheapest and easiest way of doing it.
  Gayspie Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
Secret agent,
will it probably be stored in the sidings at islington for the next few years, converted to crew cars or worked on in the workshops?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Secret agent,
will it probably be stored in the sidings at islington for the next few years, converted to crew cars or worked on in the workshops?
"Heath Loxton"


Who knows Heath, I suspect the owner doesn't even know!
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Who knows Heath, I suspect the owner doesn't even know!
Pressman

Ditto what Pressman said no one really knows what will happen to it. It could end up cut up for scrap even, it is one of the things that could happen to it!
  Top Cat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Under Hilton Bridge
pppssstttt.....test runs are now at 1.00pm Tuesday 15th April at NRM.....Shocked
  Gayspie Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
Aaron,
have you heard of something called a test run using the bluebirds to evaluate the track?
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
There's this thing called accreditation, it's most likely required before the test run could happen.

They don't need a test run, they already know the perway is no longer up to scratch.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Well it appears the test went fine, although there were a few cobwebs that needed blowing out with some interesting effects.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Well it appears the test went fine, although there were a few cobwebs that needed blowing out with some interesting effects.
"bingley hall"


Yes, I did notice a few high flying spiders at Rosewater this arvo Very Happy
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Regarding the BWT.

From what Bing reports the owners are having difficulty getting their heads (there's that "head" word again) around the accreditation.

If they can get accreditation then what is to stop them running a Wine Train on the suburban lines? By the time pax did ARS, Belair, Gawler and return they could be well pickled with SA wine. Make a good afternoon's outing. Evenings could include a meal. No reason why canapés could not be served in the Heritage shed at Belair and a main course at Gawler in the heritage building.

Ian
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Thread split to seperate the wine train test and the line itself.

Thread unlocked.

Suggest some people remember this is Railpage Australia, not SA. No warning this time.

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