Port Rail Shuttles For Melbourne At Last

 
  Beta4Me Locomotive Driver

Somerton (AusTrak) is going to be a DPW shuttle run by PN on SG as that's the new steel terminal stite.
Laverton and Altona still need to be built by Salta for anything to happen there.

The shuttle trains wouldn't be terminating at North Dynon, they would go to a new Metropolitan rail terminal in the Dynon/Port precinct if one were built, otherwise they'll go to West Swanson Intermodal Terminal (DP World) which DPW would expand (by adding additional track(s) as required.
Did they buy the terminal off Qube?

Can you clarify the comment about the steel terminal also? Is that going to be built on adjacent land?
blowfish
Qube don't own any of these terminals. Westgate Ports was owned by the Salta Group before Qube bought it. AusTrak has leased Somerton from VicTrack for a really long time. P&O used to be the operator out of there. Then Qube bought P&O. Nothing was really being done out of there so eventually Qube gave up on the terminal.

PN are setting up there for transhippment between SG and BG and for the Long Island steel trains. Thus, they're in prime position to run anything else out of there, which is why they'll be running DPW's port shuttle trains when they commence.

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
PN are setting up there for transhippment between SG and BG and for the Long Island steel trains. Thus, they're in prime position to run anything else out of there, which is why they'll be running DPW's port shuttle trains when they commence.
Beta4Me
Does that mean that we can look forward to Long Island steel trains up and down the Glenroy Bank in the future?

That should scare the fairies somewhat!

I'll believe it when I see it.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
PN are setting up there for transhippment between SG and BG and for the Long Island steel trains. Thus, they're in prime position to run anything else out of there, which is why they'll be running DPW's port shuttle trains when they commence.
Does that mean that we can look forward to Long Island steel trains up and down the Glenroy Bank in the future?

That should scare the fairies somewhat!

I'll believe it when I see it.
YM-Mundrabilla

Would mean Steel trains via Albion!!! Smile

On the BG again that is
  Beta4Me Locomotive Driver

PN are setting up there for transhippment between SG and BG and for the Long Island steel trains. Thus, they're in prime position to run anything else out of there, which is why they'll be running DPW's port shuttle trains when they commence.
Does that mean that we can look forward to Long Island steel trains up and down the Glenroy Bank in the future?

That should scare the fairies somewhat!

I'll believe it when I see it.

Would mean Steel trains via Albion!!! Smile

On the BG again that is
bevans
Unless/until Upfield - Somerton is fully operational again, and that route were used: correct!
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Somerton - Upfield- North Melbourne line Is too light for the heavy steel trains !

Unless It gets re railed ?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
PN are setting up there for transhippment between SG and BG and for the Long Island steel trains. Thus, they're in prime position to run anything else out of there, which is why they'll be running DPW's port shuttle trains when they commence.
Does that mean that we can look forward to Long Island steel trains up and down the Glenroy Bank in the future?

That should scare the fairies somewhat!

I'll believe it when I see it.

Would mean Steel trains via Albion!!! Smile

On the BG again that is
bevans
Much too simple, expeditious and efficient to just run direct via Essendon.
  Beta4Me Locomotive Driver

Somerton - Upfield- North Melbourne line Is too light for the heavy steel trains !

Unless It gets re railed ?
Nightfire
Only the first section which is currently closed is an issue. The rest of the track is fine.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Either way, PN will have fun negotiating with Metro.  I'm thinking it might have to be night time pathing?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Either way, PN will have fun negotiating with Metro.  I'm thinking it might have to be night time pathing?
Carnot

Paths would only be required between Somerton and Broadmeadows and then Albion to Sunshine.  Sunshine into the Goods line via Tottenham main and then into Melbourne and out of the goods line at SCS.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW

PN are setting up there for transhippment between SG and BG and for the Long Island steel trains. Thus, they're in prime position to run anything else out of there, which is why they'll be running DPW's port shuttle trains when they commence.
Beta4Me

Source??  Any link to news articles?
  Beta4Me Locomotive Driver


PN are setting up there for transhippment between SG and BG and for the Long Island steel trains. Thus, they're in prime position to run anything else out of there, which is why they'll be running DPW's port shuttle trains when they commence.
Source??  Any link to news articles?
james.au
Key people in the know. Nothing public yet.
  blowfish Junior Train Controller

They're going to have fun crawling along the BG sections with the speed restrictions.
  Beta4Me Locomotive Driver

The shuttle will be on SG out of Somerton. So no Metro issues at all.
  acbeer91 Station Master

What would the benefit be of unloading the steel at Somerton and having the long island originate from there?
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
What would the benefit be of unloading the steel at Somerton and having the long island originate from there?
acbeer91
You can flog the land in the Canal to your mates to build shoeboxes.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
What would the benefit be of unloading the steel at Somerton and having the long island originate from there?
You can flog the land in the Canal to your mates to build shoeboxes.
YM-Mundrabilla

Which is arguably a better use of the land in the centre of Melbourne no?
  cabidass Chief Train Controller

"Back on the Table"

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/portrail-shuttle-back-on-table-to-remove-3500-trucks-off-roads-20170819-gxzu7r.html

"A project to get 3500 container trucks off the roads each day has been revived following a three-year freeze on the cash while the state government negotiated leasing the Port of Melbourne.
The port-rail shuttle project has had $58 million in federal and state money set aside for it since 2014, but the money has remained untouched."
  blowfish Junior Train Controller

Does anyone know the current state of the Salta/Nexus site at Lyndhurst? Ironically, it's next door to the former cement siding.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Yet another 'announcement'.
  steve195 Train Controller

Does anyone know the current state of the Salta/Nexus site at Lyndhurst? Ironically, it's next door to the former cement siding.
blowfish
Woolworths are building a distribution centre on the southern side (not sure if it's part of the same site).
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Does anyone know the current state of the Salta/Nexus site at Lyndhurst? Ironically, it's next door to the former cement siding.
Woolworths are building a distribution centre on the southern side (not sure if it's part of the same site).
steve195

Likely to be rail connected?
  steve195 Train Controller

Does anyone know the current state of the Salta/Nexus site at Lyndhurst? Ironically, it's next door to the former cement siding.
Woolworths are building a distribution centre on the southern side (not sure if it's part of the same site).

Likely to be rail connected?
bevans
Just from looking at nearmap, I would say no. Maybe one of the Railpagers in the know can shed more light.
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
There is State & Federal Government money to make the port shuttles happen and the announcement says there will be a tender for the business. All good, even though several years have been lost for reasons never really clarified.
It was interesting to see the Herald Sun breathlessly claiming today that 'a series of new rail freight lines connecting to the port would be built'. Their youthful journos can't even interpret a government media release!  A quick look shows that it clearly says 'using the existing rail network'.

Pretty poor journalism, but it is the Herald Sun I suppose.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Transcript of the press conference held this morning

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/interviews/2017/dci078_2017.aspx
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
According to the Engage Victoria Invitation for Expressions of Interest document the closing time and date was 5 PM on the 31st of October with shortlisted Request for Proposal (RFP) respondents to be notified in "December 2017"

I wonder if the shortlist of respondents (if indeed there are any) will be made public or not, the December time frame is pretty vague.

The next milestone is the closing date for RFP responses is February 2018.

https://engage.vic.gov.au/application/files/8415/0543/5960/285._Port_Rail_Shuttle_Network_Invitation_for_expressions_of_interest.pdf


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