Not a lot of rail movements at this point. A lot of truck movements ex silo at Brookstead. A lot of containerised grain on road. Trains will move when there are ships (bulk) to load for export. i think a lot of grain (not chickpeas) will be consumed domestically in the short term. This is not a haulage task for rail. Look for shipping schedules to anticipate rail movements.k. Thanks guys. Happy New Year. Regards.
There is nothing left that can run on the western system other than the existing 90 tonners (and 1720s of course). Some of us are hoping that some of the upgrades that have happened, are happening, and are planned will allow heavier locos (4000/4100 classes and similar). Unless Aurizon/other operators have plans to introduce new 90 tonners, which is doubtful.Today's train locos were 2371 and 2363 both of which have seen better days.
Is there anything that Aurizon (or others for that matter) could replace the grain locos with or would they need to buy something in from elsewhere?
Life expired my asre! Other railways are still utilising GM's, X's etc. if properly maintained they'll keep going forever.Poor wording on my part. What I was trying to say is that the older locos are not economical to maintain and run, newer locos are much more economical (and powerful).
The 23's might need a coat of paint. Did they seem unable to cope with the train ? , e.g. belching smoke ???Those particular 2300s definitely needed paint. The train was loading when I saw it so I can't comment on the performance of the locos. They are old...