Grain Harvest 2019-20

 
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Heard a rumour an SSR loco sank on a siding at Murtoa

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  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Heard a rumour an SSR loco sank on a siding at Murtoa
wobert

Laughing  Don't think we've had anything in the siding at Murtoa for a week or two.

I did hear another operator came to grief there in the last few days. If your rumour-monger thinks he's that good he should be able to tell us who Razz
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Twas only a rumour Bing, seemed strange to me at the time, as in SSR being in Murtoa. Sounds like there was a bit of truth in it with your info, just not SSR

cheers.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
With China playing hard ball in the Barley market may well be a helping hand for Thailand, currently experiencing drought conditions, bit hard to imagine such a tropical place to be in drought. Good news for our exports.

Drought in Thailand could be good news for Australian barley growers.

Severe drought in Thailand in the first five months of 2020 has adversely affected the production of off-season (dry-season) rice and corn, primarily due to a lack of irrigation water - as reservoirs are critically low.

This will reduce the country's exportable surplus of rice, and potentially increase demand for imported wheat and barley in the 2020-21 marketing year.

While not in the same league as China, Thailand has been an increasingly active buyer of Australian barley in recent years.

Purchases of 250,000 tonnes in the 2017-18 Australian crop season (October to September) increased to almost 400,000 tonnes in 2018-19, making Thailand Australia's third-biggest barley customer.  

https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6778213/barley-may-find-new-markets-in-thailand-as-stock-feed-supplies-there-fall-short/?cs=12

Link from today's Wimmera MailTimes.

BigShunter.
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
With China playing hard ball in the Barley market may well be a helping hand for Thailand, currently experiencing drought conditions, bit hard to imagine such a tropical place to be in drought. Good news for our exports.

Drought in Thailand could be good news for Australian barley growers.

Severe drought in Thailand in the first five months of 2020 has adversely affected the production of off-season (dry-season) rice and corn, primarily due to a lack of irrigation water - as reservoirs are critically low.

This will reduce the country's exportable surplus of rice, and potentially increase demand for imported wheat and barley in the 2020-21 marketing year.

While not in the same league as China, Thailand has been an increasingly active buyer of Australian barley in recent years.

Purchases of 250,000 tonnes in the 2017-18 Australian crop season (October to September) increased to almost 400,000 tonnes in 2018-19, making Thailand Australia's third-biggest barley customer.  

https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6778213/barley-may-find-new-markets-in-thailand-as-stock-feed-supplies-there-fall-short/?cs=12

Link from today's Wimmera MailTimes.

BigShunter.
The Barley going to china is now coming from the United States rather than here as part of trumps trade deal with em.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Graeme has been touring the Western part of the state and catching a few shipments to NSW via various routes, the above via S.A.

6026-03-06 on 2KQ6 depart for Moree after loading at Dimbolla Grainflow.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWgwDsZRoPk&t=9s

This is located just to the West of the GraiFlow site at Dimmy and the highway is to the right of the picture.

Not sure I'm supposed to do this but the info below I flogged from Greensleeves YouTube channel.

Footage from a trip to far-western Victoria on the 1st of June 2020 with the intention of catching Aurizon's grain train on one of its' infrequent forays into Victoria loading at Dimboola for Broadbent's in Moree and hauled by 6028, 6003 and 6006.

Further activity in the Wimmera region was provided by SSR's G513 and 4532 loading part of the Weston's rake at Warrackside and providing what is believed to be the first visit of a former NSWGR 45 Class loco to the Hopetoun branch, with SCT's late running 6PM9 also seen headed by a pair of 'tens'- CF4410 and CSR010.

Thanks to Graeme for the footage and hit their YouTube channels for the trains mentioned.

BigShunter.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
How's this for efficiency, loading a grain train in Dunolly, cruising to Lubeck to refuel check the radiator water and tire pressures, do a 3 point turn and then head off to Parkes, NSW.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn3zToLg54w

Thanks to Greensleeves for the clip.

Basil Fawlty in charge here ?

BigShunter.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Is it time PN/Victrack invested in a fuel point at Maryborough?
  Bonzel Junior Train Controller

Is it time PN/Victrack invested in a fuel point at Maryborough?
bevans
There is one at Maryborough trouble is it BG and hasn`t been used for 5 years may be more.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Is it time PN/Victrack invested in a fuel point at Maryborough?
There is one at Maryborough trouble is it BG and hasn`t been used for 5 years may be more.
Bonzel

Then dual gauge and bring into service thanks for the update.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
I have seen refueling at Donald in the past.   On the grain sub-terminal siding.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Is it time PN/Victrack invested in a fuel point at Maryborough?
There is one at Maryborough trouble is it BG and hasn`t been used for 5 years may be more.
Bonzel

Then dual gauge and bring into service thanks for the update.
"bevans"


Fair point and Greensleeves also said there is a refueling point at Gheringhap but it is really only set up for one way traffic. Sounds like both places could do with a work over for trains running in both directions.

Basil Fawlty again !

BigShunter.
  Lockspike Deputy Commissioner

Is it time PN/Victrack invested in a fuel point at Maryborough?
There is one at Maryborough trouble is it BG and hasn`t been used for 5 years may be more.
Bonzel
Is there a need? AIUI having a road tanker meet the train is the way it's done now.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Is it time PN/Victrack invested in a fuel point at Maryborough?
There is one at Maryborough trouble is it BG and hasn`t been used for 5 years may be more.
Is there a need? AIUI having a road tanker meet the train is the way it's done now.
Lockspike

over double the price.
  justarider Deputy Commissioner

Location: Free at last, free at last
Is it time PN/Victrack invested in a fuel point at Maryborough?
There is one at Maryborough trouble is it BG and hasn`t been used for 5 years may be more.
Is there a need? AIUI having a road tanker meet the train is the way it's done now.
Lockspike
Is it really that hard for a long distance journey, to tow along your own fuel tanker.

???? John
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Is it really that hard for a long distance journey, to tow along your own fuel tanker.

???? John
justarider
Having a carry along tanker you would run into issue with the EPA and probably the union and having drivers filling locos outside of a designated fuel point (do they do it now or does someone else?)

Inline fueling is the only real way of doing it, however most loco's are not setup for it that run aroud vic. I belive there's some of the G's setup for it, but not a lot else. The need to uncouple and run around at the end of most lines complicates things as well.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Everyone conveniently forgetting that only a short time ago you couldn't load at Dunolly for Parkes.

Self flagellation as always the name of the game on RP.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I would think re-fuelling at the old Maryborough fuel point (if it was converted to DG) wouldn't be all that convenient anyway. As far as I see it, most trains just pass straight through there, or at most stop for a cross. To access the fuel point, they would need to detatch from the train, run out to the fuel point, refuel, then run back to the front of the train and re-couple before heading back on their way, as opposed to meeting a road tanker at a convenient point (probably the same point that the train would be stopped for a crew change anyway).

It may cost more, but maybe the operators have crunched the numbers in such a way that it works out for the better.
  rwatts Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide SA
It may cost more, but maybe the operators have crunched the numbers in such a way that it works out for the better.
Gman_86
There would have to be fixed costs in setting up and maintaining a fuel point to be attributed to every litre dispensed.  Presumably all sorts of hoops to jump through just to get it approved.   A mobile tanker is all variable cost.  You get fuel where you want it, when you want it, if you want it, presumably dispensed into your locos by someone qualified and authorised to do so because that's their job.  And later on when you're not running that route any more, you're not up for any nasty costs because your tanks leaked and polluted the ground.

Richard.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Not sure if this has been covered elsewhere but for those who follow the grain harvest and by extension the weather patterns the BOM has a brand spanking new radar at / near Rainbow.

The new site offers great insights into Wimmera weather with the added bonus of one of Shunter and Wobert's favorite watering stops of Netherby making an appearance.

And if you click on the 128km option you even get the Golding ancestral seat of Mundulla into the bargain!
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
And the weather last Sunday arvo in the capital of the Wimmera was very pleasant.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
And if you click on the 128km option you even get the Golding ancestral seat of Mundulla into the bargain!
"BrentonGolding"
Can we just drive in, or do we need a visa?Very Happy
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Nah still need a visa, bit of a nuisance  really. If your from east of Kaniva it depends on the mood of the wallopers.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
$330 + 3 demerit points gets you in.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
As was said previously in this thread with China not playing the game in the grain market, it may open up other potential markets.

Drought in northern Africa tipped to increase reliance on wheat imports.

Grain production in the North African countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia has been severely impacted by one of the worst droughts in the past four decades, leading to an increase in regional imports to meet domestic demand requirements.

And any increase in demand in the Mediterranean Sea region can only be good for Australian growers.


According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the North African region (which also includes Egypt and Libya) is forecast to overtake the Middle East as the world's biggest importer of wheat in the 2020-21 marketing year (July to June) due to the production decline.

Seems like Australia has not been the only country suffering from severe drought over the past few years, with this year shaping up well in the agricultural dept any new market is good news for our exports.

This link came from, you not going to believe this, The Wimmera MailTimes.................

https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6794241/welcome-news-for-wheat-growers-as-north-african-region-poised-to-take-more-grain/?cs=12

BigShunter.

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