Grain Harvest 2020-21

 
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Well the Wimmera & Mallee farmers are still waiting for a real good drenching to kick the season off, some reasonable showers here and there but nothing to write home about. With a quite warm finish to April the ground should still have plenty of warmth in it for a good germination.
Keep looking towards the sky.

Crop sowing in Victoria a big gamble as Mallee farmers wait for rain.

Many people would baulk at the idea of spending $300,000 in one hit, but that is exactly what some grain farmers in north-west Victoria are doing as they sow this season's crop.

But it is up to Mother Nature to germinate the crops and carry them through until harvest later this year and so far, the rain has not come.


https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-05-12/crop-sowing-in-victoria-a-big-gamble-fore-mallee-farmers/100133108

BigShunter.

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  Carnot Minister for Railways

BOM forecast actually looks OK for inland Vic and NSW this winter.  The Indian Ocean looks like it might cooperate.
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/outlooks/#/rainfall/median/seasonal/0

Btw, the Bendigo Yards are going to be a right-royal pain for freight operators until Christmas.  Roads 4 & 5 are being ripped up for Biowash Facility as I write this, and Road 3 is booked out until October.  So only a single road available for stabling, and run-arounds will need to use the mainline...
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Well no idea where this should be but here will do.

Snooping in the back ground of video's again, I spotted a rather large stack of what appears to be new timber sleepers at Tarnagulla. Seems strange they are still logging timber for sleepers but anyhow there they are.
This time thanks to Patrick's Train Channel for the filming of The Grainlander on tour again, well done.  2:00 is the time you see them.
It seems there are stacks of sleepers also at Inglewood and Llanelly. Anybody else observed these, Bronzle or Greensleeves again ?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry0theTMaj4&t=230s

BigShunter.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Well no idea where this should be but here will do.

Snooping in the back ground of video's again, I spotted a rather large stack of what appears to be new timber sleepers at Tarnagulla. Seems strange they are still logging timber for sleepers but anyhow there they are.
This time thanks to Patrick's Train Channel for the filming of The Grainlander on tour again, well done.  2:00 is the time you see them.
It seems there are stacks of sleepers also at Inglewood and Llanelly. Anybody else observed these, Bronzle or Greensleeves again ?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry0theTMaj4&t=230s

BigShunter.
BigShunter
Sleeper replacement between Dunolly and Inglewood is in full swing so that the current TSR of 40 km/h can be lifted back to a more reasonable 55 km/h or so...
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
Well no idea where this should be but here will do.

Snooping in the back ground of video's again, I spotted a rather large stack of what appears to be new timber sleepers at Tarnagulla. Seems strange they are still logging timber for sleepers but anyhow there they are.
This time thanks to Patrick's Train Channel for the filming of The Grainlander on tour again, well done.  2:00 is the time you see them.
It seems there are stacks of sleepers also at Inglewood and Llanelly. Anybody else observed these, Bronzle or Greensleeves again ?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry0theTMaj4&t=230s

BigShunter.
Sleeper replacement between Dunolly and Inglewood is in full swing so that the current TSR of 40 km/h can be lifted back to a more reasonable 55 km/h or so...
Carnot
What stops it being increased to 80km/h? I noticed lots of wooden sleepers in some grainlander clips. The ride north of Wycheproof looked half reasonable. Nothing on the horizon for the next fortnight rain wise, so hopefully it's not too late if and when it falls.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
What stops it being increased to 80km/h? I noticed lots of wooden sleepers in some grainlander clips. The ride north of Wycheproof looked half reasonable. Nothing on the horizon for the next fortnight rain wise, so hopefully it's not too late if and when it falls.
cbinyon
What's stopping 80k running speed Callum is the fact nobody really gives a Fat Rats Clacker as long as the line is still operable, that's all they care.

There is no will or drive for productivity/efficiency let alone being competitive. Anyway when this work is completed there will more than likely be a big announcement how they Gov't has improved the line speed which will make it more competitive for producers to get they produce to port, then the golden oldie, this work will remove 2675 truck movements from the road.

Half the public will think, gee that's great, the other half won't care and at the end of the day it is not even close to catching up on decades of lack of maintenance. But hey don't look a gift horse in the mouth... right I'll get off the stage now Laughing

I agree though, it would be interesting to hear from one of the drivers, just how much of the regional freight network could run at 80kph if there was decent track and don't get me started on axle loading.

BigShunter.
  Lachlan's Train Channel Locomotive Driver

Location: probably taking a photo of 7901V
What stops it being increased to 80km/h? I noticed lots of wooden sleepers in some grainlander clips. The ride north of Wycheproof looked half reasonable. Nothing on the horizon for the next fortnight rain wise, so hopefully it's not too late if and when it falls.
cbinyon
As far as I'm aware the track isn't continuously welded or heavy enough. Only 80lb I think, 94lb seems to be the minimum weight for 80kph running, as is the case on the Mildura line.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

What stops it being increased to 80km/h? I noticed lots of wooden sleepers in some grainlander clips. The ride north of Wycheproof looked half reasonable. Nothing on the horizon for the next fortnight rain wise, so hopefully it's not too late if and when it falls.
As far as I'm aware the track isn't continuously welded or heavy enough. Only 80lb I think, 94lb seems to be the minimum weight for 80kph running, as is the case on the Mildura line.
Lachlan's Train Channel
80lb rail from early 1900's British or Australian open hearth manufacture should be fine jointed, better CWR should be quite adequate for 21 tonne axle loads.  VLP demand gold plated 47/50 kg for 21 tonne axle laods, but not necessary in other states.

The 80lb rail on the Ararat -Maryborough line is another cup of tea in that it is of earlier US manufacture and has given trouble with some welds, and VLP is correct in saying this rail requires (and now funded) with new heavier rail, most likely of 50kg rail CWR  (as 47kg rail is not now a standardly available rail from Wyhalla where it is ether 50 or 60 kg for new locally manuafactured rail.)

Most dissapointing to note VLP still persisting in putting in wooden sleepers on the freight only lines.  Just locks in on an on-going basis a high maintenance cost rail freight network.  We should be doing same as NSW in adopting a low mainatenance freight network in using  gauge convertible steel or concrete sleepers.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Surprised that they are not using BG concrete in order to 'cement' the BG in place forever.
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
Yes, why not use bg only concrete sleepers for the entire project? Timber is surely more expensive these days?
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Yes, why not use bg only concrete sleepers for the entire project? Timber is surely more expensive these days?
cbinyon
Because it should be done in SG like the original plan dictated. unfortunately that's not going to happen in the short term.

Timber can more easily be gauge converted down the line, and can usualy be "man handled" where required. Concrete needs a machine.
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
Poor PN and the BG. More like the bogey gauge, hasn't been a fun time this harvest period. A rescued train almost needed rescuing again. XR557 had failed prompting XR550 and BL29 to rescue it at Talbot initially.


https://youtu.be/WeUlQt6dJXk
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
P.s. credit to GunzelingGarbo 102
  Djebel Junior Train Controller

Entertaining viewing.  I don't suppose anybody knows what they did to get her moving again?  From the looks of the footage, "Wait for everything to dry out" was not the chosen solution.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
What's the likely cause of a grainie with 3 or 4 locomotives stalling on the flat there?
  Djebel Junior Train Controller

What's the likely cause of a grainie with 3 or 4 locomotives stalling on the flat there?
Gman_86
Wet, slippery track and not enough momentum to carry the consist through.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

What's the likely cause of a grainie with 3 or 4 locomotives stalling on the flat there?
Gman_86
Its NOT flat there is a distinct dip between Thompsons Road and Separation Street at "C" Box. Add wet rails and a very long fully loaded grain train and quite a task. Once over Separation its downhill into cutting under the Geelong mainlines towards the Grain Loop .  Unload the first 10 - 12 wagons and the task gets easier from a standing start.
  cbinyon Chief Train Controller

Location: London, England
It sounded like there were only two locos at best powering.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Thanks to the GrainCorp web site.

The Port of Geelong has been earning it's keep with the shipment of this years harvest, which is pleasing.

Changing of the guard at Geelong, Victoria ???? ????

Spotted at Geelong last week were inbound and outbound vessels passing – each loaded with 60,000 tonnes of #canola.


The image speaks to the flurry of activity at our Geelong Terminal over the last few weeks, which is exporting up to 300,000 tonnes of #grain a month.

And it doesn’t stop there: As of this month, the terminal has exported 1.25 million tonnes of an expected 2 million tonnes for the financial year.

A big thank you goes to the extensive effort and collaboration from our team.


https://www.facebook.com/GrainCorpLimited/photos/a.648289685332754/1810278745800503/?type=3&theater

BigShunter.
  Maximas Locomotive Fireman

Location: Geelong
Much needed rain event up in the Wimmera-Mallee today - probably more wanted but will this help get the season started properly after a very dry period from Feb to now?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Much needed rain event up in the Wimmera-Mallee today - probably more wanted but will this help get the season started properly after a very dry period from Feb to now?
Maximas
Lots of farmers have dry-sowed.  Need some follow up in the next few weeks though.  About 12mm in Charlton and Bendigo so far today.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Much needed rain event up in the Wimmera-Mallee today - probably more wanted but will this help get the season started properly after a very dry period from Feb to now?
Lots of farmers have dry-sowed.  Need some follow up in the next few weeks though.  About 12mm in Charlton and Bendigo so far today.
Carnot
Yes good info crew, the current rain band just clearing Western Vic now.

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR953.loop.shtml

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/flood/wimmera_mallee.shtml

Another burst of showers going through Adelaide now so perhaps some more follow up for Western Victoria later this arvo. Pig of day here, wind would all but blow the spots off a Dalmatian Razz hope Y115 is stumped up in front of the fire.

BigShunter.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks to the GrainCorp web site.

The Port of Geelong has been earning it's keep with the shipment of this years harvest, which is pleasing.

Changing of the guard at Geelong, Victoria ???? ????

Spotted at Geelong last week were inbound and outbound vessels passing – each loaded with 60,000 tonnes of #canola.


The image speaks to the flurry of activity at our Geelong Terminal over the last few weeks, which is exporting up to 300,000 tonnes of #grain a month.

And it doesn’t stop there: As of this month, the terminal has exported 1.25 million tonnes of an expected 2 million tonnes for the financial year.

A big thank you goes to the extensive effort and collaboration from our team.


https://www.facebook.com/GrainCorpLimited/photos/a.648289685332754/1810278745800503/?type=3&theater

BigShunter.
BigShunter
BS,
A little intrigued  by the inbound and outbound vessels at Geelong both (presumably part ??) loaded with canola. Knowing nothing of Geelong Port/Shipping am I correct in understanding that vessels may part load grain at different ports before sailing for 'wherever', please!
(Yes, I know that curiosity killed the cat.)
YM
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
BS,
A little intrigued  by the inbound and outbound vessels at Geelong both (presumably part ??) loaded with canola. Knowing nothing of Geelong Port/Shipping am I correct in understanding that vessels may part load grain at different ports before sailing for 'wherever', please!
(Yes, I know that curiosity killed the cat.)
YM
YM-Mundrabilla
Probably a good question YM, not so sure this happens at Geelong but has been mentioned numerous times to be the case at Portland. Although every time you pull into a dock the cash register is clanging.

Y115 or RustyRick may have the info but one of the troups will, Bingley, Greensleeves ?

Geelong could really do with a faster outloading rate to smarten the operation up a bit.

Portland. Ship loader Berth 1 – up to 1400 TPH, Geelong Ship loaders 1 – up to 2500 TPH, Port Kembla Ship loaders 2 – up to 5000 TPH.


BigShunter.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
BS,
A little intrigued  by the inbound and outbound vessels at Geelong both (presumably part ??) loaded with canola. Knowing nothing of Geelong Port/Shipping am I correct in understanding that vessels may part load grain at different ports before sailing for 'wherever', please!
(Yes, I know that curiosity killed the cat.)
YM
Probably a good question YM, not so sure this happens at Geelong but has been mentioned numerous times to be the case at Portland. Although every time you pull into a dock the cash register is clanging.

Y115 or RustyRick may have the info but one of the troups will, Bingley, Greensleeves ?

Geelong could really do with a faster outloading rate to smarten the operation up a bit.

Portland. Ship loader Berth 1 – up to 1400 TPH, Geelong Ship loaders 1 – up to 2500 TPH, Port Kembla Ship loaders 2 – up to 5000 TPH.


BigShunter.
BigShunter
Thanks BS.
Knowing nothing but just seemed a little odd to me.
Regards
YM

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