Grain Harvest 2020-21

 
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Oaklands now up and running this week. https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/train-services-resume
bevans
according to one of the facebook groups, there was triple 82's on the branch earlier in the week. may have been tuesday without looking. Imagine they will be cleaning out whats there ready for the new harvest.

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  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Triple 82s on any train in Victoria would be a rare sight, you sure it wasn't triple 81s? That is a much more common sight. Not that it matters, none of us down in Melbourne are allowed to go out and see it no matter what is on the front.

At any rate, good to see the branch getting some action again.
  Jack Le Lievre Assistant Commissioner

Location: Moolap Station, Vic
Triple 82s on any train in Victoria would be a rare sight, you sure it wasn't triple 81s? That is a much more common sight. Not that it matters, none of us down in Melbourne are allowed to go out and see it no matter what is on the front.

At any rate, good to see the branch getting some action again.
Gman_86
8225, 8244 & 8239 were the steeds.

Here is proof care of Jay McGhee.

https://flic.kr/p/2jzs5uw
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
I have acquired a pre-harvest news letter from GrainCorp, regarding the Western Region from one of my observation officers;

“GrainCorp is in a good position leading into the next few months as we prepare for harvest.  
“We’ve been working to ensure not only that our sites and our people are ready for the busy season ahead, but that we’re able to implement COVID plans at our sites to ensure all growers, truck drivers and staff are kept safe throughout.

“Our plans will be communicated to growers in the coming weeks, including information about how best to remain as contact-free as possible when delivering to GrainCorp.

“We’ve been busy recruiting casual staff to help us manage the harvest workload this season, with around 570 roles available across the Wimmera and Mallee regions. We still have some roles available and we encourage our local communities to consider the opportunity as we feel it’s the best time of the year to join GrainCorp!

“Sites including Lillimur will continue to be an important part of our network across the Wimmera Mallee – the team at Lillimur saw record receivals last year so hopefully we’ll see the same in that region again this year.
 
“The recent re-opening of the Rainbow to Dimboola rail line was a pleasing result following GrainCorp’s discussions with the Victorian Government and V-Line, particularly considering our sites at Jeparit and Rainbow also had record receivals last harvest.

“GrainCorp worked extensively with the Victorian Government in 2012 to relocate a rail loading system and facilitate the first grain train on the Rainbow-Dimboola line in several years, so we’re extremely pleased on behalf of growers in the region that this important asset will be running once again this harvest.

“The rail line to Portland was re-opened recently and we expect to have an exportable surplus on the east coast this season, so no doubt there will be an increase in trains heading to that terminal.

“We’re really looking forward to another busy harvest across Victoria and we’re keeping our fingers crossed and an eye on the skies – hopefully we’ll see some record yields for local growers again this year.”

The works at Nhill were just general maintenance and upkeep as it’s a GrainCorp-owned siding.

Regarding the axle loading on the Rainbow-Dimboola line, that’s up to the state regulator so we can’t provide any comment on that.

A couple of comments regarding the above, it would seem GrainCorp will persist with the  Lillimur site despite it being a very slow site to load trains as well as only being able to load half the train at a time, one half remaining in Nhill.

Portland seems to be still a useful site even having similar problems as above. And an increase in trains to Portland, well I guess some is an increase from none.

And the axle load on the Jeparit line well......make of that what you will. The comments pointed at the Govt regarding the reopening of the same line would appear both parties worked things out to get the job done without problems,  I would think if it was a nightmare for GrainCorp to get the work done, these comments wouldn't be here.

It's a pity all the grain companies aren't as user friendly with available info preceding the harvest period, seems for some everything is a big secret.

BigShunter.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Lots of grain activity at Gheringhap already today 4/9



219 grain wagons via Gheringhap just today.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Lots of grain activity at Gheringhap already today 4/9



219 grain wagons via Gheringhap just today.
bevans
Its going to get busier. I just hope all the issues they had around the grain loop and the decommissioning of Nth Geelong C Box have been sorted out.

This looks very similar to a situation i saw in 2012 I think it was. 1 train in the grain loop, and 5, between BG and SG, waiting to go through, with trains staged at North Shore and North Geelong. PN also had at least 1 in their yard.  Signs are positive for a good year.
  Richard stroker Junior Train Controller

BS how's the weather looking for finishing off the crop up your neck of the woods? A bit to dry next week or so? I'm sure wobert won't be going dry from lack of rain
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Weather looks a bit dry until mid Sept. Some indications of good finishing rains in the second half of this month.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Its going to get busier. I just hope all the issues they had around the grain loop and the decommissioning of Nth Geelong C Box have been sorted out.

This looks very similar to a situation i saw in 2012 I think it was. 1 train in the grain loop, and 5, between BG and SG, waiting to go through, with trains staged at North Shore and North Geelong. PN also had at least 1 in their yard.  Signs are positive for a good year.
Galron
Heres hoping the network is overly congested this harvest showing that the line between Marybourough and Gheringhap is sorely needed.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Or the line between Inglewood and Bendigo
  brownhillboy Train Controller

Or the line between Inglewood and Bendigo
bevans
Spending lots of State cash on re-opening Inglewood to Bendigo is probably not an option at the moment. If Iluka opens up it's sand mine near Balranald, the Manangatang line would be standardised, thus removing the need for the BG line through Bridgewater.
The decision on Balaranald is still probably 12 months away. I would say less than a 50% chance of it going ahead in view of the Fingerboards and Dooen mineral sands projects, plans for which are well advanced, and will put a lot of product into the world market (and lots of tonnage onto rail).
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
BS how's the weather looking for finishing off the crop up your neck of the woods? A bit to dry next week or so? I'm sure wobert won't be going dry from lack of rain
Richard stroker
Ok Dick, I have finally had all the natives get back to me and the general report is the very similar around the Wimmera.

I received info from Nhill, Murra Warra/Wallup, north of Horsham, generally nearish the big wind farm, Laharum, south east of Horsham and Rupanyup, so a good round up.

The story is yes, the crops could certainly do with a drink now and definitely within the next week or so and if so, it is going to be an excellent harvest but with further rain at the start of October will be huge.

As well, the hay job is looking very very good, so there will be a huge amount of that, although that will be the case across Victoria and I can only image a lot of NSW, right through the central west, it's been a terrific season for them. So there is probably going to be a lot of sheds full of hay looking for a place to go.

Perhaps Donald can give us a round up of things over there, earlier in the year North East of Horsham copped more rain so I can only image the situation is the same if not better over there.

All good news for the Ultima plant too, they've had a great start to their business.

BigShunter.

as far as I know, wobert's crop observing skills are limited to standing on the verandah of the Netherby Pub with a pair of binoculars..Razz

perhaps have a go at reading your private messages Dick, I feel a bit like I've been left standing at the alter....Crying or Very sad
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Or the line between Inglewood and Bendigo
Spending lots of State cash on re-opening Inglewood to Bendigo is probably not an option at the moment. If Iluka opens up it's sand mine near Balranald, the Manangatang line would be standardised, thus removing the need for the BG line through Bridgewater.
The decision on Balaranald is still probably 12 months away. I would say less than a 50% chance of it going ahead in view of the Fingerboards and Dooen mineral sands projects, plans for which are well advanced, and will put a lot of product into the world market (and lots of tonnage onto rail).
brownhillboy
Even getting this line reopened ASAP as BG with new sleepers, track bed, and bridge re-decking at least makes SG conversion still possible for this line, since it has been rumored an intermodal might be built at Eaglehawk.  Eaglehawk - Marong would be DG for future passenger services.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Stuff the binoculars, been to cold to leave the bar.And we're not supposed to be there anyway, but we are
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Who's the mob with the Freightliner locos? A couple of  what looked like G classes and something else, and a crew van
. I think they've been to Wolsley a couple of times lately,came through yesterday heading that way.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
G533 and G535 are the 2 G classes in Freightliner livery, they are owned and operated by One Rail Australia, formerly GWA.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Thanx muchly
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
Then again, might have been Dimboola
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Then again, might have been Dimboola
wobert
They were running the log train from Bordertown.

See thread in the SA section.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
These were grain wagons,blue and silvery plus artwork. Might be CFCLA fhjvc or whatever.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Wow this is getting out of hand quickly......

As already stated the two Freightliner liveried Gs are owned by One Rail Australia. Whenever and wherever, wobert saw them they were running what was a Port Adelaide to Dimboola grain train carrying grain back to SA. The two locos can be seen on a lot of ORA workings, so can end up anywhere. Wolseley is a regular destination for ORA grain trains. Some of the hoppers are ex CFCLA, these days owned by ORA

Pacific National are running the Bordertown log train and therefore these two locos had nothing to do with that.
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

ABARES have upped grain forecast production for Victoria yet again to well above average harvest levels for both wheat and canola. So Government is going to have to get cracking on the Inglewood - Eaglehawk re-opening at 40 - 50kmh or the current bottlekneck via Dunolly and long single line sections will mean no altermative but thousands of extra grain trucks on the roads when that can be totally avoided by re-opening Inglewood - Eaglehawk for around $ 30m allowing both Manangatang & Sea Lake lines to run multiple grain trains each day. Southbound via Sunshine and returning northbound via Warrenheip . Plus Ultima multi modal train gets a shorter direct overnight route to and from Melbourne. Plus 100 export containers a week ex Bridgewater can also be attached to the Ultima train at marginal cost. Its a no brainer, whatever finally with Murray Basin standardization. Ten week job to re-open so Governemnt needs to get cracking now as a post cono job creation project.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Regarding the reopening of the Inglewood - Eaglehawk line, who exactly has dropped the ball on this one? RPV? V/Line? The freight carriers themselves?

Who needs to be lobbying the government to fund this project? Funding for shovel ready projects is being handed out left right and centre at the moment, yet this no brainer of a job seems to be repeatedly ignored.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Regarding the reopening of the Inglewood - Eaglehawk line, who exactly has dropped the ball on this one? RPV? V/Line? The freight carriers themselves?

Who needs to be lobbying the government to fund this project? Funding for shovel ready projects is being handed out left right and centre at the moment, yet this no brainer of a job seems to be repeatedly ignored.
Gman_86
The simple answer is that V/line doesn't want freight trains on busy passenger lines.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
Regarding the reopening of the Inglewood - Eaglehawk line, who exactly has dropped the ball on this one? RPV? V/Line? The freight carriers themselves?

Who needs to be lobbying the government to fund this project? Funding for shovel ready projects is being handed out left right and centre at the moment, yet this no brainer of a job seems to be repeatedly ignored.
The simple answer is that V/line doesn't want freight trains on busy passenger lines.
Carnot
While it is within their remit, freight services have been shown the middle finger at times by vline as track manager. perhaps an argument for below rail maintenance to be handed to a 3rd party. then the challenge would be for the government to fund it properly, which is it's own ongoing problem.

As shown by the issues with the north east line managed by ARTC, 3rd party management comes with it's own risks.

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