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Been told today that the Main north between Sydney and Maitland is likely to be closed till atleast Friday at this stage.

The usually busy Hunter will be rather dull and quiet in the meantime.

Interesting things happening further North.
Originally posted on the QRIG mailing list and copied here with permission of GGnome:
dateline= Wrote:Currently at Acacia Ridge yard:
1 Shunt - 8033
2 Shunt - 8120
On Hand - NR106, NR111, NR13, NR18, NR21, NR31, NR44, NR57, NR73, NR26
(IP livery), NR61, NR24, AN9, NR104, NR58
Supposedly coming on 4AB6 - NR10, NR68 (Expected arrival approx. 0800 if
it got through the Maitland area in time)

As can be seen above, the yard has become a parking lot.

The Brisbane - Sydney line is now closed due to floodwaters. Sections of
track are reported to be under water.

At 0156 yesterday (Sunday), SCT train 6MP9 derailed between Barton and
Bates, 623km west of Port Augusta which has resulted in the East - West line
being closed as well.

Went pass on 1BW4 tonight. Had never travelled on the mainline in a
trailling unit before and as luck would have it, it was NR17+DL43+DL40.
DL43 was shutdown so we travelled in DL40. Is a rough ride on a trailling
unit on the \"goat track\". Not the most comfortable locos to ride in. We
managed to scavenge a kettle from the other DL while stopped to change the
staff at Glenapp and I had managed to get the heaters to work by the time we
left Kyogle. The radios do not work on the \"SRA local channel\" so cannot
lead in normal operation. Thankfully we got off at Casino to wait for 5MB4.

1BW4 was to be stabled in Grafton till trains start running again. Only ran
due to lack of room in Acacia Ridge yard.

Could be some interesting movements coming up when the floodwaters recede.

5MB7 arrived at around 2300. CLP9+CLP11 coupled back to back. About 1100m of wagons I estimate. No idea where it came from.

QR (narrow gauge) yard was probably the quietest I have ever seen.

LF09 was 1721D? in Bronco + 1740? in Blue with a train load of container wagons. Can't be sure of loco numbers as I was hiding from the cold air!

ARTC may reopen the line at 1800 on Friday, once washaways and other damage has been rectified. So things may start to get back to normal on Friday evening with southbound departures. Time will tell.

6BM2 and 5BA6 which were stranded enroute, were returned to Acacia Ridge yesterday.

So now we have the following standard gauge locos at Acacia Ridge:

CLP9, CLP11, NR111, NR24, NR10, NR68, NR15, NR115, 8033, 8120, NR104, NR9, NR58, NR21, NR73, NR57, NR106, NR44, NR74, BL28, NR41, NR114, NR18.
Gardengnome sent me these pics, so I will post them here before he does:

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you'd reckon the trackies have a fair task to have trains running through there by Friday
Good photos thanks for sharing.


For those unaware of locations, the one's of the track washaway are all between Whittingham and Singleton, a distance of maybe 5km's between the 2. And BL27 is in Morandoo yards, located about 10km's from Newcastle town centre and on one side of the Hunter River. TO the right of the photo at Morandoo is the former BHP site.

How much work will have to be done to BL27 to get it going?
one thing about nice heavy concrete sleepers is that it seems that after a flood, you track is more or less where you last saw it


dateline= Wrote:[cite] coyote:[/cite]How much work will have to be done to BL27 to get it going?

To be honest, not sure, though I would imagine an inspection of traction motors and wheel bearings would be necessary. Also the pic of BL27 shows the water upto the axle boxes so I wonder if any of the grease has escaped into the water...????
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