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Eyre Peninsula Siding

Another visit was made to Eyre Peninsula system in January 2006.
Operations at that time were:
Kimba and Wudinna were the termini for both lines, with no trains running beyond since at least the last season.
Train times to Wudinna are extreme with 17 km of per-way restricted to 10 Kph!
Barracks at both Minnipa and Lock are condemned and not used by ARG, but leased out to the grain contractors!
Barracks still used at Rudall.
Overnight train to Cummins bunker most days.
Another train running to Lock one day, then Wudinna the next.
Lock train drops off at Murdinga and Tooligie as required.
Wudinna train drops at Kyancutta.
Another train runs to Rudall, Darke Peak and Kimba with the timetable being run to Rudall and return one day, to Kimba and return the next, then to Darke Peak and return on the third day. Then it starts over again.
The line from Yeelanna to Kapinnie is very much out of service. My last trip about 3 years ago had a train on it but I missed it.
A local trucking outfit is doing the cartage direct to Port Lincoln from points north of Wudinna.

Some observations:

At Lock on the 8th of January:
842(AN-AS)-1204(ARG)-851(ARG), on the north end of the rake loading. By 1920 the locos had run round and the train was departing for Port Lincoln.

On the 9th 842(AN-AS)-1204(ARG)-851(ARG) ran the train to Wudinna, the northern limit of train operations since last season.
Times:
Crew change took place at the 200 km post, Kyancutta Tanks Rd 1705 hrs
Kyancutta 1715 to 1725 dropped off empties
Arrived Wudinna 1815 hrs.
1204 had air-conditioning problems the day before, that's why it was not leading.

On the 10th:
1204 was back leading the empty train to Lock.
Times being:
Cummins 1220 to 1233, attach 6 empty hoppers left over from the overnight bunker train.
Yeelanna, 1300 to 1310, drop off empty hoppers.
Karkoo, 1335 hrs.
Under the load-out at Lock at 1640.

On the 11th:
906 was shunting Port Lincoln yard.
1203(ARG)-850(AN-AS)-905(ARG) on the empty train to Wudinna.
Times:
Out of Port Lincoln at 1045.
Thru Tooligie 1415.
Thru Murdinga 1444.
Warramboo 1640 to 1649 drop empty hoppers.
Kyancutta drop empty hoppers 1735 to 1749.
Arrival at Wudinna 1831 hrs.

The Kevin gypsum trains were still running 3 return trips per day and using extra crews from both Port Lincoln and Port Augusta.
The big change noted was the repainting of the NJ class into Australian Railroad Group or ARG orange and black livery and the renumbering to the 1600 series, NJ1 became 1601 and so on. 1601 also lost its original NJ1 name 'Ben Chifley'. NJ3 was still in Australian National green and yellow, but wearing Australian Southern decals.

Observations for Friday the 13th January 2006 were:
1604(ARG), NJ3(AN-AS) and 1601(ARG) loaded gypsum train 6DD2, 436 km peg, 0813 hrs.
Arrival at Thevenard 0849 hrs, proceeds straight to the unloader to start unloading.
Ageing ALCo unit 871 sitting in the maintenance centre yard looking very dis-owned.
Sitting in Thevenard yard after crew change and waggon inspection, 1604 again lead the empty working (train 6DD3) back out to Kevin departing Thevenard at 0955 hrs.
Arrival at Kevin at 1200 hrs.
Shunt around the triangle, commence loading on the mainline at 1230 hrs.
Arrived back in Thevenard as train 6DD4 at 1530 hrs, straight to the unloader.
Seen again near the Speedway, 440km peg at 1730 hrs, heading back to Kevin for its third run as train 6DD5.
Train rake size was 58 waggons.
The line to Penong has the road crossing tracks removed at Penong.
And Moule is being used as the ballast loading siding.

Observations for the 2nd of November 2005 were:
Loco 871 (AN-AS) sitting in the Thevenard yard with an ENBA box van.
NJ3 (AN-AS) at the maintenance centre.
Locos 1601 (ARG) and NJ6 (AN-AS) shutdown out the front of the yard office.

For 10 days in early April 2003, I had the joy of driving around the isolated Eyre Peninsula division of Australian Southern Railroads' network.
There are 2 sections to this division, the largest being the section Port Lincoln to Nunjikompita with a branch off at Cummins to Buckleboo. The line beyond Nunjikompita to Penong Junction is closed to normal traffic and only sees locomotive transfer moves between the main loco workshop at Port Lincoln and the service shop at Thevenard.

On the Port Lincoln section they had 3 departures a day from Port Lincoln, the first, just after midnight a train heads for the bunkers at Cummins, loads with grain, then heads back to Port Lincoln, the second arrives at Kimba around 0500 hrs, locos run-around, then this train sets back to the bunkers north of Kimba on the Buckleboo mainline.
With loading finishing around 1000 hrs, the train then heads back to Port Lincoln. And the third train goes through Lock around 0630 hours, and drops off and picks up at 3 or 4 locations before reaching Poochera and after running around, and swapping loaded waggons for empties, leaves Poochera about 1300 hrs to head back to Port Lincoln, picking up loaded waggons dropped off on the way out.
Barracks in use during my trip where Minnipa and Rudall.
The weeks before they were using Lock and Cummins as they had more trains running.

Video features ALCo's 851, 842 and DA4 as they power away upgrade from Wharminda at 1420hrs 9th April 2003.

And the second division being isolated via disused rail, the Thevenard (Ceduna) to Penong line, although the section beyond Kevin to Penong is closed. With the last train to Penong being back in 1998.
Kevin is a large scale gypsum mining operation operated by Gypsum Resources Australia (GRA), a company jointly owned by Boral and CSR, which requires three trains per day with fifty six waggons. In years past Kevin also produced salt as an outload as well.
Each waggon carries about 33 tonnes of gypsum.
The method of loading is using two front-end style wheel loaders, in 2003 being Cat 988. At the time of my visit they were getting a train in at 0600hrs, loaded by 0700, then heading to Thevenard with arrival around 0930hrs where it runs straight to the unloader to commence unloading.
Once completed it then returns to Kevin with a fresh crew and arrives back there around 1300hrs. Repeating the above before arriving back at Kevin again around 1930hrs.

For more information on this area check out Peninsula Pioneer.

2006 grain images

842 at 198km 842 Kyancutta 1203 Tooligie 1203 Lock 1203 near Nantuma 1203 shunts Warramboo 1203 shunts Warramboo 1203 shunts wudinna 1203 runs round wudinna

2006 gypsum images

GCF 7083 at Thevenard 1604 Builders plate and logo 1604 6DD2 436km ENHA 2 K on 6DD2 436 km 1604 6DD2 at Thevenard Thevenard Maintenance Centre 1604 6DD3 Thevenard 1604 6DD3 Thevenard 1604 6DD3 Penong line 1604 6DD3 Kevin triangle 1604 NJ3 1601 6DD3 Kevin 1604 NJ3 1601 6DD3 Kevin station 1604 NJ3 1601 6DD4 Kevin 6DD4 thru Thevenard 1604 NJ3 1601 6DD5 440km

2005 Thevenard images

871 Thevenard NJ6 Thevenard NJ3 Thevenard MC

2003 grain images

ENHG 6 Wudinna HAN 20 Port Lincoln HCN 3 Port Lincoln ENHV 16 Port Lincoln ENLF 6 at Port Lincoln NJ1 at Port Lincoln 865-873-DA7 at Port Lincoln Wharminda pickup Darke Peak 871 872 DA 7 Kimba bunker Kimba mainline loader DA7 872 871 Warramboo

2003 Kevin gypsum images.

NJ 5, 6 and 3 with 56 waggons Kevin NJ5 at Kevin NJ6 at Kevin NJ 3 at Kevin ENH 11 Kevin
The below are from our Toad's Scans and Pilbara Railways Digital Showcase gallery.
Eyre Peninsula Negative Album 244

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Port Lincoln, NJ, 830 and DA classes, 6th April 2003.

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View of the sidings, infrastructure and buildings of the former SAR / AN narrow gauge Eyre Peninsula Division. Wudinna, Kyancutta, Warramboo, Kopi and Lock.

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View of the sidings, infrastructure and buildings of the former SAR / AN narrow gauge Eyre Peninsula Division. Murdinga, Tooligie. Karkoo, Yeelanna, Cummins, Edillilie, Coomunga, Port Lincoln and Kapinnie.

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View of the sidings, infrastructure and buildings of the former SAR / AN narrow gauge Eyre Peninsula Division. Wudinna, Yaninee, Minnipa and Pochera.

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View of the sidings, infrastructure and buildings of the former SAR / AN narrow gauge Eyre Peninsula Division. Warramboo, Kyancutta, Waddikee, Darke Peake, Kielpa, Rudall, Wharminda, Ungarra and Moody Tank - Rock.

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View of the sidings, infrastructure and buildings of the former SAR / AN narrow gauge Eyre Peninsula Division. Buckleboo, Kimba, Nunjikompita, Wirrulla and Cungena.

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View of the sidings, infrastructure and buildings of the former SAR / AN narrow gauge Eyre Peninsula Division. Penong and Kevin.

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View of the Kevin gypsum train on the former SAR / AN narrow gauge Eyre Peninsula Division at Kevin.

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