Shunting #185 …

185 arrived

Last week’s post ended with the arrival of SAR train number 185, the down “Paper” goods, at Jameston (as seen above). #185 brings loaded soda ash, loaded pulp paper and empty vans for loading with paper products to the Apcel Paper Mill. As well as shunting these three commodities, the train engine (Goodwin Alco 956) and driver are required to make up SAR train number 186 – the return (up) “Paper” goods to Adelaide. This train conveys loaded paper products in vans and empty open wagons (that bring in soda ash and pulp paper).

Shunting at Jameston can be somewhat of a challenge – there is a simple three road yard and industries located at both ends of the station, as well as a small loco depot. Train numbers 185 and 186 look to be fairly easy shunts, as only one industry, the Apcel paper Mill, is “worked”. Of course, there are plenty of “ways” to shunt though, so feel free to follow along as one such solution is offered. First move is to collect those empty open wagons for #186, making room to position the loads from 1#85. Leaving #185 in Road 2, loco 956 heads to the soda ash siding is first (below):

Empty soda ash

Having collected two empty OBf wagons, 956 then moves to the pulp paper unloading siding to collect two empty bogie opens (below):

Empty pulp paper

Empty wagons are always positioned at the rear of the train, so 956 can now commence forming train number 186. The four empty wagons are pulled clear of both the mill and train number 185 (below):

Empty shunt

Having used the eastern headshunt, 956 pushes the empty wagons down Road 1 in the yard (below):

Empty Road 1

With both the soda ash and pulp paper unloading locations (or “spots”) now clear, 956 can position the loaded wagons from train number 185. First, the four loaded wagons are brought forward from their train as a group (below):

Loads shunt

The loaded wagons are then pushed back into the Apcel Paper Mill. 956 delivers the pulp paper wagons, today two SAR “O” bogie wagon wagon variants, to their “spot” first (below):

Loads pulp paper

956 then positions the two soda ash wagons, both four wheeled SAR OBf opens, at their unloading point before pulling forward to focus on the next task – swapping the empty and loaded vans (below):

Loads soda ash

The next “move” in this shunt involves moving the guard’s van (or “goods brake” in SAR speak) from the end of #185 to the end of #186. Fortunately, the track arrangement at Jameston makes this task a simple one. 956 moves the remaining wagons in #185 (vans and the goods brake) forward, uncoupling the goods brake before the mill crossover (below):

GB positioned

956 can take advantage of the space in the mill sidings and pushes the empty wagons to a temporary location – these empty vans cannot yet be “spotted” as the loaded vans have yet to be removed from the mill (below):

Empty vans moved

With space created, loco 956 can now return to Road 2 and collect the goods brake. The next move will be to attach the goods brake (often abbreviated to “GB”) to the end of the empty open wagons already in Road 1 (below):

Collect GB

This task completed, 956 can draw the four empty wagons and goods brake (the beginnings of train number 186) forward into the eastern headshunt … (below):

GB and empties pulled forward

… before pushing this consist back through the yard and into the Apcel Mill, collecting the loaded paper vans (below):

Push back collect loaded vans

956 and crew have now completed the formation of train number 186. The entire consist is drawn forward out of the mill and into the main yard (below):

186 pulled forward

However, 956 still needs to “spot” the empty vans from #185, currently sitting in a temporary location in the Apcel Mill. To do this, 956 first pushes #186 down the yard (but remaining within yard limits – below):

186 positioned

This task completed, 956 can return to the mill and collect the empty vans from the temporary spot … (below):

Empty vans collected

… before positioning them in their loading spot, recently vacated by the vans pulled out for train number 186 (below):

Empty vans positioned

956 now returns to train number 186 and pulls it back up into the yard, clear of the Road 1 points, so that the loco can run around and attach to the front of the train (below). The work breaking down #185 and making up #186 is nearly done:

Nearly there

If the crew is satisfied with the accommodations of the “B” end (blunt) cab, then simply running around the train via Road 1 can now take place. However, a slightly fussy crew are on hand today, and with time available loco 956 is moved to the turntable at the eastern end of the yard (below):

956 on tunrtable

With the loco turned and the slightly larger and more comfortable offerings of the “A’ end cab available, 956 can now run around her train (below):

956 running around

Reaching the western end of the yard, 956 waits for the points to be reversed (below), allowing the loco to push back onto the train:

956 to push back

956 and crew can now “do the brakes”, ahead of train number 186’s departure to Adelaide. For the driver, doing the brakes will actually be ensuring all wagon cards for all vehicles are in order – these cards having helped orchestrate the shunting moves above. Eighteen wagons in total were involved in breaking up one train and making another in what is just one of the four goods train workings that serve Jameston in a day.

186 to depart


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