There has not been a lot to report in recent times. Milk trains are slowly finishing for the season as milk volumes drop. 546 and 542 have both officially finished running for the season, but there were problems with the Fonterra plant yesterday and all milk trains were cancelled, so I ran 529 (5097) down to palmy instead of 541 last night.
I got to Marton the same time as 229 (30111 + 30042 )and we both waited for a big 210 (30203 + 30134) to go north, which also had loaded OM's on the head,
presume off to Te Rapa. It was a good time to get out for a leg stretch and give the two trunk trains a "roll by", and I must admit to getting a bit of a thrill watching the big 30's working hard starting their trains in the half light of the Marton yard lights, the pans arcing away on the contact wire...
I followed 229 into Palmy and ended up sitting behind it on the arrival for a while while a massive 520 (7186 + 4634 + 4438) pulled out.
228 had also just arrived and there were trains going everywhere.
The electric locos off 229 went straight onto 210, while I got cut off in the yard and went to the south end and over the flyover.
229 diesels were on the front of their train (5402 + 1267 + 1200) and they had pushed back to catch the incomming 229 tonnage and then pulled into the CT
Lots of locos everywhere and train movements... if your around at midnight its worth a watch IMHO...
Not sure if the milkies are back running today.
Some photos below taken over the last few days.