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A different office: Locomotive 29 Nov 2021 10:39 #228785

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If we're doing offices, here is mine.. Or was until last week!



Turning circle probably not so great though but will pull 4,500 tonne out of Albury by itself if you don't mind a slow trip...
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A different office: Locomotive 29 Nov 2021 17:59 #228791

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Driver1901- that'd be an EMD powered loco in your photo I'm assuming- not a 20V4000 made in China jobbie. Pete

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A different office: Locomotive 29 Nov 2021 21:09 #228800

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Yep, 16-710 EMD engine. The locomotives themselves were built in Cardiff, NSW. Put down about 600kN to the railhead when getting on the move on a good day. The Chinese engines are OK but build quality is definitely lacking. And don't have the horsepower that these things do. Two of them will do 8,000 tonne up Pimba bank in SA at about 15-16km/h. Two of the EMDs will do the same train at about 23-24km/h.
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A different office: Locomotive 29 Nov 2021 21:57 #228801

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Driver1901, The MTU engineer who signed off on the CSR 20V4000 loco's didn't get the cooling package suitable for an Australian summer. SCT has 2 Penske mechanics at the Adelaide yard full time. But they do get good hours out of the 20V4000 engines before a scheduled re-build. I was told SCT are looking at buying more CSR loco's- considerably cheaper than an American loco. Correct me if I am wrong.

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A different office: Locomotive 29 Nov 2021 22:01 #228802

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On a trip to Golburne rail yard and round house earlier this year Qube bought in another one of those Chinesium jobbies for repairs after yet another break down. The guy doing the guided tour said they heve 2 spare locos in hope they can have 8 working at one time. It was great to see the turntable in action as well on the day.
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A different office: Locomotive 29 Nov 2021 23:25 #228804

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First two are already on Australian soil. Not sure about how much cheaper they are exactly, figure I've heard was about $1 million per unit.

God knows how much they've spent on maintenance issues over an equivalent EMD or GE product!

The first batch had big issues with dynamic braking overheat which turned out to be the dynamic brake air intake sucking the heated dynamic brake exhaust in causing dyno failure. Plus numerous other issues. The ride quality was excellent though and the cabs were quiet so overall from a drivers perspective they could be worse. Wouldn't buy one myself though..
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A different office: Locomotive 30 Nov 2021 20:29 #228831

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I noticed the penske ad for a mechanic to do the job in the last couple of days.=, might be worth a look.

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A different office: Locomotive 30 Nov 2021 21:00 #228833

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600Dodge- last time I called by my former place of work [Penske] the field service bloke was telling me that SCT was looking at having a Penske mechanic on site 24-7 - 3 shifts whether there was maintenance to be done or not. Also looking for mechanics for the truck bay. I like to call by every now and then to see how the young fella is getting on with the 6v53T's and he has an 8v71 to build also. The Penske mechanics only maintain the 20v4000 engines on the CSR loco's as far as I am aware.
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A different office: Locomotive 30 Nov 2021 21:07 #228835

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I had a chat with SCT about a possible job but they wanted to pay slave wages and penske werent much better but the new add said "mining equivalent flat rate", I might humour them just to see what their idea of "mining equivalent" actually is.
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A different office: Locomotive 23 Jan 2022 19:25 #231039

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Didn't realise there was replies here so..

SCT are not a terrible place to work for, plenty of work going on at least. Just need to get a bit more organised and it might be a good job. Would be interested to know what their "mining equivalent flat rate" would be. The locomotive drivers were on $53 an hour so wonder what they are looking at paying anybody else?

Except for the first few years, Penske were not in charge of any locomotive maintenance, it was all Progress Rail or in house.

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