19 September 2014

More Chinese Trains - Dalian

A few Chinese train photos from Dalian last week.

A high speed CRH arriving at Dalian Station.

DF7G 5022 shunting one of many passenger consists at Dalian Carriage Yard.

DF7G 5021 was assigned tothe wash plant, pushing consists backwards for a clean.  Shame both the DF7Gs were long end leading as they have quite a nice cab style.

Coming out from loco, relatively new HXd3C0638 heads towards the station.  This is a locally built electric.

Also headed for the station was SS9 0038 in a very attractive livery.

Heading to loco is electric loco SS9 0058.


12 September 2014

Chinese Freight Wagons

I'm back in China, and here are a few photos of some pretty standard freight wagons.

C80E all purpose open wagon.  These are commonly used in coal traffic, but do get used for pretty much anything and everything.

G60K tank wagon.

P64AK boxcar

P70 boxcar


07 September 2014

A 'Lucky' Shot

A lucky shot last week, at the end of my street.

03 September 2014

An Amazing Afternoon

In what I could only describe as an amazing afternoon, the trains were plentiful and the weather did a full '360' several times.  

I headed out to a favourite spot between Mittagong and Bowral upon advice that an X class was leading Aurizons BM7 service.

I arrived at 2.50pm in overcast conditions, the rest of the story is photo-documented below...

At 2.58pm it was dark and started to rain.  I was seriously considering packing up and heading home again.  Thankfully this was only a bank of cloud and rain passing through.

At 3.08pm Tahmoor coalie TM82 with double 82s on the front and a single 82 on the back rolled though in full sun.  Something I didn't expect 10 minutes beforehand.

At 3.17pm BM4, which had been closely following TM82 since around Yerrinbool rolled though in full sun, just as another cloud bank was rolling in. 

At 3.39pm, after more rain and dark clouds, the sun started to appear again, with an impressive rainbow on display.  With any luck Aurizon would show up within a minute of so for the 'money' shot.

At 3.45pm, unfortunately the rainbow had gone, but regardless, Aurizon's day late 2BM7 slowly rolled through in beautiful light with the impressive combination of X54/LDP008/6027.  The X sounded great and 6027 was a failure.  This was the shot I was after!

At 3.52, a slightly delayed down pass closely followed BM7 towards Moss Vale.  I could see blue skies for a far way but some cloud was on the horizon - it was coming again!

At 4.13pm the icing was put on the cake, with Qubes 1241 box grain service passing by in perfect afternoon storm light with CM3305 and 3306 on the lead.  10 seconds before the shot, it was dark and cloudy with another cloud bank rolling overhead.  A ray of sun came out for the shot and as the train passed, it was all in cloud again.

I packed up my gear and walked back to the car...just as it started to rain....again!

Following 1241 was NY3 and empty grain 2331.  I didn't bother with these as shadows would have been an issue.


01 September 2014

Back to the Highlands

A couple of quick shots at Aylmerton while the sun was out.

For those enjoying the Chinese shots, I'll start posting some Chinese wagons in the coming days.  

Down pass to Moss Vale, passing the wattle.

PS& led by triple NRs.

A roof shot of a PTC blue RLSY van

Another roof shot, this time of a Sadleirs green RLSY.

A roof shot of a PNXR reefer.

Unit 48 PVDU Freightquip container.  The tops of these are quite interesting and colourful!

A similar box but this own is a PNXD type.

Empty Tahmoor coalie heading back to the mine.

The inside of an NHSH/NHFF.  They are remarkable shiny and smooth.


30 August 2014

J51 Sand Wagon - Newport

I saw a question on a news group about this wagon, so I thought I would share a photo taken at Newport back in August 2012.

The wagon is J51.


22 August 2014

More Qiqihar Trains - Part 3

A few more random shots from the foot bridge at Qiqihar in north eastern China.

DF5 shunt units race back to different platforms to shuffle passenger cars around.

DF4B 7124 heads north through Qiqihar with a load of coal.

GE ES59ACi HXN5 0295 leads a coal train through Qiqihar as well.  On the back were two opens with logs and another loaded with a sand like product.

A DF11 departs Qiqihar station and crosses the HXN5.

Passenger car YW22B type.

Passenger car YZ25G type.


21 August 2014

Some More Chinese Trains

A few more photos from Qiqihar Railway Station.

Departing at 1530hrs, train K550 to Dalian is led by DF4D 0302 in an older livery (without whiskers).

One of two DF5 yard shunters pushes a YW22B coach back into the yard after taking it off an arriving train. 

Arriving at 1543hrs, train K7106/7107 from Mudanjiang to Nenjiang is hauled by DF4D 3314 and comprises of some double deck SRZ and SYZ cars.  On arrival the train crosses the DF11 loco which is preparing to attach to train 1344/1341.

An overall view of Qiqihar Railway Station.  Looks to be 7 platforms with the 'main line' running between platform 1 and 2.


20 August 2014

Back from China!

Well I'm back from two weeks over in China, fulfilling various work commitments.  Those that know me have probably seen my 'bright' project on a model train Facebook page.  

Anyway, I managed to get a couple of hours on Sunday and Tuesday afternoon at a pedestrian bridge at Qiqihar Railway Station.  The scene looked somewhat familiar to LaTrobe St in Melbourne, which overlooks Spencer Street Station (Southern Cross Station).

The timetable seems to be pretty much identical for every day of the week, with 3 arrivals and 5 departures occurring in a 90 minute period.

Harbin is a common destination as it is the closest and largest city near Qiqihar, but services originate at Qiqihar for long journeys to Chengdu (55hr trip) and Hangzhou (42hr trip).

The variety of passenger car paint schemes and locomotives kept it quite interesting.  Below are just a few photos.  I'll post more as time permits. 

DF4D 3297 on some green coaches (mainly YZ25B hard seat type), departs at 1508hrs on Train 6255 to Woniuhe (Mongolia).

With a front from Star Wars, DF11G pairing 0055/0056 lead the 1537 departure of train K548/545 to Chengdu, some 55 hours away.  The train was about 20 cars in length.

DF4D 3321 departs at 1555 with a regular service to Harbin, as train K7256.  The train comprised of mainly hard seats and hard sleeper cars.

Shunt unit DF5 2048 positions a blue and white rake of cars between different platforms.  The 16 cars would most likely be a long distance service as it had a dining car and baggage car.  Looking at the schedule, it may have been a Beijing or Tianjin arriving service.

DF11 0444 departs Qiqihar at 1607 with train 1344/1341 to Hangzhou.  This is a 42 hour service and the train was about 15 cars long.  

On both days, the same type of locomotive was allocated to the same train service.  


07 August 2014

PS6 through the curves

A shot of PS6 snaking around the curves a location 'X' in the Southern Highlands.  

It is a nice time of year with the wattle in full bloom.