29 November 2014

Jumbo Coil

Had a question asked about Jumbo Coils.  Here are some details from my ARI article in issue 1.

Jumbo Coil weight is 27.78t
Outer diameter is 1866mm
Width across is 1550mm
Thickness is 11mm material, rolled around 50 times.

The coils do vary and this certainly a larger one, but I would expect 24-28t to be the normal weights.


23 November 2014

Sodium Cyanide on BM7

A shot from last week of BM7 with double 6020s. 

A load of sodium cyanide in Orica containers loaded on a CQBY.


16 November 2014


A ship load of new CSR built NHHH coal hoppers arrived in Newcastle last week.

NHHH rake 98011-98012 are the original pair which have been in operation for quite a few months now (maybe years).  The light blue is an easy identifier.

Newly delivery NHHH rake 21 (98211-98214).  These are 4-packs, rather than the prototype 2-pack.

NHHH 98211 is the lead vehicle of rake 21.


14 November 2014

My Cover Shot - Motive Power

It is with great excitement that I can announce I have the cover shot on the next issue of Motive Power magazine - Issue 96.

Following the link to the MP web page for a preview.  Motive Power Link


12 November 2014

Busy Thornton (Newcastle)

After a few meetings in Newcastle, I headed to Thornton in the hope that there would be a few trains late in the afternoon.  What I got in a period of less than 20 minutes was rather spectacular!

When I arrived a Hunter Railcar passed by at 1706 hrs.

Starting the procession at 1721 hrs, empty Pelton Unit Train 49 with EL55/EL64 on the coal roads.

An UP XPT at 1723 hrs.

Empty ore 4835 with double 82s passed by at 1727 hrs.

Half of the load consisted of new Patrick half height ore containers.

Aurizon empty coal at 1737.  Thankfully this guys was humming along to clear for SSR's 1579 grain train.

A down XPT at 1738 hrs.

The icing on the cake was SSR102 on 1579 grain to Moree at 1739 hrs.

What a top afternoon!


10 November 2014

Newcastle Shunter

The PN shunter, 8025,  at Carrington/Morandoo rounds the loop at Carrington.


08 November 2014

The Indian

With a west closure, the Indian Pacific (7SA8) with NR25 ran via the south, perfectly timed past Aylmerton.

NR25 rounding the curve at Aylmerton.

Car carrier AMRZ 251

The only platinum car in the consist.


30 October 2014

VISY paper train on the south

A great day last week for photographing the VISY train operated by Qube.

CF4412/CF4411 on 1311 at North Goulburn.

South Goulburn, passing the stored locos at Goulburn Workshops.

A beautiful spot at Middle Bridge Cullerin.

The 'Windmills' in the Cullerin ranges.

A CFCLA leased CQMY.


A Qube owned SQEY

A loaded SQEY.


25 October 2014


Some photos of NY3 earlier in the week.

Triple NRs on NY3 at North Goulburn.

Rounding the curve at Middle Bridge in the Cullerin Ranges.  Still nice a green down south. 

An RKLY wagon with two very different orange butter boxes.

Another RKLY with a pair of ratty butter boxes.  The back one has new flat roof panels painted yellow.

Milling or crushing steel balls loading into CHIU containers, loaded on RQTYs.

A patchwork quilt over an RKCX.

Another patchwork quilt on an RKCX.


18 October 2014

ARTC Ballast

Managed a late afternoon shot today of 3M21 ballast, working with the SBC34 around the highlands.

Here CM 3307 (with CM 3301 on the back) is returning to Marulan for another load of ballast.