22 March 2019

Flatrack Pipe Loads

A couple of cool loads on PS6 the other week on repainted Caru (CSL) SLZU flatracks.

SLZU 800024 with a mix of white and orange pipe.

SLZU 800012 with all white pipe.


18 March 2019

Royal Wolf Shipping Containers

A couple of Royal Wolf shipping containers turned up on PS6 the other day.  These are standard '45' type shipping containers, which is unusual since most Royal Wolf container are domestic types.

45G1 RWWL 456409-2.

Former CRLU 45R1 reefer is now RWLU 726620-4


16 March 2019

Toll Reefer TTR 707

An uncommon sight outside of Tassie and Melbourne is Toll Tasmania reefer TTR 707.  

This is the first one I have seen north of Melbourne since May 2017 which was TTR 701.

They look pretty similar to the TSHR reefers with the exception of the yellow guard on the fuel tank.


11 March 2019

Shot brand new TSHR 1801 on MB4 this morning.  Looks the same as the rest of the TSHR reefers, and it appears that the prefix 18 is the year ordered/built.


10 March 2019

Ocean Network Express (ONE)

Ocean Network Express (ONE) was formed by the amalgamation of three existing shipping lines.  Those three being K Line, MOL and NYK.  The result is ONE, with bright pink containers, although they do have some grey ones also.  

All these containers were on the same train.  Shame the sun wasn't out.  

K Line KKFU 45G1 container

MOL MOTU 45G1 container.  

NYK Logistics NYKU 45G1

This ONE container is marked as TLLU, meaning that is owned by TAL and leased to ONE.  

Another TLLU leased container painted in the ONE pink scheme.

My first sighting on a grey ONE container.  This one is ONEU 004766-3.  


06 March 2019

New Cosco 22R1 Reefer

Snapped this on Qube's late running 3112 service this morning.

It is a Cosco Shipping 22R1 reefer OERU 200160-1 with Captain Panda and his bamboo.


20 February 2019

Canadian Tyre 60ft Container

I could only laugh when I read the blurb from Canadian Tyre and Canadian National on their 'World First' 60ft intermodal container.

Touted as being delivered in late 2015, and in operation in 2016, the time frame is comparable to the prototype Sadleirs 60ft container RCS 6301 which was on rail in Australia in late 2015.  

Despite the close timings beween the Canadian Tyre and Sadleirs container, there is no doubting that FCL (now Linfox) led the way with the first 60ft container.  While I can't find an exact date of manufacture, I have found evidence of it from 2004 and my photos are from 2011 when it was converted into an office space at Parkes NSW for Transtank (which closed in 2016 and the container is no longer on site).      

The blurb from CT and CN on the 'first' 60ft container.

A photo of the container, courtesy of Mac Mackay.
Two photos of RCS 6301 (also CICU 982982-7) which was a concept container to replace boxcars with container.  Photos courtest of Pete Donaghy.


The real world first 60ft (19m) container was built be FCL around 2004.  Here are my photos of it at Parkes in 2011 being used as an office space for Transtank.  


19 February 2019

Hard Life Containers - for the modellers

Below are a few examples I have shot recently of beaten, battered, faded, rusted, and patched shipping containers.  These are great examples for modeller, and in most cases, not all that difficult to replicate.


17 February 2019

Jumbo Coils

I have always liked the jumbo coil loads primarily due to the variety of wagons they travel on.  I stumbled across WM2 last week and managed to get a few trailing shots as it zoomed past.  Below are few of the interesting loads, especially for the modellers.  

RCKF 50 with two tall skinny coils at each end and small one in the middle.  The wagon loofs very well loaded and probably close to maximum capacity.

RCKF 74 was another well loaded short coil wagon.  Most wagons only carry two jumbo coils either due to weight or cradle design/style.

RCQF 20318 with three very similar coils, but the closest one has been outside for a while as evident by the rust.

A real wild load on RCQF 20531, with a long fatty up front, a little one in the middle and tall skinny on the end.  Great evidence for modern era modellers that they can mix it up with the coils.


15 February 2019

Rare 25R1 Reefer

You don't see many 25R1 shipping reefers around, as most are the more common 22R1 8'6 type. The 25R1 type is 9'6.  This one was spotted at Qube's Harefield site the other day.  It is RSLU 320123-8 and owned by Reef Shipping/Matson.