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.


08 October 2014

More Black Cav - Qube 1311

A late running Qube 1311 paper train provided the ability to get a nice shot out the back door.

CF4412 and CF4411 on a load of empty container headed or Harefield.

CQMY 3063 is one of many CQMYs in the consist.  All containers for paper are 40ft.

A Qube owned SQMY 0068 was also part of the consist.

Mixed in with the 'jumbo' wagons are some 40ft CQZYs.  Here is the last of the class, CQZY 1700.


03 October 2014

Black Cav - CF4412

Managed a couple of quick shots of a late running Qube 1311 paper train from Port Botany to Harefield (Junee) a few weeks back.  Black Caviar CF 4412 was leading CF 4411, on 38 wagons.

1311 rounding the curve under the Hume Highway at Yanderra.

Approaching Mittagong Junction.

Portrait shot of CF 4412.


26 September 2014

Dalian Trams

Dalian is one of only a handful of cities in China which have trams.  This is due to Japanese occupation in the early 1900s.  

A mixture of more modern DL6WA trams operate alongside these 1930s built DL3000 type trams.  

I have quite a few shots to post over the coming weeks, but here is a teaser.


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.