29 November 2012

CBH Watco Collection

A selection of Watco CBH equipment from WA.
CBH 118 on standard gauge.
The rear end of CBH 118
CBH 002 and a rather yankie style service truck.
CBHN 1004
Unusual partner to 1004 is CBHN 1419 - Built at either end of the project!
ALl the above shots are from Kwinana.
CBH 001 and 002 in the Avon Valley.  A bit of sun would have been nice!
CBH 017 crossing MP9 near Toodyay.
CBH 001 at a crossing near Toodyay.
CBH 017 arriving at Avon Yard (Northam).

25 November 2012

Rollingstock Photography Books

G'day Everyone,

I've started to work on some books containing my railway and rollingstock photos.  The first one I have completed is from an epic trip to the Pilbara in 2008. 

Book details, and ordering information is container at the link below on my rollingstockbooks Blog.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.




WA - SCT Toodyay

While not exclusively WA operations, here is a shot from between Northam and Toodyay.  Some of the locals may have a more accurate name for the location.
I remember quite a few years ago reading sightings in Railway Digest from the Toodyay correspondant.  It was a place on Dad's list where he wanted to go see trains - just that it was a little far away from Sydney.  Unfrotunately Dad will never get to see the place, but I think I adequately covered if on his behalf!
Here are some photos of a pretty standard SCT consist.
SCT 006 leading SCT 002.
Inline fuel wagon PQFY 4241.
Former NSW carriage, now crew car PSDS 2279.
Double stacked well wagon PWWY 40.  This wagon was build just down the road from me at Bradken Mittagong.
PQMY 4229 with a container I haven't seen on the east coast.
Gemco built PQIY 32.
Reefer ARFY 2253 with a well worn livery.
Unfortunately only half of rebuild VQDW 22.  Here is PQDY 22 with 70T ride control bogies.

24 November 2012

WA Narrow Gauge Wagons

A nice selection of narrow gauge wagons from Kwinana.
The first 5 wagons shown here are ex QR VAO type hoppers, with the top 4 used for coal.  Here is VAOC 36200.
VAOC 36207
VAOG 36099
VAOK 34552
Woodchip hopper VAOW 36262.
XBC 31023.  I think this may actually be a standard gauge bauxite hoppers.
XC 21089 bauxite hopper with WAGR markings.
XC 21128 bauxite hopper with Westrail markings.
XC 21068 bauxite hopper with WAGR markings, and a replaced bogie.
XGF 20809 bauxite hopper.
Alumina wagon XP 24607.
Alumina wagon XP 24609.
The oddo ne out - taken at Northam, grain hopper XV 24803.

22 November 2012

WA Standard Gauge Wagons

Finally, here is part 2 of my WA trip, with some standard gauge wagons.
Iron ore CFCLA new builds, CHEY 8047, used by QR, parked at Kwinana. 
An Intermodal Solutions container with a soft top being delivered to Kwinana.
QQQY 4204 loaded at Forrestfield with tanktainers for Kalgoorlie. 
CQWY 5004 double stacked for a trip to Adelaide.
What looks to be a freshly painted teal blue NSW NTAF parked at Gemco behind a QUB flat wagon. 
Cut down WOAX, now coded AOXY 33075 on 5426 near Northam.
Limestone and Cement hopper APNY 31168 on the same train.
ISO tanktainer marked for Cockburn Cement on train 5426 ex Kalgoorlie.

18 November 2012

WA Container Wagons

Thanks to those who have commented on this Blog.  I have added some more wagon details in the blog in RED.
11 days since my last Blog - talk about slack!  Anyway, I have just been over to Western Australia for 24 hours, and managed to get about 1100 photos.
I've processed them all through Photoshop and will try and post them in some sort of order.  This batch is all about ARG/QRN container wagons.
The weather was pretty nice, but I had to take what I could get on Friday morning (at 0530), especially with the incredible consist on 5426 from Kalgoorlie. 
AQAY 2273 was converted to this current format when ASR/AWR existed.  The chassis is an AOOX, cut down and skeletalised.  I am pretty sure it is a one off and was probably not financially viable (although it is a good concept).  These shots were around the Northam/Toodyay area.
Definately a former Commonwealth Railways RO, this wagon is now AQBY 30121.  I imagine when AWR was purchased by QRN, this wagon, and some other AQBYs came along for the sale.  The wagon probably wore the code AQOY/RQOY previously.
This wagon (and 6 others) were built new for WAGR back in the 1970s, with a code of WFCX.  30121 is the class leader, and they are very similar to the ROX wagons operated by CR.
AQCY 31033.  This is a pretty stock standard WAGR 63ft container wagon.  Previously coded WQCY, many were coded WQTY when Toll ran a train service around 2000-2001.  Quite a few are in NSW also running as AQCY wagons leased from GWA. 
AQGY 30048.  While this is a WAGR wagon, I don't have any details on it.  Certainly a beefy little sucker.  The above three shots were at Kwinana.

This wagon is a former WFDY type wagon.
AQHY 30058 with sulphuric acid tank CSA 0073.  Seems the AQHY fleet are all fitted with CSA tanks.  This shot was at Forrestfield.
This wagon is a former WFDY type wagon.
Still wearing the orange from Alice to Darwin line construction trains, AQRY 1003 is a bar coupled two-pack.  This wagon was a former AFRF railset and has a long history with the Commonwealth Railways.  Interestingly, the wagons retain a non-WA number.  This shot is near Toodyay.
AQWY 30231.  This seems to be a standard WQCY/AQCY with a weight reduction deck modification.  This wagon is carrying containerised Ammonium Nitrate.
AQWY 30412. This seems to be a standard WQCY/AQCY with a weight reduction deck modification. This wagon is carrying liquid Ammonium Nitrate.
Carrying a special wagon code of AZDY, this wagon numbered 30726 is loaded with Sodium Cyanide containers.  Again, it is a WAGR wagon but I am unsure of the history behind it.  The above three photos were taken at Kwinana.
This wagon is a former WBAX boxcar.

07 November 2012

Western QLD lines - 25 August 2007

After seeing the Wuiske model release of the QLX and QSC, I thought I'd have a look for what memories and photos I have of these 'boxcars' - hoping to maybe buy a few on the 'broad gauge' to go with some 2300s.  I have too much Aussie and US stuff to convert my 1435mm empire!  
Usually heading 'west' towards Laidley and the Toowoomba range about once a year, the normal delights are coal train after coal train, with a glimpse of the Westlander and maybe a container service.  A stock train, mollasses train and the occasional wheat train also made things interesting.
Knowing that the Charleville (Cunnamulla/Quilpie) freight was running, Graham and I based ourselves at Miles, about 200km west of Toowoomba.  We would meet the train heading east and follow it back.  On 25/08/2007, we got up early and headed west, getting towards Jackson (Between Miles and Roma) before spotting the train coming towards us.  The chase was on - easy to catch, but getting it in sunny conditions was the challenge. 
Below are some photos from the day, including plenty of wagon shots.  This might be one of my biggest Blogs yet!
For the record, the train into Miles consisted of 2315/2481 and:
13 QSC type curtain siders, 12 QLX type vans, 1 HWO, and 4 RCF reefers on the rear.  At Miles, 10 Sheel diesel tankers were attached to the front of the train.
For those interested, the wagon numbers that I could get from photos are:
OBAM 43828, OBYM 43898, OBAM 43847, OBAM 43916, OBAT 43835, OBAM 43853, OBAM 43915, OBAM 43829, OBAM 43834, OBAM 43879, QSCM 38463, QSCP 36898, QSCP 35281, QSCP? 32640, QLX 36410, QLDP 39442, HWO 39517, QLXM 38525, QLCP 39262 (Yellow Eastliner), QLXM 38513, QLXP 39111 (charcoal passenger roof), QLXM 37373, QLXM 36938, RCF 39634, RCF 39612, RCF 39608, RCF 39620. 
Just west of Miles.

Picking up 10 Shell tanks at Miles.

Attached back to the train at Miles.

At a bridge around Columboola.

OBAM 43847 and OBAM 43916.

OBAM 43898
OBAM 43916

OBYM 43898

RCF 39608

HWO 39517

QLDP 39442 with Q-Link signage totally covered.

QLXM 38513 with Q-Link signage.

QLXP 39111 with the charcoal painted roof for passenger service.  Also the old QR logo.

QSC 32640 in Q Link livery.

QLXM 36938 in a grey repaint.  What seems to be common to the 36000 series is the additional louvres on the ends and sides.

QLXM 37373 with an old QR logo.

What would have been a sight to see when new, heavily graffitied QLPC 39262 wears the yellow QR Freighttrain Eastliner curtain.