14 October 2017

CHEY 8089

A CFCLA CHEY (8089) in Goulburn.  These were built for mineral traffic in the western states, but currently many are off hire.  


09 October 2017

Return of the ROCY

You don't see ROCYs around very often these days, having been relegated to the transport of bogie frames between depots.  Only a handful exist, and they don't seem to come out too often.

Here is ROCY 34763 in a well worn SeaTrain blue livery.  


04 October 2017

Redbank Deviation

There is a cracking spot between Tahmoor and Picton called the Redbank Deviation, where a tunnel was closed and a new line built on a slightly new alignment.  

The spot is difficult to get to but on a good day, provides for some excellent photography.  

Here are some of my shots from a couple of weeks back.

2196 stone train.

2196 stone train.



2291 empty stone train heading south.

Trailing shot of a 6-car Endeavour heading to Sydney.

Down Canberra Explorer

Up Canberra Explorer

Down Melbourne XPY

The crossing shot.

The aim of the gain - Quad C class on TM02 loaded coal train for Newcastle.


28 September 2017

Repainted Endeavour

Managed to get some snaps of the repainted Endeavour set 2802/2852 running around the Southern Highlands lately.  


27 September 2017

SCF Dangerous Good Container

You don't see many of these around.  It is an SCF bunded dangerous goods container.  SCFU 213127-5 is a 2ES3 type with side door access.

Interestingly, more recent builds are in the 300000 series (which is a side door series) rather than the 20ft general series.  

This one was heading north from Melbourne to Brisbane.


20 September 2017

Another Aurizon Classic

Another cracker load on MB7 today.  A Prado and Coromal caravan from Perth to Brisbane on a Caru SLZU flat rack.  


17 September 2017

What I will miss about Aurizon....

As many of you may be aware, Aurizon intermodal looks to be winding up at the end of this year due to continual financial losses.  While the freight is likely to end up on other operator's trains, there is something that I have enjoyed about Aurizon consists.  

This afternoon I photoed 7BM7, and I've picked out some crackers which demonstrate the loading that I like with the Aurizon services.  It was about 13 years ago around Easter 2004 when this all started with CFCLA leased wagons and EL locos.  Shame they couldn't make it work...   

Aurizon have been a long time user of the CQGY fleet, with many being used since the start of the service in 2004.  Not only are the CQGYs interesting, but a triple tank load of a mixed variety.

Another CQGY but this time with the classic combination of triple Aurizon side door containers.  Aurizon trains have always had a plethora of side doors as part of the load.

A CQMY with a double CEVA load.  Ceva moved across to Aurizon as their carrier quite a few years ago, however it is likely they will go back to PN.

Another CQMY but with double AFED boxes.  It is unknown what will happen to the relatively young fleet of Aurizo boxes.  Will they be rebadged and continue in service for many more years?

Strange loads on Aurizon have always been a draw card.  Utes and camper trailers have always turned heads, and today was no exception, with an NQIU Shell Truck Diesel 48ft self-bunded tank as part of the load. 

K&S signed up for 5 years with Aurizon and it is likely the regular flat rack loadings on KHS and KT flats will go to another operator.  Here is a steel load on a KHS flat rack on a QQAY ex narrow gauge wagon.

Another QQAY, but with an ABLK Caru bulk container and a K&S KT flat rack.

QQGY 654 with a couple of Aurizon/QRN containers round out the photos.  The QQGY and QQTY wagins have been part of the scenery from day one, with 45 wagons coming across from CRT.  These former VR flats are still going strong with both Aurizon and PN (and a few with SCT).  


15 September 2017

SCFU 20ft Boxes

A couple of new SCFU 20ft general 2EG1 type containers.

An early 2016 box in white - SCFU 216093

A more recent 2016 box in the new grey with a very large logo - SCFU 216525.

SCFU 216525 again.

Another newbie - SCFU 216512.


14 September 2017

Searoad Side Door

Shot this Searoad side door SSDU box the other day.  

The road number is 217102-9, which probably identifies the size '2' as 20ft and the '17' as the year built.  '102' would be the serial number which may have started at either 000 or 100.

The container type being 5EGD is a bit strange, as 5 isn't a registered length, and probably should be 2 for 20ft foot length.  


13 September 2017

Aurizon LDPs

With the impending cessation of Aurizon intermodal, I thought it would be a good idea to get a few more shots.  

LDP007 and 003 on an MB7 service at Bowral.

Former VQCY, now QQGY 549 loaded with two CRT 30ft containers.

A bit of a rare beast...SCFU 0480012 is a 48ft Seacell container.  I don't believe that 2 is the check letter but rather the numbering is 7-digits.  This probably once carried Woolworths branding like the photo below of SCFU 0480011 taken in 2006 in SA.

Former narrow gauge QQAY 47819 with a pair or ORA Orica tanks sandwiching an Exsif ISO tank. 


07 September 2017

SCF Side Door

I came across this side door box the other day, and it is the first I have seen in the yellow and grey SCF logo design.  The container is SCFU 314054 and has the distinct vertical door design.

For comparison, I have included a shot of the next container in the series, 314055, which just happens to be in the new grey and orange livery.  

Keen observers will also note the container height increased between the liveries from 2.9m to 3.0m.


03 September 2017

Mixed Endeavour Set

A nice mixed pairing of 2802 and 2854 running in the highlands last week.


26 August 2017

PN Intermodals

Some intermodal shots from last Wednesday.These were from PS6 and MB4 services.

Haven't seen a Cahill 48ft box on rail for ages, and this train had two!  This one is CHLL 880003-5.

A nest of 4 Cronos CRTU flatraks.  These are 49P0 type which translates to 4=40ft length, 9=<4ft a="" ends.="" font="" height="" is="" p0="" platform="" without="">

A pair of Toll curtain siders on RQJW 60021.  The closes one is an overhaul and the back one is new.

Overhauled curtain sider 3NW815.  This container would date back to the 1990s and would have been a classic white and orange TNT curtain, probably with the Contrans text.  The container was built by Kruger.

Open top Hapag-Llyod HLXU 42U1 container. 

With a freshly painted side sill, RQCY 987G carries a Keny container and a Toll SPD curtain sider in the original Toll livery.

Another open top container but in the form of a GOAU container loaded into Toll 5-pack RRXY 3.

A pair of Royal Wolf former removalist containers.  The orange one was a former Allied Pcikfords and the blue one was a Wridgeway.

A second hand container with a new Royal Wolf logo.  This is a 25G1 type.

VQCY 815 with a Sadleirs leased container from Western.  The container is a former SCFU Seacell box now marked as WPWU.

RQCY 1007A in original VR red/brown and with the tie rail down the side.

A Simon flatrack with a few empty ones nested below the loaded one.

Toll 48ft TDDS 486125, with a second marking on the end showing TDDU.  I suspect the TDDU may have been used to ship the container from China,