20 August 2017


For those of my generation, you probably associate the word 'isotopes' with the baseball team from the Simpsons, however I came across this interesting container the other day.

BSLU 925116-4 is marked as an isotope Lab for Marine National Facility and was on an Aurizon train from Melbourne, heading north.  From the look of both ends, it seemed to be kitted out with some fancy stuff.

BSLU is the code for Boxit containers.  


19 August 2017

SCFU Numbering Oops

Came across this the other day.  SCFU 416239-9 in the new grey livery with a large SCF logo in to top left.

Seems there was a bit of an oops when they were fitting the decals in China.

The third photo is an early 416 series box with the code in the right place and the smaller SCF logo.


13 August 2017

New Aurizon QHCH Hoppers

Spotted some new Aurizon QHCH coal hoppers straight off the boat last week.

QHCH 57058.

Pair QHCH 57073 ad 57074.


12 August 2017

PN Northern Grain

Managed to intercept this PN loaded grain train at Tarro the other day.  It has a very interesting consist of motley wagons.

A quin lash up with 8232 leading and DL50 as the fourth unit.

The only wagon in the consist built this century (well actually 1999 in China and delivered in 2000), XGAY 0006. 

VHAF 530 still wearing the former Freight Austrlia livery.

VHAF 864 which was previously a VHHF.  It is now fitted with NSW bogies.  

VHGF 264 with a decent graffiti patch out.

VHGF 223 with a well faded PN blue side.

VHHF 874 also with NSW bogies.

Former 1960s coal hopper, now NGIF 40015.

Former 1970s NGAX, now NGLF 30743.


11 August 2017

RKWY 2998

Spotted RKWY 2998 the other day on the back of PS6.

The significant repair of the side wall would make a great modelling project.


05 August 2017

Refurbished Toll Curtain-Sider 3NW912

Got this today on PS6.  Is is a freshly repainted and new curtain on container 3NW912.  The curtain is similar to the new build TINT curtain siders, but the logo is more central on the side.

The container would be around 20 years old.


04 August 2017

Lithgow Yard

A couple of interesting thing at Lithgow Yard this week.

Freshly painted 8231 waits to be picked up on a coal service.

A load of Airly coal bound for a power station on the central coast, led by triple CEYs.


03 August 2017

Horse Float on MB7

 A pretty cool load on a Caru leasing SLZU flat rack.  This Nissan Patrol and horse float have come over from WA and was seen on MB7.  

 The train was headed up by a very clean LDP003 and 005.
Coming into Mittagong station.

Rounding the curve at Picton Road near Maldon.