18 April 2018

Autumn Colours

A few shots from around the Southern Highlands over the last week.

The first four shots are at Mittagong Junction and show the progressive yellowing of the poplars in the background over the last 7 days.  

The last shot is at Bowral, and is certainly a striking contrast. 

Not many days left of autumn colours.


17 April 2018

Interesting SCT / Aurizon Loco Transfer

Something different on the weekend, saw SCT transfer Aurizon's 6029 north on MB9.

CSR008 leading SCT004, the PQKY fuel wagon and then a dead attached 6029, seen approaching Mittagong.

6029 sandwiched after the fuel wagon and between the train consist.

Coming through Aylmerton.

The same train at Bargo River.


16 April 2018

Interest 20ft Boxes

A few cool looking 25G1 containers getting around the last few days.

Mums-pa box with the code PMRU 000368.

A2B Removals marked box with the code LVNU 780933-3.

Waratah Interstate Container Removals with the code WCRU 251714-6.


15 April 2018

Old 46'6 Reefer

You don't see too many of these early 46'6 reefers still in circulation.  Macfield had quite a few of them and Rand also had a few in the early 2000s.  

This one, QLCF 8034, is a Macfield lease unit, still with QR markings nad was on an SCT service heading to Brisbane.


13 April 2018

G:Link Gold Coast Trams

I spent a few days on the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games, and grabbed a few iPhone tram shots around Southport and Broadbeach.


02 April 2018

AMRM Container Article

G'day Everyone,

There is a great article in the April 2018 edition of Australian Model Railway Magazine, covering modern-era export containers (2000-present).  A must read for anyone modelling the privatisation/NRC era.  

Part 2 (to be published at a future date) will cover Australian domestic containers.  

Be sure to grab a copy of the mag.


SSR Grain Train

A nice combo of C/49/C on the Allied Mills train heading south today through Mittagong.  


01 April 2018

Noosa Van Lines - Take 2

Another Noosa Van Lines box was sighted earlier this week.  

This time, this one had a white roof and the large 'N' loco was also painted on the left hand side.  The logo would explain the large gap on the box photoed a few weeks ago.

Noosa Van Lines box PBXU 720033-5

The CDDU box photoed a few weeks ago, sans logo.


31 March 2018

SCT Containers

A few SCT containers from earlier in the week including a new one.

New/Repaint 48ft general container SCTNDC001.  This could be an Aurizon repaint, but would be from the 913 series and not the 916 series containers.  Anyone want to have a guess on the meaning behind the NDC code?    The numbering doesn't even comply with existing 48ft containers in the fleet.

An older SCTDS 48ft general box, number 4840.

An SCT PQQY loaded with a pair of side doors and a set of 4 SCTDS containers.  These SCTDS containers are not all that common on the east coast, and especially not in a block like this.

SCF 316 series side door containers are appearing more regularly on the east cost, with 2 to 4 appearing on most trains.

Prototype 'Big Freeze' reefer from Intermodal Solutions is looking a bit worse for wear with the logo and lettering fading badly.  This box is BFPU 466001-9 and here it is 6 years ago when I first saw it.


20 March 2018

TS Lines 22G1

A bit of a mix of TS Lines leased 20ft shipping boxes on MB4 the other day.  

All three are leased boxes.


16 March 2018

Sadleirs Containers

A couple of different Sadleirs containers from the other day.  Best known for their green painted vans, there are a few different 20ft containers getting around.

RCS 3419 is a standard 25G1 container.

RCS 2122 is a side door container supplied by Intermodal Solutions.

RCSU 260013-5 is a standard 22T6 ISO tank.  Probably 26,000 litres.  Some of these have been rebranded with the newer Sadleirs Logistics logo.


15 March 2018

Noosa Van Lines

A moving box I haven't seen before.  Here is CDDU 920247-2 marked for Noosa Van Lines.

Other CDDU boxes have been marked for Caloundra Removals & Storage.


11 March 2018

More Lime Green Bore Horizontal

Grabbed this shot at Mittagong on a diverted 1WB3 steel service today.

I haven't seen either of these lime green boxes before and they look very freshly painted.  


07 March 2018

Kitchens on the Run

Snapped these coming up from Melbourne the other week.  They are portable 20ft kitchens managed by Kitchens on the Run.  



01 March 2018

Another coloured NR

NR18 led PS7 this morning through the highlands, which was nice to see after getting NR74 Ghan the other morning.


28 February 2018

The Ghan - Out of Area

Ghan NR74 led 3MB4 this morning.  Here is a shot coming into Bowral, past the big green poplars. 


26 February 2018

SCT Variations

A few shots of SCT's MB9 past Aylmerton a couple of wees back.

SCT 008 leading another SCT unit.  The CSR Chinese locos have pretty much disappeared over the last few months; most likely to continued failures resulting in network delays.

An ABSY with a re-sheeted roof.  

The standard PQKY inline fuel wagon with container SCT 40218.

PQIY 0027 loaded with Wilson transformers from Wodonga to Brisbane. 

PQIY 0006 loaded with an SCT reefer and a former Aurizon reefer.  Both are 40ft+ types.

PQIY 0016 loaded with a former FCL reefer, and an original SCTR reefer (004).  


22 February 2018

Sadleirs Van

I had to share this shot with you.  It reminds me of rail-fanning in the US; the classic box car with a well rusted roof.  

This one is RLUY 18646 and is the early version with no louvres in the centre section of each panel.

The lime green is well faded, and thankfully this one has escaped the vandals.


21 February 2018


Grab a couple of morning shots earlier this month of back to back trains a bit after 8am. 

Repaint 8239 leading empty TM71.

TT118 leading loaded stone train 2196.


19 February 2018

Toll Repaint TSPD

Came across this repaint yesterday.  It is an old 48ft box and is marked as TSPD 48129-2.  

I believe this is an old Boxcar container, and Toll have a couple of them painted in the new green colour, but without logos.