07 November 2020

Original Jumbo Coil Containers and Infront Models

Earlier this week I shot a PQGY with a pair of original jumbo coil containers.  These have been around for at least 15 years, but are well and truly outnumbered by the newer DMC and DMJU jumbo coil containers.  

My sighting coincided with the ordering of a few Infront Model containers available here which are really nicely cast with a lot of detail and only need a slight flash tidy up and a paint.  I'd highly recommend picking some up.  

With the recent sighting and my new models, I thought I would have a look back at some photos from my extensive collection from the period of 2004-2007 when jumbo coil cartage started to turn containerised.

The above four potos show PQGY 3136 with a recently loaded pair of older jumbo coil containers, the same as available from Infront Models.

An RQKY with two containers in 2004.  They had not been painted yellow by this time.

An NQIY or RQIY with another pair of rusty containers. 

A VQCX in 2004 passing through Broadmeadow Yard with another pair of jumbo coil containers.

By 2005 the containers had been painted yellow.  These are on RQMF 4260, and interestingly, are placed with the coil inboard which is pretty unusual.

RQMF 4260 again with a better view of the cradle end.

Another cradle in 2005 this time fitted to RQKY 2029.  

A nice view of RQKY 2029 at Junee in 2005.  This would make a nice model with an Auscision wagon and coils.  

In 2004 new DMC jumbo coil cradles were being introduced.  About 30 or so formed the first order.  This photo in 2006 shows an RQMF/RQMY with a mash up of DMC and an old container on the same deck.  This arrangement was and still is pretty rare.    

Jumping forward to 2009, they appears on an NQFF.  This would have been after Pacific National and Patrick Portlink lost a lot of the Port Botany container traffic to other operators.

Another NQFF in 2009, and this one with the cradles inboard.

And the last shot of RQMF 3059 in 2009 with a standard set up.  

Looking back, I have photoed a train with no less than 10 of these container as part of the load.  I'm not sure how many are in traffic, but I would think that it would be around 20 at most.  


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