Dimboola station. This great photo was taken by my son Craig

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Southern Rail 48' containers

Southern Rail Models have released their 48' containers in a variety of liveries common on intermodel services across Australia, including some long gone liveries such as Boxcar.
My main interest were for Pacific National and Unit48 containers. The PN ones are listed in Auscision's forth coming units, but not the Unit48. Each container measures out at a scale 48' or 168mm in length, which is correct, and the livery has been applied neatly with sharp printing. Available as a twin pack, and delivered in a nice sturdy box!

More importantly, they fit into BGM well wagon units.

Southern Rail Models: art work for pacific national.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Southern Rail Models Grain hoppers

Another year has started, and it has been a while since the last post. As I said before, 2017 was the year of the container, with several from Auscision and Athearn containers joining the collection. Does not look much different this year, with more containers due soon. Also on the shopping list are flat wagons from SDS.
More recently, Southern Rail released their  XGAY/WGBY/WGSY/BGSY  C35 type grain hoppers, in use with Pacific National, Australian Wheat Board and SSR. Obtained my first packet of WGBY standard gauge units in dark blue: pack WGB01, with another packet in line, then will obtain some light blue (faded blue) units either Southern Rail or the to come Auscision units; for an Australian Wheat board train, possible hauled by my CFCLA EL and a upcoming Auscision G in the same livery as a QUBE operated train.

Have added another three units: pack WBG04.

Six units together.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Postcard from UK and Belgium

It has been sometime since the last post, and unfortunately, no Caulfield Report this year, as I was away across the other side of the world. Traveling takes money, so I have had limited funds to spend on models; which was mainly containers from Walthers.

First train related travel, was the Eurostar to Brussels in 2 hours and speeds of 300km/h. The Eurostar is actually two trains joined together and can be split is something happens as there is a driver at each end.

Belgium Railways SNCB shunting series 77/78 locomotive 7756 at Brussels Midi station, on the way to Antwerp.

Trams in Antwerp on 1000mm gauge.
Antwerp is worth visiting just for the railway station, built in 1895-1905, like many stations has been modernized, but the main booking hall has been left untouched, and is amazing.
Back in Scotland and Edinburgh, had to have a trip to North Queensferry and across the Forth Rail bridge, which dominated the sleepy little town.
At Waverly Station, you can usually find a locomotive having a rest, her is 92010 off the Caledonian Sleeper. Was hoping to see a new class 68 in Scotrail livery, but no luck.

Class 91 at Waverly in Virgin Eastcoast livery. On to York.

Trans Pennine Express class 185 EMU
Class 185 185146.
Sometimes one can get lucky, with 45699 passing through York station on a Scarborough Spa Express special.
Direct Rail Services 66428 at York Station.
London Underground S class stock.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Adelaide Exhibition 2017

The Adelaide exhibition now passed. A bit of a ho hum affair, though there were a few new layouts, but less on the trade side. Orient Express had a different non prototype livery Centenary car and some decorated and lite versions for sale, plus information on the F class steam loco, due next year.

A new layout, was Kapunda, of reasonable size and quality.
Two points of interest; one a wife of a spectator also pointed out, was why are the trees so small? Go out and look at gums trees. Even a 50'/15m tree is about 175mm tall and that would be small for a gum tree. The other, the silos were N gauge, should have bee twice the size. Concrete verticals are huge.The only faults of a nice layout.

The English layout Eyarth Station which had been extended with bridges crossing the River Clwyd.

Back again, was Saint_Bernard Sur La Mer, also extended, with a new wharf.

Gavin Thrums Lampwick Lane, part of the British Railways Modellers of Australia.

Friday, 24 March 2017

SCT PWWY well wagons

Sneaked in behind announcement of Indian Pacific passenger cars from Auscision, was the PWWY well wagons, purpose built for SCT. Currently run on all SCT services, but only double stacked Adelaide to Perth. Just need their long 80' flats and the SCT consist will be complete.

I have added some prototype photographs below.

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Year of the container

It looks like 2017 will be the year of the container, with Auscision undertaking a rerun and second run of their 40' units. All the existing liveries will be redone, plus a whole number of new liveries.

In addition, as to the Caulfield report: finally, Auscision will be releasing a 48' high cube container (which will include Linfox).

Also, Southern Rail Models, are also releasing 48' high cube containers, for their up and coming articulated wagons.

Almost all of the containers run on various operators trains today, except for Boxcar, mostly gone by the year 2000. Some the special FCL liveries would not be common either.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Auscisions PQFY inline fuel wagon

Auscision models have released a limited edition model of SCT's PQFY inline fuel tanker wagon.

All photos: Auscision models.
Unfortunately there is a glaring painting error on all four models, even shows on all their photographs, and that is the deck is not red, it is a charcoal/black colour. would also most have been worth buying one, but I imagine that to remove the tanks and pump would result in damage of something that would be hard to repair, as these are all resin.

Just is a side bit of information. Logicoil is SCT's fuel arm.