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

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Something new

Sunday, started cold and wet for a historic unloading of the new CSR locomotives at Port Adelaide. Two (CSR 005 and CSR 003) had already landed on Saturday evening. The first Pandaroo landed in the morning was CSR 004 after two hours. Next CSR 006 after an hour, then CSR 001 followed by CSR 002, at half hour each.




 The blue plastic sheet is coated with anti-rust, while the outer white/green sheet is for water proofing. The locos took two days to load in the China, each having it bogie cradles welded to the hold deck then secured down for the voyage. On arrival the weld is broken.
According to the young Chinese manager from CSR watching the unloading, the remaining four units have yet to be built, though they have all the components. also along for the three months is the design engineer.
Unfortunately we did not get to see the special Pandaroo sheet covering CSR 002. (The first to be loaded in China). As can be seen the wind was ripping the plastic covering off as the emerged from the ship's hold, as in the first photo. It will be over three months before the remaining four units arrive, two will be off-loaded at Newcastle, and the last two, again at Port Adelaide.

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