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

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

SDS Models new container wagon and others

SDS Models have formally announced they will produce a RQBY container flat. That is, a OCY with holes cut in the deck to reduce weight.

These wagons were converted during 1989 to 1992, when most of the remaining 370 NQOY wagons of the series 15000, 34000, and 35000 series were converted for the transport of 20 and 40 foot ISO containers. These modifications were carried out at the Cooks River rail yard. bt the end of 1992, the 15000 series had been recoded to NQBY. Most of the NQBY/RQBY wagons had been originally coded NQSY. The deck patterns on these wagons were different to the standard NQSY pattern. Under NRC these have been recoded to RQBY.

RQBY art work: SDS Models

Edit Note: Many of the 63ft container flats in service have their origins in the OCY/X and FQX flats. 

The FQX class was VR's primary container wagon for many years, almost identical to NSW OCX/NQOX wagon ( a kit is available from AR Kits), and SAR FQX /AQCX version, which had differences, the most notable being only having two chain boxes rather than four.  Steam Era models produce a FQX kit
 Recently, many have had their tare weight decreased, with hole cut in the decks and other weight removed. The other main class are the Commonwealth Railways RMX flats, used by all operators today. So far, only QRNational have weight reduced some of these wagons, by removing deck plating, coded QQEY.
Later built skeletal container flats in NSW and Victoria (QMX) are based on the OCY/X/FQX design, except for the NQKY,  which is converted CDY open wagon, with sides and floor removed.

NQKY Skeletal

RRTY ex RQTY ex AQTY ex FQX (With Polar Pack cut out)

Two version of the RQSY (OCY modified) modeled from old Callipari Kits, obtained from Casula Hobbies. (Powerline use the same unit for their RTR wagon).

RQSY with more extensive deck cut outs