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

Tuesday, 14 May 2013


SDS models have released a photo of their first engineering sample for the up coming NQPY/RQBY 'skeletal' container wagon. Their estimate for release is near the end of the 2013 year.

An RQBY in grey in front of a OCY wagon.
They will be available in NSW Freight rail/corp livery, National Rail and Pacific National liveries.

If of the same quality as the initial flat wagon, this wagon is a useful addition to the intermodal wagon fleet, seen on any intermodal train across Australia since operating under National Rail and national standardisation. Before that, they were confined to the NSW system.
Now just need the RSQY 'skeletal' variant. (Note this is the same wagon but with a variation in the deck cut outs. Some were coded NQBY for a while, but became RSQY under National rail ownership.)
Remember, they are not true skeletal wagons, as they were built with full decks. They have only had holes cut into the deck to reduce their tare weight.

RQBY on Adelaide bound PN freight  24/5/2013

Monday, 13 May 2013

Rail advertising

When was the last time a major rail operator produced or aired a television advert here in Australia. Well her is one from Norfolk Southern, and it is worth a look.


Not only a impressive add for Norfolk Southern, but a promotional tool for railways, and their importance to the economy..