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

Sunday, 3 August 2014

QRNational/Aurizon rolling stock

Have been working on a few items of rolling stock for a QRNational consist. I started work on a set of CQWY well wagons quite a while ago, and decided it was time to head towards completing them. To start with, two BGM RKIY well wagon kits. These provide the base structure, but a CQWY has a slightly different shape on the sides, and different cross bars in the well. Download the data sheet from CFCLA. The drawing is a bit small, but gives the impression of what is needed.


Here is a new one outside the workshops at Islington.
Note the change of location of the CF logo.

This is what we started with.
This is what we ended up with.
The colour, as reproduced is actually much darker than the picture illustrates. (It is a real dark blue). I used Tamiya TS15, as recommended on the The paint guide for modellers of Australian Railways. The model was given a good coat of Steam Era Models etch grey undercoat, as all the whitish clear plastic needs to be covered. Probably a coat of white undercoat would have been better.  Still time to change colour, as there are no decals available for a CQWY. (Decided at this stage to keep the colour as is).
Nearly finished, just decals required? Also, soon will have a 6000 class up front.
(May a manufacturer pick up this wagon sometime, as there are a lot of them been hauled around by Aurizon a the moment).
The other wagon that I have had sitting around, is a QQAY. This is a Wuiske model. It started out as a BZEY, which comes without bogies, and is cheaper than their QQAY kit. The BZEY is the narrow gauge code for the wagon, before been converted to standard gauge.
This is a white metal kit, and I added the extra parts (the large air tank and code boards), and left off the steps. I used Auscision ride control bogies on this wagon. Still to be undercoated and painted light grey.
The wagon, being 60' in length, means you can just load three 20' containers. Though, usually, photos show a 20' at each end or a 48' reefer in the middle.
QRNational PM service heading towards Mt Barker Junction.
QRNational MP service having come through the south line heading towards Port Adelaide.
Just about all my QQAY photos show a loading like this.


  1. G'day Andrew,

    Drop me a line if you need or want a better CQWY drawing. Also, the QQAY can carry 3 TEU (3 x 20ft containers).



  2. Hi Chris,

    The model measures out at 208mm, or 59.5'. So, I stand corrected that the prototype may carry 3 x 20' containers, (though the photos I have seen, they only carry two, or the 48' reefers) the model cannot.


  3. Nice job Andrew

    A better drawing of the CQWY would be most welcome. The wagon would make for a straight-forward conversion, scratch-building or 3D printing project except that the plans on the CFCLA site are unreadable.

    I suppose that now you have gone to the trouble of making your own we can look forward the imminent release of a RTR version :-) With LDPs and 6000s just around the corner there will certainly be a need.



  4. Hi Drew,
    I do not think we will see these as RTR, as I have been informed, that CFCLA livery models do not sell very well.