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

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Strath Hobbies HB/SH/AHWY hopper kit

Sunday, having ridden from Goolwa to Victor Harbour, and while waiting for the pickup transport, called in at Endoftheline Hobbies. While looking around, noticed a sample of an up-coming kit for the SAR SH/AHWY ballast hoppers.
Originally built for the South Australian railways as a ballast hoppers, they were also fitted with a roof during the grain season for grain cartage.

They began life in SAR grey, before Australian National repainted in Green and Gold: now classified as AHWY. (Four units were transferred to Tasmania as QN/HQ class). At the end of AN, these wagons were transferred to ARTC, and refurbished with automatic door operating systems: repainted into yellow: classified as AHWX wagons.