They are fixed together quite well, so may head to Vic by rail this way....
LowndesJ515Or could be all for BG. There will be 90 wagons. The top-loaded are bg with convertible bogies. You will note that this makes them a fraction heavier. The paper traffic is correct. It is a significant investment in new wagons particularly for Victoria. This is a turn-key project by CIMC from a Tongling factory in the PRC.
Then why the two Codes? The SQEF is set for bg operation at max 80km/hr with gapped side-bearers and when setting for sg operation the wheels are re-positioned on the axles etc the side-bearers are then set-up as constant contact resilient types and the speed limit is raised to 115km/hr and the re-code is SQEY.
SQEY- Tare of 23T, Capacity 77T. The bogies have narrow bolsters so can't easily become SG.
SQEF- Tare of 23.5T, Capacity 76.5T. The bogies have wide bolsters and the wheel sets have a straight section for the wheel to be pressed in to SG.
Also on the dock, there was one pair of new PN coal wagons, may have been on the same ship?
*EDIT* I meant BG on the top line, not SG. It is hardly un-likely that sg wagons would ever go down to Vic for bg operation. The loadings proposed on bg may restrict the speed of the SQEFs to lower than 80km/hr. The cost of dynamic testing amortised over only 40 wagons is an un-necessary expense (and less competitive) as you un-likely to ever build them again. The WGSY hoppers have the same set-up re bogies.
Wagons limited to 80km / hr as on the bg in Victoria do not have to have a dynamic behaviour speed test so why go to all that expense? You would have to find bg track capable for such a test. The conversion for sg operation is just take the blocks out and drop resilients into the pockets. The wagons may end up on sg one day!Sorry if this is silly, but does this mean that I can build anything for the Victorian BG to run at less than 80km/h and not have to ride test it etc, please?
The train was over 3hrs behind schedule when I filmed it near East Kilmore. The promised GL was joined by an 80 class for the run.8044 was supposed to run the train solo from Junee to Somerton until the 80 Class died at Wagga Wagga. GL101 was dispatched from Junee as the rescue loco. I jumped on at Benalla and ran it through to Somerton then shunted the yard, pretty nice wagons. Be interesting to see how they go with a full load on board and 18 wagons together with the 6 CQRX's.