New Cattle Crates withdrawn from service

 
  emerald-a Station Master

Well 6W46 went west again yesterday so it seems that there is some sort of agreement in place between Aurizon and the government for freight for now at least.

Given a lack of any announcement by any party i would presume it is some kind of rollover of the existing agreement whilst talks continue.

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  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
https://www.qt.com.au/news/wagons-return-critical-for-2000-jobs-at-ipswich-me/3308391/

Maybe the cattle trains are not necessarily over...
  emerald-a Station Master

Seems that the word was a week off on the start of the second freight train to  Longreach .

It is starting this week replacing the trucks they have been using for the last few years to carry containers from Rocky between the Sunday services.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Seems that the word was a week off on the start of the second freight train to  Longreach .

It is starting this week replacing the trucks they have been using for the last few years to carry containers from Rocky between the Sunday services.
emerald-a
What sort of intermodal volumes are there from Rocky/elsewhere to Emerald?
  M636C Minister for Railways

The new cattle sets were stored a number of weeks ago pending decisions on how to fix the problems after a spate of "incidents". It was only a matter of time before the LNP opposition and the media found out, election or no election. In an unfortunate coincidence Aurizon had literally just sold the old KOJX cattle fleet for scrap when the new sets were stored.
Sulla1
My recollection was that the KOJX wagons were basically QLX flat cars with rubber flooring and the "crates" were basically just the sides and ends in one piece attached at the corners (and possibly elsewhere).

From the description, the new containers are just that and can be used on any container wagon of suitable length.

Are these 40 feet containers (not having seen them)

With Aurizon exiting intermodal freight, a new use for container wagons seems like a good idea.

But with no experience of real cattle containers, it is understandable that there would be detail design problems.

The VR and WAGR both produced 20 feet cattle containers in the 1960s and 1970s.
The VR cattle containers are popular in NSW for storing track maintenance equipment alongside the track, since the doors can be secured but you can see what is in them through the slats. I think they just outlasted the cattle traffic in Victoria.

Peter
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The WAGR containers actually ended up in Queensland for sheep and pig traffic during the 1990s and into the 2000s.

The new Queensland Transport 40ft crates were originally fitted to the new AQYY 40ft container wagons, but the new wagons were allegedly too high for some loading ramps. Aurizon has now swapped the AQYYs with 1990s-era PCZYs and PCUYs. The AQYYs are now in the Dugald River concentrate traffic.

The cessation of Queensland intermodal should see a signficant number of the 60ft BCZY/BAZY/BEZY wagons transferred to PNQ, with Aurizon retaining the P type 40fts for the Bulk Division, which manages cattle and industrial freight.
  emerald-a Station Master

Seems that the word was a week off on the start of the second freight train to  Longreach .

It is starting this week replacing the trucks they have been using for the last few years to carry containers from Rocky between the Sunday services.
What sort of intermodal volumes are there from Rocky/elsewhere to Emerald?
james.au

Nothing major ,probably 8-12 wagons on the train normally on a Sunday plus whatever they bring in on the trucks that are now being replaced by the second train service.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Seems that the word was a week off on the start of the second freight train to  Longreach .

It is starting this week replacing the trucks they have been using for the last few years to carry containers from Rocky between the Sunday services.
What sort of intermodal volumes are there from Rocky/elsewhere to Emerald?

Nothing major ,probably 8-12 wagons on the train normally on a Sunday plus whatever they bring in on the trucks that are now being replaced by the second train service.
emerald-a
Good to see there's been some sort of mindset change relating to the CSO freight...too bad the gypsum traffic from Winton was lost in the interim. I wonder if a return to rail freight service on the Western Line is now also possible through the same contract?
  emerald-a Station Master

Seems that the word was a week off on the start of the second freight train to  Longreach .

It is starting this week replacing the trucks they have been using for the last few years to carry containers from Rocky between the Sunday services.
What sort of intermodal volumes are there from Rocky/elsewhere to Emerald?

Nothing major ,probably 8-12 wagons on the train normally on a Sunday plus whatever they bring in on the trucks that are now being replaced by the second train service.
Good to see there's been some sort of mindset change relating to the CSO freight...too bad the gypsum traffic from Winton was lost in the interim. I wonder if a return to rail freight service on the Western Line is now also possible through the same contract?
Sulla1
The gypsum was apparently lost due to an argument over who would pay for improving the loading point at Winton.

I would be interested to know why the idea of putting the freight back on rail has come about now after the last few years attempts to move it onto road as much as possible. Is it an Aurizon change of outlook or is it the government telling them that they aren't going to pay for them to move stuff by truck.

Lots of low level management talk about new 2 year Regional Freight and Cattle contracts being agreed with Aurizon but no announcement from anyone that I have seen so time will tell.
  emerald-a Station Master

Looks like they might be getting ready to kick off this years stock season, though whether it will be ghost trains or cattle carrying trains is still to be seen. At least one of the loader/stock checkers has been taken down south to see the solution that has been decided upon to stop the doors being knocked off by infrastructure when they fall open.

Gossip is that the solution is red tape or paint that shows if the door is incorrectly fastened .

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