The AK Cars

 
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
sorry to ask but what is so special about the AK cars?

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  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
sorry to ask but what is so special about the AK cars?
Dangersdan707
They don't run on broad gauge!
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
sorry to ask but what is so special about the AK cars?
Dangersdan707
Track Inspection Cars, used by ARTC and others, probably the most widely travelled carriages in the country.

Their life is maybe limited, to be replaced by specialist vehicles.
  Lockspike Deputy Commissioner

sorry to ask but what is so special about the AK cars?
Track Inspection Cars, used by ARTC and others, probably the most widely travelled carriages in the country.

Their life is maybe limited, to be replaced by specialist vehicles.
mikesyd
I guess gunzels are intrigued about the AK cars, there's an air of mystery of what this train is all about; it has been explained in these pages a number of times, admittedly  to varying degrees.

The train is also set up to perform an inspection function for management jaunts, hence the big windows and seating areas at each end of the train, think observation car.
In the early days the middle car was just a (recoded) FAM sleeper, the recording could function without it; that may have changed.

Mikesyd, While the train was in StateRail, etc. ownership, both hardware and software were frequently upgraded and improved to be the best they could be. Since ARTC ownership, ??? However, knowing how passionate track recording people are about what they do, I'm sure the current people would be still be wanting it to be the best it can be, within budget constraints of course.
How long will they keep rolling, who knows?
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
sorry to ask but what is so special about the AK cars?
Track Inspection Cars, used by ARTC and others, probably the most widely travelled carriages in the country.

Their life is maybe limited, to be replaced by specialist vehicles.
mikesyd
XPTs are retiring soon - i wonder if we could get our own flying Banana?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Measurement_Train
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Given the distances to be tested and the isolated nature of much of the country a fully self contained train would seem to be necessary hence the AK cars.

Reminds me of a request received from an HR bimbo years ago asking what hotel I was staying at whilst at Mundrabilla. Perhaps I should have said Hotel BRD 113 but that we always ate out at DC 94.Very Happy
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Given the distances to be tested and the isolated nature of much of the country a fully self contained train would seem to be necessary hence the AK cars.

Reminds me of a request received from an HR bimbo years ago asking what hotel I was staying at whilst at Mundrabilla. Perhaps I should have said Hotel BRD 113 but that we always ate out at DC 94.Very Happy
YM-Mundrabilla
Well, take one of the sleeper cars, for sleeping, a buffet, for buffeting, and 3 of the economy cars for the testing (i bet you thought id say economying)... and there is a 5 car set that can go all over the network on its own.

Not sure if you'd need some office space in the cars or not.

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