Watco Queensland

 
  jmt Deputy Commissioner

The Ro-Ro "Tarago" discharged 2 GT22CU-3 clones from NRE at Fisherman Islands on Wednesday.

Locos left Savannah, Georgia, on the "Titania" and were transhipped through Auckland.
https://www.2wglobal.com/news-and-insights/articles/customer-cases/all-aboard-the-grain-train-re-built-locomotives-journey-to-australia/?fbclid=IwAR2nUk1U3L86HugcGFK1hg1xzON4poKI6JNNsomygL2UrCcxHRHj--bqD7I

There are also rumours from Transnet's Bellville Shed (Cape Town), that their remaining 7 recently departed 35800 Class (ex Qld 2170) are heading back to Oz. Is anyone able to confirm these are for Watco?

There are still 2 ex Transnet 35800 sitting on a siding at Fisherman Islands from the July shipment of 5.

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

QR's 1754 delivered too more ex-Transnet 2170s to Warwick yesterday, hauling 2183D and 2180D from Fisherman Island to Watco's Warwick depot. With four WRAs and five 2170s at Warwick, the place must looking like a proper loco depot by now Smile
  neillfarmer Chief Train Controller

All they need now is some grain to move. My guess is that there is very little, if anything, in the South West, do you know how the Central District crops are? Good chance that the first Watco traffic will be between Clermont area and Mackay?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

All they need now is some grain to move. My guess is that there is very little, if anything, in the South West, do you know how the Central District crops are? Good chance that the first Watco traffic will be between Clermont area and Mackay?
neillfarmer

The Central Highlands is expected to produce 400,000-tonnes by the end of this year - harvesting began in October. Watco, currently has a wagon set stowed at GrainCorp's Mackay Harbour facilities, so it seems pretty likely the first grain trains will operate from there.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Some photos taken at Watco's Warwick facility on Friday.


WRA001 & WRA002


WRA003


WRA004


Watco/Graincorp wagons
  Trans-Siberian Station Master

Location: Krasnoyarsk, Siberia
Can't believe Watco have "purposely knee-capped" their WRA class locos by "Demanding the utilisation of a proven medium-speed diesel prime mover"....whereas the truth was more likely to be...."Using re-manufactured major components, NRE will be able to stay within the capital expenditure limitations of the contract while delivering a proven, reliable product." quoted by Mr Kirby Roseveare, vice president of international sales at NRE. Hence, the WRA class locos being equipped with an EMD 12-645E3B diesel engine rated at 1.6MW (2,145 hp)....LESS than the 30-year old V/Line A & N Class, an AR10/D14 main alternator and GE761 type traction motors.

They could have used the EMD V-8 710G3 (2,150 hp)....same horsepower....BUT Crucially 4 cylinders LESS = Better Fuel Economy ...coupled with AC motors plus advanced traction control they would have been able to lift higher loads...for a 94 Ton Loco...!!
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco's North American fleet is almost entirely second generation 645-engined EMDs, the company has gone with what it knows and already makes money from. The WRA's are almost identical to and will match Aurizon's 12-645 engined 2300 class, which have dominated the grain lines until now.  

There's no doubt an 8-710 locomotive would be a better long term option, but when you're signing a ten-year contract that might go to someone else in 2029 thinking and buying like a Short Line operator is how Watco stays in business I guess.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Most of the 2170 class has had a range of suffixes since modifications began in the late 1980s; first "A" - lightended to 93.0-tonnes by halving the size of the fuel tank; then "D" when the cab was modified for Driver Only Operation; then "F" when a small auxilary fuel tank was added to increase range and axle load to 15.75-tonnes; then back to "D" again for locos that after various modifications exceeded the 15.75-tonne axle load.

Watco has now introduced the "W", with 2183W and 2180W going for test run yesterday between Warwick and Toowoomba.

Watco's five ex-Transnet/ex-Aurizon 2170s all carried the "D" suffix on return from South Africa, indicating that with a full fuel load they could exceed the 15.75-tonne axle loads of QR's South Western system - this has largely confined their revenue runs to North and Central Queensland on higher axle load lines. To ensure they remain under this axle load, the "W" locos have had their auxilary fuel tank removed, expanding their field of operations to the entire grain network and most of the cattle network.

Similarly, QR's 2195 (formerly 2195F with Aurizon) was converted to 2195A with the same modification a few months ago.
  M636C Minister for Railways

Hence, the WRA class locos being equipped with an EMD 12-645E3B diesel engine rated at 1.6MW (2,145 hp)....LESS than the 30-year old V/Line A & N Class, an AR10/D14 main alternator and GE761 type traction motors.

They could have used the EMD V-8 710G3 (2,150 hp)....same horsepower....BUT Crucially 4 cylinders LESS = Better Fuel Economy ...coupled with AC motors plus advanced traction control they would have been able to lift higher loads...for a 94 Ton Loco...!!


I missed this post originally....
The WRA locomotives are the same power as the A and N classes, 2475 brake HP, 2250 HP input to the alternator.
The 8-710G3 is 2200 brake HP, 2000 HP into the the alternator. So the WRA and 2300 are both more powerful than the 2700.


Peter

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