Watco wins GrainCorp's Queensland contract

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

A long rake of Watco's new DGWY grain hoppers (at least 40) are now stored in the third road at Garbutt.

Fast facts - Length 14.025m, Tare 16.6-tonnes, Capacity 46.4-tonnes, and permitted to run at 100km/h.

Wagons are semi-permanently coupled in master/slave pairs and have been fitted with ECP brakes. Wired Distributed Power may also be possible.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Some video of the harvest coming off

  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Some video of the harvest coming off

bevans
Not a harvest as such, as per the text they are cutting the barley for silage. No train required.
As an aside, that Twitter post was from Brendan Taylor, before I retired I worked with his wife who is a railfan.

If we don't have some serious rain soon there won't be anything for Watco to haul.
  mountinman Beginner

Sulla, the wagons are owned by GrainCorp not Watco and PN are the only ones with ECP locos. Wired DP is a standard feature with ECP, its like using PowerPoint adapters to extend Ethernet. Thanks for the information on the wagons though, was there any labels saying ECP only?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

There's three air hoses between the master and slave pairs and a power cable. No easily apparent labeling for ECP only.
  mountinman Beginner

There's three air hoses between the master and slave pairs and a power cable. No easily apparent labeling for ECP only.
Sulla1
Thanks Sulla1, those hoses will be BP, main reservoir and brake cylinder supply hose needed on solid drawgear pairs, requiring only 1 brake control valve instead of one per wagon. The MR is to supply the lids and doors with air as well as a BP overlay for quicker recharge of BP, not required when running ECP as the brake pipe supplies a constant charge of air for faster application.
Can't wait to see them put to use, any photos of them close up yet?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The first two Watco WRA class locomotives have arrived at Fisherman Island and are now on rail.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco's two new NRE locomotives, WRA001 and WRA002, are currently being hauled west from Brisbane by a QR 1720, heading for Toowoomba and then Warwick.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Photos on Facebook by Timothy Rollason
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=751951175252899
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

PN's 8314 has spent the day shunting Watco's new DGWY grain hoppers into the Wulguru Group's Townsville South Yard Workshops...presumably the wagons are getting a once over before the Watco GrainCorp contract kicks off on November 1st.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

PN's 8314 worked a rake of Watco DGWY grain hoppers south from Townsville today.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

QR's 1754 hauled newly delivered NRE-builds WRA003 and WRA004 from Brisbane to Warwick today.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

QR's 2195 has been sighting hauling Watco's 2188D (Watco Black and Yellow) and 2184D (Transnet Red) northbound on the North Coast Line through the northern suburbs of Brisbane this afternoon. Destination unknown at this stage, however Watco grain hoppers are currently stored at Mackay, Merinda and in several places around Townsville.
  GS4 Train Controller

QR's 2195 has been sighting hauling Watco's 2188D (Watco Black and Yellow) and 2184D (Transnet Red) northbound on the North Coast Line through the northern suburbs of Brisbane this afternoon. Destination unknown at this stage, however Watco grain hoppers are currently stored at Mackay, Merinda and in several places around Townsville.
Sulla1
Dad saw them go through Burpengary station around 3 ish , travelling as fast as an express suburban !
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

QR's 2195 and Watco's 2188D worked between Mackay and Merinda yesterday to pick up new DGWY grain hoppers stored on the old Collinsville line since the end of October. The first Watco grain train is expected to run shortly from Mackay.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Sighted Fri 22/11/2019

1300hrs WRA001, WRA002, WRA003 & WRA004 with 2 new grain wagons, Watco yard, Warwick
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

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


WRA001 & WRA002


WRA003


WRA004


Watco/Graincorp wagons
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco's first grain/test train departed Mackay Harbour this afternoon with 2188D (Watco Black/Yellow) leading QR's 2195 (on lease) and 42 DGWY hoppers for Mt McLaren on the Aurizon's Blair Athol Branch.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco has operated its second grain service from Mackay Harbour to Mt McLaren on the Blair Athol Branch today, using 2188D and 2195 again.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco's 2188D has run north from Mackay to Townsville for the first time this morning, arriving at Garbutt just before midday to collect new hoppers stored there.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Watco's 2188D has run north from Mackay to Townsville for the first time this morning, arriving at Garbutt just before midday to collect new hoppers stored there.
Sulla1
I see some of those new wagons have already been tagged!
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Watco's 2188D has run north from Mackay to Townsville for the first time this morning, arriving at Garbutt just before midday to collect new hoppers stored there.
I see some of those new wagons have already been tagged!
Graham4405

That set has been stored in the Garbutt yard since late August, given their immediate surroundings, it's lucky those wagons still have all of their wheels.
  phil_48 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Wynnum North
I agree Sulla1 as I lived in Garbutt for 25 years before moving down here in 2011.
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Having finished hauling chickpeas from Mt McLaren to Mackay for the season, Watco's 2184D was sent from Mackay to Cobarra - the closed QNI Nickel Refinery north of Townsville - this morning to collect the last of Aurizon's KOJX cattle wagons - owned by the Department of Transport and Main Roads since 2016. The 45 wagons have been moved south to Townsville. Aurizon continues to store a number of nickel ore and concentrate rakes at Cobarra on trackage it owns.

It's not known if Watco now owns these wagons, or plans to use the KOJX as is for cattle, or use the ex-QLX underframes as 40ft container wagons. These wagons can be quickly modified to container wagons by removing the cattle crates, which are attached with standard container fittings.

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