Yesterday afternoon at about 1530, I caught CBH009 and a short rake of NG hoppers heading to the port through Forrestfield.
As it was in motion I wasnt able to read the load stickers on the hoppers, but they seemed smaller than what I though other NG hoppers were, though maybe is because I have seen more SG than NG stock.
Are CBH getting 2 different sized NG stock to match the loco weights, or is all NG stock of the same tonnage with loading restrictions depending on where they are running??
I can confirm something here as my trip to Merredin on the weekend was an interesting one.
As Merredin is the hub for narrow and standard gauge, this is the best place to see the wagons together.
I saw the first ones and thought that I had done my models too long and not as high. Then I released that I was looking at the standard gauge ones.
The narrow gauge that was in front of it was smaller! That is how I have done the models, so excellent!
Standard does 77 ton, narrow is 66 ton. They are both 14m long.http://www.flickr.com/photos/54596093@N08/9292575202/
You can see that the narrow gauge in front looks longer, but it is because it is not as high as the standard gauge one. (Hope the pic comes out!)
I also noticed that the narrow gauge has a straight top bogie, but the standard has a curved top one. This brings the height a little taller too.
Got lots of running numbers so I can now expand my fleet!