I was wondering why there were two each of Sea Train and Steel Link livery NR locos? Where these painted for a specific purpose and if so what was it?
Thanks for any info.
SeaTrain - These were container services linking ports up. I am not sure on which routes ran, but I believe some of them were out of Port Botany at one stage. The SeaTrain livery was blue and white.
Trailerail - Again, I'm not sure too much about the exact routes, but these trains ran piggyback style, with truck trailers on trains being railed across the country, similar to what is quite common in the US. I'm sure one of the more longstanding railfans here can provide more assistance on the services..
Pretty sure SeaTrain was Sydney (Port Botany) to Brisbane (Fishermans Island). There might have been another route but that was the most prominent one I seem to remember. Most of the SeaTrain traffic was lost to road at some point I think?
Trailerail services ran between Melbourne-Perth and Sydney-Perth. There's also a connecting service from Adelaide to Port Augusta for the Sydney-Perth Trailerail trains, but not sure how often it runs.
Depending on your definition of the concept, it was actually (specially suited) road trailers coupled to modified bogies. So not really piggyback in a way. Perhaps you're thinking of TOFC that AN ran during its heyday?
PS. Sorry to be pedantic in the last part of the post
The Trailerail vans and bogies had been used by AN in what they called Roadrailer service. There was a special design of van with an angled roof to fit the Blue Mountains tunnels and these were easily identified.
These vans are now all out of service, I believe. There was a different design of van and bogie operated by Macrail which continued in service longer.
I think Trailerail then started running trains made up entirely of curtain side 48 feet containers on single level five packs, presumably with palletised traffic. The Macrail vans sometimes trailed these trains.
I'm not sure that any Trailerail road rail vans are still in use. I last saw the Macrail vans a year ago.
I meant to mention that the US Roadrailer trains appeared in an ABC documentary recently.Amtrak had some also which I believe Norfolk Southern or CSX ended up with. Still going very strong in the USA but I guess small stuff compared to other inter-model methods used over there. I guess that makes it viable in the USA but maybe not here when you scale down what is on offer here (It is always the population equation of 23 million vs 350 million).
The program was describing a fundamentalist Christian group opposed to Evolutionary theory in a small town (I think Dayton Tennnessee, but definitely not Dayton Ohio).
The opening scenes showed a Union Pacific Dash 9-44 leading a similar Norfolk Southern unit on a block load of Triple Crown Roadrailers. These are older than the Australian ones and seem to hang in there but thay are all aluminium side vans, not Tautliners. I guess NR and PN didn't want to know....
As YM-Mundrabilla said, it had mostly the 75' 'Titanic' wagons initially. Many of these were repainted early on into NR blue - grey without marigold on the side sills. These soon ended up stacked without bogies at Somerton.
They were replaced with the Seatrain division owned RQTY wagons. These were rebuilt from various codes that were all originally SAR and VR FQX type. They were done at Goulburn workshops. I think there were 90. They were fitted with 70T bogies and skeletalized. They all came out of shops with a distinct upward curve that must of been applied during rebuild as I doubt that the slight lightening would of caused this! They were painted Seatrain blue (same as on NR 56 and 57) with marigold side sills. They still get around today anywhere a PN intermodal wagon goes.