I still have lots of things to do on my modelling bench, but for something different I thought to talk about some of my inspirations for modelling. I like to model the trains that I used to see going past my family home. I grew up with the railway line across the road from my house at Taree. Anyway I am going the run a number of blogs talking about a number of trains that I watched and then start to photograph in my late teens in the early 90's.
One train was 6116 express freight. This train originated out of Brisbane in the early mornings and arrived at Taree Mid Afternoon. It run every day except Mondays. It was not a pickup freight by any means but on Sundays it did pick up Milk at Wauchope as the regular Pickup 6184 didn't run on Sundays. The make up of this train was a mix of Louvre Vans and Container flats and was a 100kmp runner. It's loading was mostly Fruit from Queensland.
The Containers were mostly light green COD(Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing) and some 26 foot Race Reefer Containers. The container wagons could from any state providing standard gauge stock as long as they could run 100kmp. From what I understand most of these containers were transhipped from QR trains from points in North Queensland. This service still exist today provided by Pacific National using their BM2 train.
The Louvre Vans on this train would of been loaded in various point in Brisbane consisting of Palletised goods and fruit. The Wagons were again from the interstate pool of wagons. Mostly NLKY/VLCX/VLDX/VLEX/WBAX & ABFX wagons were used. They would all have high speed bogies fitted. So bogies with 33 inch wheel wouldn't be seen on this train.
The Loco's on this train as running an express table would only be allowed from memory 600 tonnes per loco. So as this train was usually around the 700/800 tonne mark it was usually rostered for 2 loco in the early 90's. Mostly the combos were 44/44 442/45 44/45. Anyway here is a couple of my slide scans from back then and also a couple of Dave Porter Shots.