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Kingston railway yard containing large number of iron ore type wagons

By MERC600 - 28 September 2014 15

I pulled into Fyshwick Jim Murphys this morning to pick up my weekly rations, and was surprised at what was in the adjoining rail yard.

There must have been about 30 brand new looking orange painted iron ore type wagons. Considering we ship nothing out of this joint, couldn’t help but wonder what they were here for. Lost ?

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Kingston railway yard containing large number of iron ore type wagons
dungfungus 10:21 am 10 Mar 15

MERC600 said :

Mystery solved of the orange painted railway carriages parked at the local railway station. They are to be used to transport recycled metal up to Sydney.
Good to see the rail being used instead of thumping great road trains. Make the roads that much safer.

Canberra’s only export industry: scrap metal.
I think you mean the rail wagons are used to transport scrap metal up to Port Botany for shipment to and recycling in China.
The news report on ABC depicted containers being used actually.

MERC600 9:50 am 10 Mar 15

Mystery solved of the orange painted railway carriages parked at the local railway station. They are to be used to transport recycled metal up to Sydney.
Good to see the rail being used instead of thumping great road trains. Make the roads that much safer.

dungfungus 9:06 pm 04 Oct 14

JC said :

1967 said :

Land fill to the Old Woodlawn mine, give that Mugga Lane is full up?

Actually Mugga Lane isn’t full. What is full is the current cut, they just need to open a new one.

Something is “full” out there as the daily smell wafting over Fadden, MacArthur and Chisholm is getting worse.
It’s a combination of the garbage and the compost factory.
Both should be moved.

switch 7:41 pm 04 Oct 14

MrPC said :

Out of interest, what’s the most efficient way to transport coal (presumably in large hessian sacks that can be moved using a portable crane) from a coal terminal (all of which are on rail lines) to a railway museum that runs steam locomotives? Doubly so for a railway museum with an operational (albeit in testing) AD60 Garratt locomotive that chews through coal like there’s no day after tomorrow?

Dunno about efficient, but it’s certainly the most convenient way to do it nowadays. Think it started back in 1988 with so many locos running around the country for the Bicentenary. Steam locos use big lumps of coal, most of the stuff for export is crushed much smaller than they like now. And a museum doesn’t want it by the thousands of tonnes that a coal train needs to shift to be economic, a hundred tonnes or so will see them through a season of tours. So it’s usually a special delivery by truck from the mine that doesn’t mind occasionally supplying the sort of coal they need.

JC 6:30 pm 04 Oct 14

1967 said :

Land fill to the Old Woodlawn mine, give that Mugga Lane is full up?

Actually Mugga Lane isn’t full. What is full is the current cut, they just need to open a new one.

dungfungus 3:27 pm 04 Oct 14

1967 said :

Land fill to the Old Woodlawn mine, give that Mugga Lane is full up?

Unfortunately, the rail terminates at the Crisps Creek Intermodel and then garbage would then have to be loaded into containers for the short road trip to the Woodlawn bio-reactor.

MrPC 1:46 pm 04 Oct 14

Out of interest, what’s the most efficient way to transport coal (presumably in large hessian sacks that can be moved using a portable crane) from a coal terminal (all of which are on rail lines) to a railway museum that runs steam locomotives? Doubly so for a railway museum with an operational (albeit in testing) AD60 Garratt locomotive that chews through coal like there’s no day after tomorrow?

(Not that I have any specific knowledge of these wagons, I just saw this done once with a steam locomotive in Victoria. They hauled around a similar wagon between the tender and the cars, and had a small crane lift up the hessian bags, which had some sort of drawstring that released the coal from the bottom of the bag, into the bunker in the tender. This was at Echuca, the destination of the tour, half way through the day’s travel. They then detached the (80km/h speed limited) wagon, leaving it in the yard, thus the trip back to Melbourne was substantially faster (as all the other cars on the train were rated for 115km/h).

1967 1:10 pm 01 Oct 14

Land fill to the Old Woodlawn mine, give that Mugga Lane is full up?

gooterz 10:48 pm 30 Sep 14

screaming banshee said :

Could be to do with load testing the beyer garrett?

It was tested with two other engines and 4 stainless sleeper cars

screaming banshee 6:16 am 29 Sep 14

Could be to do with load testing the beyer garrett?

2604 8:59 pm 28 Sep 14

The rail cars could’ve been bringing something to Canberra, rather than taking something away.

Maybe something like gravel, for road paving or concrete?

Fluffy 8:18 pm 28 Sep 14

Those are for the jobs and related economic benefits being shipped out of Canberra thanks to the APS cutbacks.

gooterz 8:01 pm 28 Sep 14

Its 2014. Where are the photos?

Could be a military train transporting alien cubes?

switch 7:05 pm 28 Sep 14

They’ve run out of space to store things in Goulburn rail yard so they’ve been sent here.

dungfungus 12:44 pm 28 Sep 14

Economy class carriages for the new light rail?

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