Tri-Level Car Carriers

 
  electrax Assistant Commissioner

I've located a 2006 reference dealing with S J Cheeseman's conversion of double deck to triple deck car carriers for Pacific National.  Does anyone know the code for these wagons (for which there are quite a few clips on You Tube)?

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  electrax Assistant Commissioner

I've located a 2006 reference dealing with S J Cheeseman's conversion of double deck to triple deck car carriers for Pacific National.  Does anyone know the code for these wagons (for which there are quite a few clips on You Tube)?
electrax
You wouldn't believe it, but I've looked all day for that code - RMEY.  I found it about ten seconds after I posted the query!!
  M636C Minister for Railways

You wouldn't believe it, but I've looked all day for that code - RMEY.  I found it about ten seconds after I posted the query!!
electrax
It wasn't always easy to find the code on the wagon....
The first one had canvas covers with the code painted on the canvas, and the paint promptly fell off leaving a sort of ghost of the number and code, RMEY 2417 if I recall correctly.

These were not new but were articulated rebuilds of existing wagons, although I'm not sure if they were already triple deck or the top deck was added in the rebuild. I think the pair took one of the existing numbers of the two wagons articulated together.

There were considerable variations in appearance, not only as built but as modified in service.

As I said, the first one was roofed and enclosed with a green canvas material.

At least one more was completely enclosed in pre coloured steel ribbed panelling in blue and white with alternate panels in each colour. As often was realised after this sort of conversion occurred, the top deck cladding was replaced by mesh to allow ventilation of petrol fumes from the motor vehicles.

I saw a pair run through Midland on a PN freight to Kewdale in 2004 (or was it 2006?) while I was photographing the Spirit of the West emerging from its shed. One was as I described, with what appeared to be one of the "fully clad" versions modified with mesh on the top deck and another that had a much flatter roof than the former fully clad wagon, which suggested to me that it had been (re-)built new with the mesh top deck.

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  Alco251_244 Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere
The car carriers were made up of two RMAX's joined together - these were double deck car carriers. The work of making them an articulated pair was done at Islington Works before being sent to Pt. Pirie for the top deck to be added. The original RMEY 2417 carried the canvas cover which was later removed and replaced with corrugated sheeting as per all the later versions. The top sheeting was removed and replaced with mesh along with weights placed underneath the wagons to lessen the risk of them being blown over by the wind (a pair was in Spencer Jct yard). They were also fitted with end doors which were removed shortly after due to various issues. Two RMEY's out of the fleet of around 10 were destroyed in the derailment at Goddards a couple of years ago along with some RMNY's. I have some photos of these wagons in various phases that I will have to dig up.
  electrax Assistant Commissioner

The car carriers were made up of two RMAX's joined together - these were double deck car carriers. The work of making them an articulated pair was done at Islington Works before being sent to Pt. Pirie for the top deck to be added. The original RMEY 2417 carried the canvas cover which was later removed and replaced with corrugated sheeting as per all the later versions. The top sheeting was removed and replaced with mesh along with weights placed underneath the wagons to lessen the risk of them being blown over by the wind (a pair was in Spencer Jct yard). They were also fitted with end doors which were removed shortly after due to various issues. Two RMEY's out of the fleet of around 10 were destroyed in the derailment at Goddards a couple of years ago along with some RMNY's. I have some photos of these wagons in various phases that I will have to dig up.
Alco251_244
I presume that the RMNY wagons were the ex-NMNY ones?
  Alco251_244 Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere
The RMNY's are indeed ex NMNY's. A link to a series of photos on the RMEY's as promised.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alco251_244/sets/72157635393795648/
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Here is a video taken on my spare camera on 21/10/2017 at Coonamia on the way to Port Augusta for the Trans Australian Railway celebrations 100 years.



https://youtu.be/cVe0dQmPIko

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