5028 is the 2nd loco and the train is Unit 72. The wagons are previously unused ones that were stored at Taree.A bit further north Shacks, they were stored at Casino!
Whitehaven Coal Quarterly Report - June FY2013
"Whitehaven's first Aurizon train will commence operation on 1 August 2013 as part of a 30t axle load trial. The Aurizon train unit will be fitted with special monitoring equipment to assess the impact of heavier locomotives on the Gunnedah Basin rail track. This trial is the first stage of a joint work program with ARTC to increase the maximum payload of Gunnedah Basin trains from 6,300t to in excess of 8,000t from Q1 2015".
I saw the new Aurizon C44 outside at UGL last Sunday. Maybe it will be doing the trial.
So how did the trial go? Sounds like 180T loco's are too heavy and will cost ARTC too much in the long run considering the distance, Aurizon need 150T loco's, can they do a bogie change when the wheels wear down.
The first 3 CRLs are looking quite complete at UGL today. In fact this is the first time I have seen 3 units of an order with paintwork so complete, but still no operator decals or builders plate stickers. Strange.99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% sure that's QRN's (sorry, Aurizon) Paint. Maybe they have leased the first CRL's, much like the LDP's
99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% sure that's QRN's (sorry, Aurizon) Paint. Maybe they have leased the first CRL's, much like the LDP'sThat would be my guess as well, though I keep hearing that CRL 'never placed an actual order with UGL' for loco's and only showed interest. Unless it was a venture partially financed by Aurizon and CRL? It'll be interesting to see what eventually happens with these CRL's.
While not at UGL, CF4407 and CF4408 are still fairly new, not having entered regular service.
These two have been repainted from the untouched CFCLA scheme to Freightliner green and yellow to be leased to that operator.
The scheme is the same as that on the two GLs, and looks a bit odd on a single ended hood unit.
They were repainted at AHSC Goulburn and were standing in the yard yesterday 14 Sept 2013.
I found this photo on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/37494672@N06/9572217315/in/photolist-fzS7Hz-fA7srJ-fcydGf-ebsBGx-ebKUhj-ebE6sz-eB3doQ-eFk94d-ebDgt8-ebDeyD-ebDeLZ-fGFuB8-eBAWKt-exmmt1-exutxd-foQHLR I actually think that it looks great!I'd agree that it is a good scheme but all that yellow at the rear is a bit strange. This is the first single ended locomotive in those colours.
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