On Track Models announces the TRC 38' Refrigerated Van

 
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Oooh !

Decisions decisions.

Cookie cutters or steam roller wheels ?

Actually 2.35m wide wheels to AMRA Standards.

Hopefully that will keep some people happy.

The On Track Models Team

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  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
As long as they roll along the track with no problems, I cannot see any thing wrong with them.
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
As long as they roll along the track with no problems, I cannot see any thing wrong with them.
David Peters
Ditto.....
  Teditor Deputy Commissioner

Location: Toowoomba
Oooh !

Decisions decisions.

Cookie cutters or steam roller wheels ?

Actually 2.35m wide wheels to AMRA Standards.

Hopefully that will keep some people happy.

The On Track Models Team
ontrackmodels
At least one, maybe!
  a6et Minister for Railways

At least one, maybe!
Teditor
Likely will not know the approved decision for a few more weeks as its holiday time.
  nick_sheridan Locomotive Fireman

No but Toms did their BCH with opening doors , The TRC would look more interesting sitting in its siding with open hatches , either to dry the van internally or to load with ice.
anzac1959
Were these iced by the abattoirs (or dairy or ?) when loading, or where there specialised icers next to major centres?
cheers nick
  a6et Minister for Railways

Were these iced by the abattoirs (or dairy or ?) when loading, or where there specialised icers next to major centres?
cheers nick
nick_sheridan
From memory they were iced after being washed out in the Sydney region prior to returning to the rural abattoirs.  That allowed them to be cold when loading meat for return.

The abattoirs also topped up the wagons prior to loading & despatching back. Some abattoirs would have returns of empties but not needed for a while, as such they needed to be iced prior to loading in time to cool them as well as toped up when loaded.  This happened a bit at Gunnedah.
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Thanks Colin,

For your insight,

Top stuff as usual,

The On Track Models Team
  a6et Minister for Railways

Thanks Colin,

For your insight,

Top stuff as usual,

The On Track Models Team
ontrackmodels
From memory there was a reasonably large Ice Works around Darling Island where the wagons were filled with the ice.

There was also a washout facility there, where the wagons meat wagons were cleaned & re-iced.  The Pippita washout siding was used primarily for cleaning out of wagons that came from the Homebush abattoir receiving point by a local trip service, that was primarily a shuttle work.  

I forget the number of it for the weekday operations but weekends there were two workings 991, 993 & 995 that could be found, but usually only 2 ran. One was used in the abattoirs shunting with the other transferring empties to Pippita, & getting loaded wagons from North Strathfield. 20 trip would also take washed out wagons to Darling Harbour for icing or if iced ok to the Down side at the Elect commission sidings for Northern trains, or Enfield for Southern & Western trains.

It was quite amazing to see the amount of meat wagons in the one area on Sundays, which was the main day, from late Saturday to early Monday mornings.

The shunting at Pippita was performed by 3 trip which collected milk in the pre peak time from Nth Strathfield & before 20trip started, it spent 2 shifts at Pippita shunting Dairy Farmers as well as the washout, & was kept busy as both milk & meat wagons arrived.

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