Things we will never see in Australia

 
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
Here is a nifty way of transfering locomotives. found it on http://www.railcolor.net website.

Thinking more for the transfer of NG loco's between different states.


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  1084 "Cockatiel" Station Master

Location: Dapto NSW
Here is a nifty way of transfering locomotives. found it on http://www.railcolor.net website.

Thinking more for the transfer of NG loco's between different states.


Wallip
This is a pretty neat idea. It would be brilliant if they could figure out a way for the wheels to turn the ones they are sitting on.
  Railwayfan Train Controller

Location: By a Railway
Another item I'm nots not sure exists in Australia but do they transport wind turbines (in sections) by rail? I have seen photos of overseas trains doing this. The other thing, would they transport the nacelle of a turbine?
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Those I think are recovery units to bring a  broken train back. I'd say a slow trip indeed.

Reminds me of the gojacks they use in  V8supoercars the wheel away the cars !

Regards,
David Head

  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Not entirely unseen in Australia.

South Australia used to have a whole series of wagons that could take a narrow gauge train on the broad/standard gauge to more populous areas.
Victoria did have wagons to carry narrow gauge (puffing billy) wagons and locos to the workshops for repairs.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
CR regularly carried NG rollingstock loaded and empty (both individually and in rakes) on SG flat wagons fitted with NG rails.
  Wallip Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth
I know there was the transfer Wagon, which I think was recently scrapped in Kalgoorlie, but this seems a bit more practical and keeps inside the loading guage.

The loco was actually on a delivery run from Germany to Finland.


As for the wind turbine blades, there was a YouTube clip out of Canada of 100foot blades being transported on 80foot flat cars, with an empty one in between each loaded one to cover the overhang.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Here is a nifty way of transfering locomotives. found it on http://www.railcolor.net website.

Thinking more for the transfer of NG loco's between different states.
Wallip
The text on the site you link to reveals the loco is 1524mm (5 foot) gauge being transferred on standard gauge 1485mm. Being transferred to Finland.
Interesting transfer couplings used (close up pic would be nice!)

http://www.railcolor.net/images/basic/siem_193971_55.jpg

http://www.railcolor.net/images/basic/siem_193971_53.jpg

As to Wind turbines, Towers are sent via road here in Oz as rail doesn't seem to go to the sites of wind farms, so they would have to be transferred to road at some point o the journey which makes rail uneconomic.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Fascinating photo Wallip! I've heard about standard gauge items being transferred across narrow gauge tracks.

In Sydney I know that steam tram motors with railway wheels were transferred this way across the tramway network to Randwick Workshops by using special bogies.

Interesting thread.
  Showtime Chief Train Controller

Looks like a nice rig but they would have to be speed restricted as those small wheels and bearings would be doing some high rpm's on their own
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Looks like a nice rig but they would have to be speed restricted as those small wheels and bearings would be doing some high rpm's on their own
Showtime
Exactly what I thought, and it is a fair distance from Germany to Finland. But it puzzles me as there is no break of gauge AFAIK.
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
Looks like a nice rig but they would have to be speed restricted as those small wheels and bearings would be doing some high rpm's on their own
Showtime

Digging through Railcolour's FB post linking to the page, they are brand new design. Possibly 60-80km/h speed limit on them.
  ssaunders Train Controller

Flickr is good for finding such things.

A NSW version.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/15264656@N02/7850647660/in/set-72157624701433914
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Exactly what I thought, and it is a fair distance from Germany to Finland. But it puzzles me as there is no break of gauge AFAIK.
TheBlacksmith

The article accompanying the photos states "a new Siemens stock locomotive left Munich, bound for the harbor of Rostock"
Some 780 odd kilometres. So it would be a fare bet it would go by sea from Rostock. Rostock is on the North Coast of Germany on the Baltic Sea.
The loco is the first of a contract of 80 locos
  qredge Deputy Commissioner

Location: Marsden Qld
Qld has devices exactly similar that are used to rescue locos with seized gears or traction motors
The frame is placed under the bogie and towed -at very slow speeds-to clear line and get to workshops though depending on traffic sometimes removed at suitable point on line and road hauled
We have had them probably for about two decades
I believe the designer of them was a Clay Hack from the CQ division of QR

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