Watco wins GrainCorp's Queensland contract

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

A long rake of Watco's new DGWY grain hoppers (at least 40) are now stored in the third road at Garbutt.

Fast facts - Length 14.025m, Tare 16.6-tonnes, Capacity 46.4-tonnes, and permitted to run at 100km/h.

Wagons are semi-permanently coupled in master/slave pairs and have been fitted with ECP brakes. Wired Distributed Power may also be possible.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Some video of the harvest coming off

  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Some video of the harvest coming off

bevans
Not a harvest as such, as per the text they are cutting the barley for silage. No train required.
As an aside, that Twitter post was from Brendan Taylor, before I retired I worked with his wife who is a railfan.

If we don't have some serious rain soon there won't be anything for Watco to haul.
  mountinman Beginner

Sulla, the wagons are owned by GrainCorp not Watco and PN are the only ones with ECP locos. Wired DP is a standard feature with ECP, its like using PowerPoint adapters to extend Ethernet. Thanks for the information on the wagons though, was there any labels saying ECP only?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

There's three air hoses between the master and slave pairs and a power cable. No easily apparent labeling for ECP only.
  mountinman Beginner

There's three air hoses between the master and slave pairs and a power cable. No easily apparent labeling for ECP only.
Sulla1
Thanks Sulla1, those hoses will be BP, main reservoir and brake cylinder supply hose needed on solid drawgear pairs, requiring only 1 brake control valve instead of one per wagon. The MR is to supply the lids and doors with air as well as a BP overlay for quicker recharge of BP, not required when running ECP as the brake pipe supplies a constant charge of air for faster application.
Can't wait to see them put to use, any photos of them close up yet?
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

The first two Watco WRA class locomotives have arrived at Fisherman Island and are now on rail.

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