Bowen Rail Company locomotives arrive

 
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Bowen Rail Company's new 4600 class locomotives began unloading last night at the Townsville Port. The Progress Rail/EMD  GT46CU-ACe Gen III models from Muncie, Indiana, are currently on low-loaders waiting to go south.

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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner
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Location: Melbourne, Australia
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  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Images on Bowen Rail Company's Facebook page...


https://www.facebook.com/bowenrailcompany
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Bowen Rail's fleet of North American built locomotives continues to grow, with a Georgia-built (USA) Trackmobile Hercules T4 now in use at Bowen Rail's servicing yard on the Abbot Point Branch. Nicknamed "Mater", Facebook images provided by Bowen Rail appear to show the 18.5-tonne Trackmobile has been moving a pair of Martinus ballast hoppers around the yard for ballasting.

Previously Bowen Rail has been putting its 10 Progress-built 4600 class GT46CU-Ace Gen 3 into service using the former Martinus facilities near the Gregory Highway overpass on the Carmichael Rail Network.

https://www.facebook.com/bowenrailcompany/photos/a.113510780986258/263438385993496/
  Sulla1 Chief Commissioner

Bowen Rail's latest video on the GT46CU-ACe Gen III locos...

https://fb.watch/cm3QhhX897/
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
What the hell is it with the Seppo's and their habit of putting a sanding button or worse a toggle switch in the cab instead of a foot pedal? Evil or Very Mad
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
I assume that they are less used to wheelslip than we are .
My experience with USDM units was sort of like nobody taught these things how to slip , in the dry anyway .
Back here in the east there is a lot more tap dancing with left foot .....
  Milepost Beginner

What the hell is it with the Seppo's and their habit of putting a sanding button or worse a toggle switch in the cab instead of a foot pedal? Evil or Very Mad
KRviator
No point blaming the Yanks... the RISSB and AS standards govern new locomotive design such that the driver has to be able to see ground signals as well as overhead signals, so this means the drivers head must be at a certain height in the cab. The design also has to provide compliance for 5th and 95th percentile drivers i.e. those with short legs and short arms must be able to reach all switches just as easily as all the pelicans. Short leg drivers often cannot reach a floor mounted sand switch - unless they are not in the required sight lines. Add that the seat is bouncing up and down and it could be challenging.

So it’s down to ergonomics and standards, don’t expect it on the floor on any new locos in this country.
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
No you cannot reach all the switches in the seat . This is part of the reason GT46 ACes built here are such a PITA and an ergonomic nowhere .

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