NSW NDHF CONCRETE SLEEPER WAGON

Features:

  • READY TO RUN
  • HIGHLY DETAILED BODIES, UNDERFRAMES & ENDS
    • 3 DIFFERENT DECORATIONS
  • INJECTED MOULDED BODYWORK
  • SEPERATELY APPLIED METAL PARTS
  • SOLID 33″ WHEELS & BOGIES
  • FACTORY PAINTED & DECORATED
  • GENUINE KADEE COUPLERS
  • BLACKENED METAL WHEELS – RP25-100 WHEELS

PROTOTYPE INFORMATION

*First introduced in 1984 in response to the growing usage of concrete sleepers and a need to transport them to worksites, the NDHF vehicles were built using the underframes of a surplus of 45′(LLV type) louvred vans. The van bodies were removed and a pair of large I beams was fitted longitudinally to the wagon floor, along with a pair of smaller vertical I beams on the ends and centre of the wagons, as well as bracing between them to support the concrete sleepers. They also had flat bar welded along their sides, to allow a crane to run along them to pick up pallets of sleepers at worksites and carry them to the end of the wagon rake for placing on, or beside, the railbed. To allow the crane to move between wagons, hinged rails are fitted to the end of each wagon that are locked out of the way against the wagon end when not in use at the worksite. These are located on the opposite side to the coupler releasing bar.

Originally painted yellow, these wagons were later painted in an orange, with ‘zebra’ stripes, colour scheming during the 1990’s, after the formation of Rail Infrastructure Corporation. Generally they are loaded by overhead crane at the Rocla conrete sleeper plant, which has its own siding at Braemar on the now isolated southern section of the original main South line (the Picton-Mittagong loop line) near Mittagong in NSW. They are also loaded at the sleeper plant at Bowman, near Wagga Wagga in southern NSW. They can be seen in various configurations, sometimes a short rake of several wagons through to a long rake of about 30 wagons. These wagons can be seen all over NSW. They are used on Railcorp infrastructure trains within the metropolitan network, also in country areas in ARTC territory where the permanent way is being upgraded from timber to concrete sleepers, or where existing concrete sleepers are being renewed. Most operators have hauled them, State Rail Authority, FreightRail, FreightCorp, and more recently in the ‘private operator era’, several operators, such as Pacific National, Southern Shorthaul Railroad, Independent Railways of Australia and Silverton have been noted providing motive power to trains of these vehicles.

More recently, these wagons have been altered to allow for spoil containers to be carried instead of the sleeper loads. These spoil containers are used for ballast redemption and are interspersed between the sleeper loads.

*Exert from Australian Model Railway Magazine – October 2013

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