Sunday, 10 February 2019

Branch Goods


We often think of Branch Line trains as short trains. In the steam era with light 42 lbs rails the load could be under 200 tons, thus not a very long train. Another factor to consider is the number of stations on the line or how long the branch line is.  Some branch lines were short with just a few stations or siding, other were much longer. Brisbane Valley Branch – Ipswich to Yarraman 163.250 Kilometres, seven (7) crossing stations and some 22 sidings. Many station yards had more than just one siding.  Dalby – Glenmorgan 165.43 kilometres. 4 crossing stations and 29 sidings. Ten (10) of these siding would come part of the Dalby shunt engine work. Gympie – Kingaroy Branch 130.810 kilometres, six crossing stations, plus the Proston Branch. Monto Branch, 267.849 kilometres from Mungar, some 12 crossing stations with one being just 44 units long.
Following the introduction of 60 Ton Diesel Electric Locomotives this all changed, the 1720 class locomotive being the top dog with 1000 hp. Beaudesert cattle trains went from 12 wagons to 32 wagons with a single engine. Understatedly less trains were required, trains became longer.    

 Of late I have been changing over couplings on my older wagons. 711 Kadee are being replaced with 158 whisker coupling. At the time the 711 (H0n3) coupling was a good idea.  Queensland Railways had four drawgear classifications. Auto (D1), Premium (D2) hooks on the steel rollingstock built in the 60’s, Select (D3) hooks on steel wagons built in the 50’s and newer wooden wagons and ordinary (D4) hooks on the older wagons and four wheeled wagons. Mounting the standard # 5 Kadee was an issue with 12mm gauged rollingstock, often the coupler box would foul the wheels, back to back was just over 10mm. My newer steel wagons had # 5 fitted without the box. QR auto coupling are much the same size as the standard gauge wagons on the NSWR. The method in my madness was the older wagons with D 4 drawgear were fitted with 711 couplings, all other wagons had standard # 5 couplings.  This was OK for trains running around in circles, but once I started operations with shunting moves in and out of various siding, the 711 would often come apart. Mixing coupler types in model railway is not the greatest move. I feel the Kadee # 158 scale head whisker coupling is the greatest thing since sliced bread, more on that at a later date, back to the branch goods on the layout.

After the coupling changeover on my older rollingstock I put them together to form a train to test out the new couplings which I called the Branch Goods. Trains heading west carry different loads to trains running east towards the coast. If you cross two trains at a station, the loading of both trains should be very different.  As they say, what goes “UP” comes back “DOWN”. Trains heading west away from the coast (Brisbane, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns) are “UP” trains, trains coming back towards to the coast are “DOWN” trains. The same applies to trains on branch lines, as they continue on off the main trunk line.

What is carried on the trains reflect what is on the line, what activities / industries on the line. Trains heading away from the coast to the west were the life blood for these towns. Going back to the 1960’s, the train was the best way into and out of most western towns, many roads were still dirt and rough with a trip often ending in break downs, stones through the windscreen or hitting a kangaroos causing damage etc. The train supplied the essentials for life, food, fuel, timber, new cars, trucks, tractor, machinery, the goods required to keep towns/industries going. Plus there could be special purpose wagons empty for return loading, i.e., cattle, grain wagons etc. Trains coming back carried goods  produced along the line, wool, grain, sheep, cattle, logs etc., some wagons came back empty.  Even in today environment it is possible to identify where trains are going or coming from.  The same wagons going out come back with different loading. Don’t look to hard at my previous video ???   
 

Hauling Loco. Wuskie Models 1720 DEL, weathered, friendly driver added to cab (fireman asleep on the floor), lead added to fuel tank, frame and body lifting the weight to 210 gram.
 
UW water wagon. Scratch build, Caintode Flats bogie,   
    FGW water wagon. Chivers fine scale underframe, scratch built body.                                                   
Working Time Table allocated set days for trains to supply water to gangs and isolated homes. A white flag/disc was placed on the trackside tank if water was required. The fireman and guard did the watering duties. A timber plank located in the wagon frame was used as a bridge for the canvas hose. From time to time the hose would slip off the plank often ending in one getting very wet. If you were smart you would hop up on the wagon and operate the value to control the water supply.

 MG sheep wagon.  Caintode Flats etch brass kit       (Sheep are white Metal)
 26’ U wagon. Drum load Tichy Train Group HO Drums
26’ S wagon. Scratch built Caintode Flats bogies. Timber load, balsa sheet cut into strips. 
 HJS wagon. Scratch built FHN Brass bogies. Tichy Train Group Drums.
The tarp is covering a few cartons of oil in tins. (I was a few drums short of a full load, styrene sheet load to same size as the drum should of been, added a few cartons, tarp hides the fake drums).  
  FJS wagon. Chiver's Fine Scale Kit
FJ wagon. Scratch built.
 
FGM wagon. Chiver's Fine Scale Kit. Viking Land Rover
FGM wagon. Chiver's Fine Scale Kit. Viking VW's 

ALY wagon. Southern Rail RTR Model. 
FJS wagon. Chiver's Fine Scale Kit. Cranky Freight Load.
FG wagon. Chiver's Fine Scale Kit. Tichy Train Group Drums
FJS wagon. Bass wood cut into sleeper size.
                          AG, double door ALG, single door ALG wagon. Chiver's Fine Scale Kits.                             Double door ALG roof modified to reflect the prototype

FJS wagon. Chiver's Fine Scale Kits.   Bass wood for timber. Cotton buds for pipe load.
    CMIS wagon.   3' 6" Kit, Steam Era Bogies/Wheels
ABG butter wagon. Caintode Flats Kit
DF & F wagons. Wuiske Models Kit. Timber load.  
FGM & & FJS wagons. Chiver's Fine Scale Kits. Tractor Loads, Viking & Kerroby models.
  

EIC elephant wagon. Scratch built. Peco TT "W" irons.
 
PE wagon. 3'6" kit. Steam Era Bogies/wheels. GHQ Hay Baley Kit

VJMG wagon. Peco TT Underframes, Scratch build bodies. Body vacuum form styrene. Master built by the late Jim Fainges . Built around 1975, part of update progrqm.

 
FG & AG wagons. Chiver's Fine Scale Kit. Plant Operator Camp.
AG has working Grover's bogies.
 
A wagon. Caintode Flats Kit

CJFP wagon. Caintode Flats Kit
 
BLV Guard's Van Far North Hobbies/PGC Kit  FNH Brass Bogies  

The train can be observed on the layout https://youtu.be/yb_xMQHrgic

Full details of the train below along with some 1720 load information. The weight of each wagon is shown on the RH side.
QR Train Lists are made up from the van.
 
Wagon 
Weight
Length 
Load
 
Mass 
1
BLV
12
1.8
 
FNH/PGC Kit     FNH Brass Bogies
32
2
CJFP
15
2.1
Roadside 
Caintode Flats Kit  
60
3
ALG
12
1.4
Roadside
Chivers Kit 
24
4
A 
8
1.1
Roadside
Caintode Flats Kit  
44
5
FG
10
1.4
Camp
Chivers Kit / PGC 
26
6
AG
12
1.4
Camp
Chivers Kit   (working Grovers bogies) 
25
7
VJMG
6
1.1
Ety 
Peco TT underfame, scratch built body 
21
8
VJMG
6
1.1
Ety 
Peco TT underfame, scratch built body 
24
9
VJMG
6
1.1
Ety 
Peco TT underfame, scratch built body 
23
10
VJMG
6
1.1
Ety 
Peco TT underfame, scratch built body 
21
11
VJMG
6
1.1
Ety 
Peco TT underfame, scratch built body 
29
12
VJMG
6
1.1
Ety 
Peco TT underfame, scratch built body 
22
13
VJMG
6
1.1
Ety 
Peco TT underfame, scratch built body 
18
14
VJMG
6
1.1
Ety 
Peco TT underfame, scratch built body 
22
15
VJMG
6
1.1
Ety 
Peco TT underfame, scratch built body 
23
16
VJMG
6
1.1
Ety 
Peco TT underfame, scratch built body 
25
17
PE
15
2.1
Bayler
3' 6" Models   Steam Era bogies
60
18
EIC
6
1.1
Ety
Peco TT W irons  scratch built body 
20
19
FGM
9
1.4
Tractor 
Chivers Kit / PGC   Kerroby Ferguson Kit
35
20
FJS
8
1.3
Tractor 
Chivers Kit / PGC   Kerroby David Brown Kit
20
21
FJS
8
1.3
Tractor 
Chivers Kit / PGC    Viking Tractor 
18
22
DF
9
1.1
Sleepers
Wuiske Models Kit
24
23
F
9
1.1
Sleepers
Wuiske Models Kit 
24
24
ALG
16
1.4
General 
Chivers Kit 
44
25
ABG
18
1.2
Perishables 
Caintode Flats Kit  
32
26
CMIS
20
2.1
Milk
3' 6" Models      Steam Era bogies
55
27
AG
11
1.4
Firniture
Chivers Kit 
36
28
FJS
14
1.3
Timber
Chivers Kit / PGC 
32
29
FJS
14
1.3
Pipes
Chivers Kit / PGC 
36
30
AG
16
1.4
General 
Chivers Kit 
39
31
ALG
12
1.4
General 
Chivers Kit 
42
32
ALG
11
1.4
Co-Op
Chivers Kit 
35
33
FJS
15
1.3
Sleepers
Chivers Kit / PGC 
41
34
FG
10
1.4
Drums
Chivers Kit / PGC 
54
35
FJS
14
1.3
General 
Chivers Kit / PGC 
37
36
ALY
9
1.3
Ety
Southern Rail Models   (Door open ??)
36
37
FJS
6
1.3
VW
Chivers Kit / PGC 
24
38
FJS
7
1.3
VW Comb
Chivers Kit / PGC 
23
39
FGM
8
1.4
Land Rover
Chivers Kit / PGC 
22
40
FJ
14
1.3
Hay
Scratch Built. Peco TT W irons.  
20
41
FJS
8
1.3
Tanks
Chivers Kit 
49
42
HJSF
26
2.1
Fuel
Scratch Built  FNH Brass bogies
66
43
S
18
1.8
Timber
Scratch Built    (Caintode Flats Bogies)
43
44
U
10
1.8
Drums 
Scratch Built    (Caintode Flats Bogies)
51
45
MG 
16
1.4
Sheep
Caintode Flats Kit    (White metal Sheep ??)
72
46
FGW
20
1.4
Water
Chivers Kit underframe  
36
47
UW
20
1.8
Water. 
Scratch Built   (Caintode Flats Bogies) 
38
 
1720
 
 
 
Wuiske Models 
 
 
 
526
64.7
 
 Total Load
1603
 
 
Grams
Branch Line loads for 1720 DEL. 
UP Direction with Ordinary (D4) Drawgear. 
(Brisbane heading West.) 
Brisabne Valley Branch  Wandoan Branch 
Ipswich to Fernvale  440 Miles to Kowguran 680
Fernvale to Lowood 540 Kowguran to Wandoan 580
Lowood to Comminya  630
Coominya to Esk  460
Western Line  Warwick to Dirranbandi 
Toowoomba to Chinchilla  1180 Warwick to Allan 540
Stopping Mixed Trains 1010
Chinchilla to Rywung 580
Glenmorgan Branch 
Dalby to Kumbarilla 960 Roma to Charleville  600
Kumbarilla to Tara  630
Toowoomba to Warwick  Maximum Length 95 units 
Toowoomba to Harriston 540
 
 


 



 

 
 

 
 


 

 


 



 




 




 




 




 
 




 



 





 






 





 





 





 






 









































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