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  1. With regards to how 40/45s are loaded, they're not loaded as close to each other as deep sea boats. best example I can find is a BG Freight boat (Afloat.ie pic below) which shows the gaps between stacks.
  2. Almost. It's the dimensions of where the actual ISO castings are. A palletwide or a eurobox can be over normal length and width, say a 45 for example, but the ISO casting (where a twistlock attaches) are at exactly the same place as a standard deep sea 40HC. http://www.matts-place.com/intermodal/part4/cldu9615390.jpg If you look at the yellow painted castings, they're recessed a bit so that they line up with the standard ISO dimensions Cunningly, on most of the chemical jobs I do at least, people order in batches of 80 drums. Which fits perfectly 4
  3. So, driving into work last week, I got stopped at the crossing by a GBRF 66 on a liner service. Strange, thought I, as the only container train out of Seaforth is the DBS service to Scotland. After a quick look through RTT whilst waiting for the wagon to warm up, shows the service to have been to East Mids Gateway. I know MSC have diverted a couple of boats to Liverpool from Felixstowe, is this the loaded boxes from that heading south does anyone know? Also noticed there's 2 Freightliner paths from Seaforth, one to Immingham and one to Tees Dock. Add into that the odd s
  4. "Standard" 20s are 20' x 8' wide x 8'6", however, I have recently found a couple of shipping lines that use 20 foot High Cube Pallet Wides. So 20' x 8'2" x 9' (2DG1). An exception to the rule seems to be Huktra, who use 30' part framed tank containers When they're new... They don't last that long IMHO 3 (main) options. Reload for an export, Empty into a depot or port for storage , or for sale for conversions or use as storage units. Waste paper and carboard is a regular expo
  5. In my experience, the orientation depends on how the box has been presented to the train. If the train is loaded by a container handler, it's quite awkward to rotate even a 20, so they just get stuck on the train. Some wagons have a wedge fitted at the end, so even though it looks like the doors are facing outwards, the wedge (only and a foot high) physically stops the doors from being opened.
  6. I had a similar problem with surging on my Bachy Railtruck. Managed to mostly cure it by adding a "brake" on the front bogie from a bit of brass strip. It adds just enough drag so that it has to actually drive down grades so the UJ bevel box is always under a load of some sort?
  7. Now that HS2 or whatever is taking over the old Washwood heath sidings, the ex Rover KSA have been cleared from the site. I'm pretty sure I saw some of them in Bescot yesterday? Anyone got any info on them? Are they going to be put back into use or are they simply the ones that weren't de-bogied and are just on their way to a scrapyard? Cheers
  8. What page number was that on out of curiosity?
  9. The Cargowaggons may be on their way back from overhaul? I passed on that was travelling NB on the M57 this afternoon and there were 4 stabled on the cripples siding this evening as I finished (only 3 this morning). As I was leaving the docks tonight, I got stuck at the new Regent Road LC, which was occupied by a rake of TDAs, awaiting the Line Clear from Sandhills or Manchester to climb the branch. A quick check of RTT shows it to be heading to Carlisle Kingmoor. https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/O55339/2019-11-04/detailed (Couldn't see the loco). It's described as an NR aggr
  10. They were only being stored for a day or two at most, John Dickinson's Heavy Haulage wagons (escorted by an RSS van) were coming in and removing them two at a time. I assumed that they were going for scrap, but as you say, they've reappeared with freshly painted parts all over the underframe, suggesting some sort of overhaul somewhere. The 4w Cargowaggons also suffered the same fate, being roaded away, 3 at a time. They've only just appeared last week so I cant comment on their movements too much. They are all up in the cripples siding though, so when the tanks started
  11. Seen in Trafford Park by the exit from DBS/Maritime terminal. Surprised it was a BR crossing though? Thought it'd have been Trafford Park metals by then?
  12. Disused as far as I can tell. Apparently the club asked for it not to be used citing health and safety. Narrow platforms and limited access/egress. The new Metrolink line currently under construction passes right by it so it'd be redundant soon in any case.
  13. What gauge? I'm currently constructing a G scale line, part laid on blocks, part laid on roofing felt covered decking boards. The roofing felt is tacked onto the decking boards, the the track is laid. I drill a hole through the sleeper a little bit larger than the current odd pile of screws I've found in the "come-in-useful-one-day" box, then screw it down, but not tightly, so that the track can move a little, to allow for expansion/kids etc.
  14. And so it becomes clear... Cheers Jim, Didn't realise the branch was steep enough to need a banker, hence that thought never crossed my mind!
  15. My place of work has recently moved to inside Liverpool Docks. So i'm now treated to sitting at the Level Crossing when (loaded) biomass trains leave for Drax. A few questions though, 1. The train leaves the biomass sidings, and runs about 200m to Regents Road LC, where it stops for a minute, before returning to NR metals and setting off down the branch. I assume that the stop is to get permission off NR, but by that point the loco and the first 5 wagons are sitting on the single line access to the docks. So why don't they get permission before they leave the biomass yard? As nothi
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