State Rail (L7) NQIW
Version 1 – 5 pack of Indian Red NQIW wagons (2 separate packs with different numbers) This version will feature the Indian Red State Rail Authority NQIW as it was delivered in 1988. Please note, containers are not included.
National Rail RQIW
Version 2 – 5 pack of light grey National Rail RQIW wagons (2 separate packs with different numbers) This version will feature the light grey RQIW wagons as seen in service with National Rail and Pacific National.
Pacific National RQIW
Version 3 – 5 pack of dark grey Pacific National RQIW wagons (2 separate packs with different numbers) This version will feature the dark grey RQIW wagons as seen in service with Pacific National from 2002 onwards, following refurbishing.
NSW NQIW CONTAINER WAGON – PROTOTYPE OVERVIEW
During 1988, the New South Wales State Rail Authority took delivery of 55 new NQIW class container wagons built by Lansdowne Engineering.
Numbered 60285 to 60339, these 14.6m long skeletal container wagons feature a 1020mm deck height which allows them to carry 2.9m high 20ft or 40ft long containers. These wagons are fitted with Gloucester bogies and all wagons were delivered painted Indian Red. While in service with the State Rail Authority, these wagons were allocated to interstate container services, initially between Sydney and Brisbane, and then later on other interstate services.
During 1994 and 1995, all 55 NQIW wagons were transferred to National Rail Corporation (NRC) where they were re-coded to RQIW, and repainted light grey. In addition to their use on container services, the RQIW wagons were also utilised by NRC on their SteelLink services carrying coil steel and scrap steel containers. In NSW these wagons also carried ore containers.
In February 2002, the 55 RQIW wagons were transferred to Pacific National when they purchased NRC. During 2002 and 2003, Pacific National refurbished a number of RQIW wagons, the result of which saw some wagons repainted in a darker grey livery.
Currently the RQIW wagons can be seen on both Pacific National intermodal (container) and steel services across the mainland on the interstate standard gauge network.
NSW NQIW CONTAINER WAGON – PROTOTYPE PHOTOS
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