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Date: 12/18/19 16:05
ARG @ North Geelong, VIC
Author: aussiehinz

In November, 2002, an Australian Rail Group (ARG) container train rolls around the big curve on the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) Standard Gauge main line at North Geelong, Victoria. The two ARG "CLF Class" locomotives wear the familiar orange, yellow and black colors of parent Genesee & Wyoming, Inc.

Cheers,
aussiehinz




Date: 12/18/19 17:36
Re: ARG @ North Geelong, VIC
Author: boejoe

Thanks.  Always wondered what a G&W "F" unit (LOL) would look like.  With a coach behind the two "A" units do they call this a mixed train down under?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/18/19 17:38 by boejoe.



Date: 12/18/19 19:26
Re: ARG @ North Geelong, VIC
Author: PHall

boejoe Wrote:
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> Thanks.  Always wondered what a G&W "F" unit
> (LOL) would look like.  With a coach behind the
> two "A" units do they call this a mixed train down
> under?

Not a coach. That's a crew car.



Date: 12/18/19 22:47
Re: ARG @ North Geelong, VIC
Author: YoungOldHead

PHall Wrote:

> Not a coach. That's a crew car.

As in crews deadhead on the crew car then change en-route? If so they must have a very interesting HOS law down under.



Date: 12/19/19 10:42
Re: ARG @ North Geelong, VIC
Author: PHall

YoungOldHead Wrote:
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> PHall Wrote:
>
> > Not a coach. That's a crew car.
>
> As in crews deadhead on the crew car then change
> en-route? If so they must have a very interesting
> HOS law down under.

Truck drivers do it all the time. One behind the wheel and one in the bunk. It's called "team driving" and has been going on, legally, for decades.



Date: 12/19/19 11:37
Re: ARG @ North Geelong, VIC
Author: thehighwayman

With the distances some Australian trains travel, through largely uninhabited territory, it is easier to carry an extra crew on the train than to try to get people to live in a hamlet of 15 people in the Outback!

 

Will MacKenzie
Dundas, ON



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/21/19 14:16 by thehighwayman.



Date: 12/20/19 15:08
Re: ARG @ North Geelong, VIC
Author: CM80-46

Boy! Oh boy! That’s railfanning! Retirement road trip!



Date: 12/21/19 07:59
Re: ARG @ North Geelong, VIC
Author: AussieGWAdriver

This would have been back when ARG was providing the 'hook and pull' for a couple of Pacific National east-west services. At the time PN did not have enough locomotives or crews to work extra trains in the lead up to Christmas. They ran between October and December in 2002 and sometimes used PN's DL class locomotives as bankers through the Adelaide Hills.

Justin



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