Monday, September 26, 2016

A scratch built 1/87th scale functional prototype RailRunner Intermodal System set with perfectly weighted Athearn trailers on my Aliwal North SAR Layout. 
"Anchor Unit Bogie, Intermediate Unit Bogie and Transition Unit Bogie"


International Railway Journal
http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/freight/railrunner-intermodal-system-heads-for-south-africa.html?channel=527
Friday, September 16, 2016
RailRunner intermodal system set for South African trials:
Written by Paul Ash
In a move that could have long-term ramifications for South Africa's long-haul trucking industry, Transnet has signed a deal with RailRunner, United States to develop intermodal technology for the country's general freight business.
The project - a joint venture between Transnet Freight Rail and RailRunner- will see a test train of lorry trailers on rail bogies begin running on the Cape Corridor between Johannesburg and Cape Town in the first half of next year.
The RailRunner system - a container trailer chassis with conventional wheels for running on road and a dedicated bogie for rail operation - will enable road hauliers to focus on the “last mile” part of the logistics chain where rail cannot operate.
As well as helping Transnet in its stated aim to attract more traffic from road to rail, the deal could also clear the way for private-sector businesses to get involved in rail transport. While the tractor units and trailers are already privately owned, private operators would also own the RailRunner bogies.
Transnet will supply the locomotives and operate the trains as part of its general freight service. A typical RailRunner train would consist of 40 trailers although overseas experience has shown that consists could operate with up to 200 trailers.
Transnet says a bimodal service would offer its customers “a complete logistics solution” that combines the strength of both road and rail transport.
Local industry is also expected to score on the deal as the RailRunner bogies would be manufactured in South Africa, in line with Transnet’s localisation requirements.

LINK to Demo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUgi4lQKmF8

LINK to Demo Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsBJ1AZH788&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2NYnWKBmOnm2Ln0B9jLWAv4_wyFDK0buOGlD3C6nsoDISfKXJxaAlgO-0


HO scale model railway
rolling stock accessories.

Test fitting some parts to check
the articulating trailer hitch 

action and the height.
The "Intermediate Unit Bogie"
operates well on track, happy
with its performance at this
stage.

Test fitting some parts to check 
the articulating trailer hitch 
action and the height.
The "Intermediate Unit Bogie" 
operates well on track, happy 
with its performance at this 
stage.

The finished "Intermediate
Unit Bogie"

The finished "Anchor
Unit Bogie"

 The "Transition Unit Bogie" build...
Finished with the "Anchor
Unit Bogie" (top)
Scratch building the
"Transition Unit Bogie" next,
it will be the final Bogie to
complete this set...
Precision measurements and
cutting of all plastic parts
are of the utmost importance.


Test fitting the bogie...




Comparing the "twins"...

Comparing the "twins"...

Comparing the "twins"...

Comparing the "twins"...


Scratch built "RailRunner Intermodal
System Set" (HO scale)
They're just what they appear to be -
semitrailers with specially-designed
"bogies" placed underneath for rail
service.
Due for trials on South African
soil (rail) in mid 2017.





A SHORT VIDEO CLIP:
(YouTube link)
The American version called a RoadRailer (closeup)
(YouTube link)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

A scratch built 45' Maersk Sealand container on a modified SAR SML-J flat wagon.

One huge 45' Maersk Sealand scratch 
built container made its appearance 
today on a modified SAR SML-J 
flat wagon. 
Now to find a crane to unload this beast 
or to offload the contents manually.

One huge 45' Maersk Sealand scratch
built container made its appearance
today on a modified SAR SML-J 

flat wagon.

In the Fitment Shop - new brake
wheels and shunter steps to be fitted
on both sides of this modified
SML-J flat wagon.

Tools of the trade - Angle grinder, 
Arc welder and Oxygen 
Acetylene Set. (Photoshop)

New brake wheels and shunter steps
fitted on both sides of this modified
SML-J flat wagon.

New brake wheels and shunter steps 
fitted on both sides of this modified 
SML-J flat wagon.

The shortened SML-J flat wagon. 

Maersk Line is the global container division and the largest operating unit of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, a Danish business conglomerate. It is the world's largest container shipping company having customers through 374 offices in 116 countries. It employs approximately 7,000 sea farers and approximately 25,000 land-based people. Maersk Line operates over 600 vessels and has a capacity of 2.6 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit). The company was founded in 1928.


Load bearing of container stacking is
at the 40-foot corner stone couplings.