View single post by oztrainz
 Posted: Tue Jul 23rd, 2013 11:06 am
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Joined: Wed Apr 10th, 2013
Location: Unanderra, Australia
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Hi all,
now for today's dumb question - assuming these units had arms that pushed on the end of the car to get it rolling, how did you stop the car when you had moved it enough? It looks like the arms do not mate up with the car's couplings and there does not appear to be air pipes/hoses for the airbrake systems. Did you rely on a shunter on the ground winding on the handbrake or something else?

If these were used around piers and wharfs, one wrong move stopping a car in time and its "SPLASH" at the end of the pier.

TRUE story - the Habourmaster (aka port boss or Chief Harbour Pilot) was down at the one of the wharves at a local port. While he was there he saw a shunting "accident" where one of the wagons went off the end of the wharf after being given too much of a "nudge" by the loco.

So the Harbourmaster organised for a diver to go down and hook cables onto the wagon so that the offending wagon could be lifted back onto the wharf by the wharf crane so that the drowned wagon wouldn't interfere with port operations near the end of the wharf. After a period underwater the diver surfaced, without hooking up the wagon. After they got his helmet off the harbourmaster asked the diver if he found the wagon and why hadn't he hooked up the cables. In typical laid back Aussie style, the diver said 'Yeah, but you didn't tell me which B****y wagon you wanted - there's another 6 of 'em down there".

The names of the port and the wharf have been omitted to protect the guilty.

John Garaty
Unanderra in oz
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