and 40' Refrigerated RACE Containers
the earlier introduction of 20’ steel ventilated and dry containers
under the Railways of Australia Container Express joint branding, the
NSWPTC introduced two new refrigerated types in the early 1980s. These
were predominantly used for fresh fruit and vegetables that required
refrigeration and meat products, much of the fruit and vegetable traffic
originated in northern NSW and parts of southern Queensland.
meat traffic, 40’ containers were built by Reinforced Plastics
Melbourne and were fitted with an external Thermo King refrigeration
unit mounted on one end. NSWPTC owned 160 of these containers and they
entered service in early 1980, they were coded LRC. It was common for
these units to be fixed semi permanently to a variety of 45’ long
container flat wagons, ICX and OSF being the most common wagons used.
fruit traffic the containers were a unique length of 25’ and the
refrigeration was provided by a Thermo King unit mounted on one end.
NSWPTC shared ownership of 100 units with QR, these were coded SRC and
QR owned another 100 units outright and these were coded QRC, both are
to the same design but with varying sized signage to denote
ownership. They were built by Domino Industries between 1980 and 1983.
The could be found on parts of the QR network and they were forwarded to
Clapham Yard for transhipping to Standard Gauge.