1970's TNT JUMBO RAILWAY CONTAINER
These TNT containers were the original Aussie
Hi–Cubes, quickly earning the nickname ‘Jumbos' they were
the largest domestic containers in Australia.
When introduced in 1974 by TNT / Alltrans for GM-H
parts traffic between Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane
they required specially built low deck height wagons to ensure
they were within the loading gauge.
Initially the company name was displayed on thin
sheeting attached to the side and end of the container. However as each journey required transhipping, damage to the sheeting was
common, by early 1978 the company names were being painted
directly onto the ribbed side.
In later years other Freight Forwarders like Mayne
Nickless, Brambles, Railex, Interlink , Intermodal and SPD began
utilising the same Freighter Industries Ltd built 'Jumbo' containers.
During these times many Interstate freight trains
were dedicated entirely to loading by these forwarders and with guaranteed next day arrival times these services were always
assured of a 'path' by Signallers and Train Controllers
across all three networks.