Bargain of the Week is in Harristown, ToowoombaMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoHarristown has a population of 8,491, sitting only four kilometres south west of the Toowoomba CBD.Officially named in 1981, believed to be in honour of a Brisbane businessman, George Harris, the estate first opened in 1902 with the local school starting in 1911.If a life in the ranges sounds appealing, then Harristown might just be the suburb for you.Here are three more homes on the market for under $250,000. 35 Justin Street is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom beauty on the market for $249,000 with updates already started.Sitting on a generous fully fenced 642sq m block the home is open for inspection tomorrow from 9:30am to 10am.If low maintenance townhouse living appeals then 2/1 Zimmerle Street might be more your style.The two-bedroom, two-toilet, air-conditioned home has reasonable body corporate fees, is within walking distance to local shops and is on the market for offers over $249,900.Or maybe you would prefer a three-bedroom unit for $239,000 at 5/343 West Street.The unit is at the rear of the complex for added privacy and boasts a roomy kitchen with breakfast bar and views of the yard. This week’s Bargain Buy is in Harristown, Toowoomba where this three-bedroom home sold for $249,000.PICTURESQUE Toowoomba is hiding some bargain buys with three-bedroom homes for under $250,000, brilliant for the first-home buyer or investor.This home at 11 Talbot Street in Harristown sold on Monday for $249,000, only a short stroll from the local school.Close to shops and parks the original family home with tandem carport, set on 506sq m is in a suburb where the median three-bedroom house price is $309,000, renting for $295.
German Railway’s second CargoSprinter prototype was handed to its owners at a colourful ceremony in the test shop of Waggonfabrik Talbot in Aachen on February 27. Klaus Junke from DB Cargo and Dipl-Ing Peter Fabel, Head of Freight Projects in DB’s New Systems Division in Minden, received the crimson-painted unit from Stefan Stiefel, Chief Executive of Waggonfabrik Talbot, part of Bombardier Eurorail.Much interest in the ’five-pack’ train, designed to carry 10x20ft containers or their equivalent in 40ft units or swap bodies, was evident from other European railways – representatives were present from French and Belgian National Railways, Netherlands Railways and Danish State Railways. Other potential operators at the event included the Swedish BK Group and Hupac of Switzerland.Dipl-Ing Fabel revealed that the train would begin commercial trials in July. He said several customers had expressed keen interest in Cargosprinter service, but DB Cargo wished to keep its launch plans confidential because of possible reaction from competitors.Indeed, the Talbot Cargosprinter and its cousins from Windhoff of Rheine (RG 11.96 p703) are spearheading DB’s assault on the high value merchandise market; both types are designed to be fully compatible. After years where growth in this market has been almost exclusively taken up by road haulage, DB has decided to fight back.Keeping costs down is an essential part of DB’s strategy, and this is why Talbot has used a large number of standard components. While Fabel would not reveal the value of the Talbot contract, he said that DB would not have bought the train if it had cost more than five heavy lorries. In terms of operating costs, he said that lorries did not have to pay track costs, but road hauliers did have to pay five drivers to move an equivalent load. If the two costs cancelled each other out, then DB was in business.Several innovative elements are also aimed at driving down costs. Fabel emphasises that automatic couplings and the train’s electronic self-testing brakes are part of the intelligent train policy – the aim is to avoid the manual coupling and manual brake testing in marshalling yards.The CargoSprinter is powered by four six-cylinder Volvo standard bus engines with automatic gears and retarder braking. Emissions conform to Euronorm II. Mounted for easy access in the open frame of the end vehicles, each engine is rated at 265 kW and drives one axle of each bogie in the end vehicle through a mechanical transmission.The engines and drive trains are assembled in Sweden by the BK Group into a pack for installation in the Talbot factory.Control of the engine, gears, brakes and wheelslip protection is handled by Elin’s Traction Automation System Eltas. This is a microprocessor-based system which processes and transmits commands from the driver’s control desk. Provision is made for the parameters of selected functions to be changed using a range of programming tools; a number of diagnosis functions are offered.The cab at each end enjoys air suspension and is air-conditioned. Standard Talbot DRRS power and trailer bogies are fitted; the three centre wagons form an articulated set mounted on four bogies. Two Knorr disc brakes are fitted on each axle.At each end of the train is a Z-AK automatic coupling which will also accept standard screw couplings. Running with ordinary rolling stock is seen as an exception, and the intention is to run in multiple with up to six other CargoSprinters. Forming one element in DB’s so-called ’Train Coupling & Train Sharing’ concept, they will run from private siding to private siding, combining into trains of several sets for the trunk haul.For marketing purposes Bombardier Eurorail has baptised its version of the CargoSprinter the Talion. oTABLE: CargoSprinter suppliers:Bombardier Eurorail: main contractorVolvo: enginesElin: control equipmentKnorr: disc brakesDeuta-Werke: instrumentationMannesmann-Rexroth: pneumaticsTABLE: Length over buffers mm 89570Width mm 2610Loading floor height above rail mm 1155Bogie wheelbase mm 2770Distance between bogie centres mm 14200Weight empty tonnes 113 laden tonnes 273Maximum speed km/h (70% load) 120 (100% load) 100CAPTION: Bombardier Eurorail launched its prototype CargoSprinter in the Talbot test shop in Aachen on February 27CAPTION: Fig 1. Each vehicle of the lorry-like CargoSprinter can carry two 20ft containersCAPTION: The CargoSprinter is fitted with Z-AK automatic couplers
Sakho limped off during Sunday’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with West Brom with a thigh problem and reports on Tuesday suggested the Senegal forward was out for three months. But the exact prognosis is still to be determined after Sakho was injured stretching to shoot into the side-netting during the second half at Upton Park. Striker Diafra Sakho will undergo a scan on Wednesday to determine the extent of his thigh injury, Press Association Sport understands. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said afterwards: “It doesn’t look good. It’s a big blow for us, he’s a key player.” His is the third injury to hit West Ham’s attacking resources after playmaker Dimitri Payet and winger Enner Valencia were hurt against Everton earlier this month. “You can see injuries in every club and to be fair the number who are missing is not a lot, but the ones missing are key players who play in the same position,” added Bilic. “Valencia, Payet, and now Sakho. It is very hard to replace them.” The Hammers play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday. Press Association