Useful Website: The Intermodal Container Web Page a.k.a Matt’s Place

I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me before to give this website a bit of well-deserved publicity; especially as I’m often visiting to browse the galleries for inspiration or to collect data to help create 3D models of a container or swap body.

Perhaps it’s because it’s such a great resource I’d assumed everyone already knows about it but if you don’t and you have an interest in:

Then I definitely recommend checking out the galleries on the Intermodal Container Web Page run by Matt Hannes.

Although the site is called The Intermodal Container Web Page, it’s hosted on a domain called matts-place.com. Slightly unusually you can’t just browse to matts-place.com to view the site either. You’ll need to use this link: www.matts-place.com/intermodal/part1/sea_containers1.htm to get to the sites homepage.

Once on the homepage you’ll find the site and the images it hosts are divided into four main areas:

  • Part one is broken into six sub-sections each dedicated to galleries of different types of ISO dry box and ISO refrigerated containers.
  • Part two is dedicated to galleries of flat-rack, open-top, tank and other unusual ISO containers.
  • Part three is dedicated to galleries of non-ISO, US domestic containers.
  • Part four is dedicated to galleries of other non-ISO, World containers including European swap-bodies/tanks.

As the image collection is so big, the contents of the four parts listed above are usually grouped into galleries based on the container type and/or the length/width of the type of containers in question.

Within these galleries, images are ordered by the reporting marks on the container so it’s fairly easy to find images if you’re looking for a container owned or used by a particular shipping company.

Screenshot of a gallery on The Intermodal Container Web Page.

My only slight niggle with the site is that the lack of thumbnail images does make it a bit more difficult to just browse the galleries or track down images of containers of a similar design to another (especially as I’ve found similar designs don’t always share the same type markings). When viewing the galleries I find I often have to rely on my browser highlighting which of the links I’ve clicked, particularly when there is a long string of containers owned by the same company or with similar reporting marks and characteristics.

That’s a minor niggle though and having said it I can still appreciate why the galleries use the format they do; hosting this website must already be quite a bandwidth intensive undertaking and creating thumbnails would only add to that overhead and also the workload required to create the content for the site.

As I primarily model European prototypes, part four of the website is a bit of a treasure trove of images for me. I’ve often found an image in the galleries that reveals the side of a container that has been hidden in all the other photographs I’ve been able to find or an image that has helped me resolve a query about the overall dimensions or location of features like man-lids or walkways on a particular type of container.

So hat’s off to Matt for creating and maintaining such a comprehensive resource and if you want to make models of containers or just have an interest in containers then I’d definitely recommend taking a look at the Intermodal Container Web Page.

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