Friday, June 23, 2017

12 Wheeler Progress



       With the Assembly Shop now fully occupied with the 40 class, back in the Paint Shop the focus of activity has switched to the MAL/ACS/AB 12 wheeler project.
       Almost nightly at the moment contact from the factory is received checking another stage in the decoration of the MAL sleeping cars, the ACS branchline composite cars and the AB dining cars.
       Present progress suggests a mid August delivery date.
       Delivery will include more spare bogies and complete under-frames.

40 Class progress

Assembly of the 40 class is proceeding at a fast pace at the factory. The latest step in the process is the completion of assembly of the gear boxes for the full production run.

 As part of this assembly process an extensive  process of testing of the gear  boxes has been carried out. Several chassis have been run for hundreds of hours on the factory's test track with the tick of approval being given to the gear boxes.

The accompanying photos show that plastic tubs of the gear boxes have now joined the other 40 class items already stacked up around the assembly area at the factory. 





With gear boxes now complete the next step in the assembly process, the assembly of chassis's has commenced.  Current progress is in line with completion of assembly in mid-July and delivery at Port Botany around mid-August.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

More 40 Class Up-dates


      Photo 1. Chassis's in the process of being polished


Word from the factory tonight is that painting will be finished tomorrow (1 June, 17) and that assembly of the 40 class has already started. Photos 1 and 2 shows the assembly line at work with workers in the process of chassis polishing.

 Photo 2. De-burring and polishing.

    Whilst the assembly line is a hive of activity, across the corridor the Decoration Department is wrapping up the painting process. Piled high in areas around the assembly line specifically set aside for such purposes, are mounds of parts for the 40 class which have come from their turn in the Decoration shop and are now waiting for the time when they will be needed in the assembly process.                                              

Amongst the mounds of painted parts is  this one of 40 class cabs. 
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The assembly process will seriously get under way on the 1st of June with the completion of painting. Most of the components required for the 40 class are on hand but there are still some to arrive. Baring any delays in the delivery of these outstanding components the factory expects to be able to dispatch the 40 class in the first week of July. This should see the 40 class shipment arrive at Port Botany in the first week of August.
More updates later.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Painting of the 40 class is in full swing at the factory with painting expected to be completed within the week.
The painting process (or decoration process as it is usually called at the factory) is a fascinating step in the overall construction of a model. It requires constant attention and the need to be on hand (not literally) for around 14 hours a day whilst painting is underway.
The following three photos are a good illustration.  

These three photos arrived almost immediately work on the Indian Red version commenced.
The question from the factory was "which of the three versions did we prefer and which was more correct"?
Ignore differences in the colours as any variations are caused by the lighting.

 Along with the arrival of the photos came a  reminder from the factory that painting was in progress and an answer within five minutes would be appreciated.

 After a quick check of the 40 class photo library an answer was forwarded to the factory. (Not quite within the five minutes but near enough.)
The Eureka office then settled back into its normal state of chaos to wait for the next request from the factory.

The factory is currently finishing two other projects for customers after which the assembly-line will be turned over to the 40 class for final assembly. Painting needs to be finished quickly to be ready for this process.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Another 40 Class Update:

     Progress on the 40 class is going ahead quickly at the factory and is just following the normal assembly process. However, on the other side of the Pacific at QSI work on the sound installation is also well underway. The sound decoders were manufactured in China previously and the first step in the installation process is to check fit the decoder. The above photo shows this process with the decoder being trial fitted to a chassis from the current production run. These are identical to those produced by Sanda Kan all those years ago so it was not surprising that the trial fitting did not produce any problems.
     The next step in the sound process is to burn the sound files into all of the decoders. After this the decoders are fitted to a mounting pcb and then they are forwarded to the factory in China for assembly into the "with sound" 40s. 
     Back at the factory in China injecting is underway and decoration (painting) of the parts is taking place as parts are received from the injection sub-contractors. Injection is expected to be completed by the middle of April after which decoration will be finished and final assembly completed.
     The Eureka office now has several running non-sound samples and is expecting a sound-equipped version from QSI any day which will be most enjoyable. The non-sound running samples at the Eureka offices are superb. They are smooth running and are very quiet. With this quality base the sound versions should also be of a very high performance.
Green type 2 body modified to show type 1 body with added ventilation on roof.

Type 2 body with vertical louvers on rear engine ventilation in Royal Blue.

Type 3 body with mesh grille on rear engine ventilation and across body stack in Indian Red

     The above art-work is not final as there are minor corrections to be made including adjustments to the numbering. The above workings were mainly used to get the main body colours right.
     Squirting is under way and will be finished in April. Decoration is also under way and is expected to be finished in May.
     Also coming with the production run of the 40 class will be spare wheel sets complete with wheels, axles and gears. (An expanded coverage of the problem of this topic can be found in The Eureka Times 32.)  Price is not finalised yet but will be around $25 for six complete wheel sets.
     The final price of the 40 class ($330) now applies

Saturday, April 1, 2017

MAL/ACS/AB 12 Wheeler Update.

A set of injections for the 12 wheelers.
                                        Bodies, interiors and underframes for the three cars.                                                                             
      Received from the factory the last week in March is a complete set of injections for the MAL sleeper, ACS Composite car and the AB dining car. These three cars are the second offering in Eureka's series of 12 wheelers, the first being the NCR sets.
      The same high quality and accuracy as the NCR sets, these samples have gained the tick of approval of all who have seen them. The factory has been advised accordingly and the likely program for these cars involves squirting in April, decoration (painting) in May and delivery in June.
      Given that the previous planned delivery date was September, in time for the October Exhibition, a June delivery date would represent a considerable advance in delivery time for the project. It also augers well for the rest of the Eureka program as the factory works its way at speed through our outstanding and new projects.
     Due to a number of requests, coming with the three cars will be a number of complete under-frames including KD couplers and wheel sets. Price is $40 per under-frame. Numbers will be limited and pre-orders are advisable.
     Also coming will be more wheel-sets as with the NCR sets.  These went very quickly and so again, pre-orders are advisable. Price is $25 per wheel-set.  

     For an order form for any of the 12 wheelers contact the Eureka office. Pre-order price is currently $125 per car. This will increase to $155 per car after 30 May, 2017. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016


The factory has advised that 40 class production is well advanced and has provided the accompanying photo. With assembly nearing completion the next stage in the process which is decoration (painting) will commence. The factory will close for the Lunar New Year break which is in late January this year and will re-open in February. This suggests a delivery date in March.

Production samples are expected to be received in the next few weeks.