Wednesday, March 20, 2019

THE 12 WHEELER PROGRAM - A LOOK INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL: 

With the latest in the 12 wheeler program well underway the factory has asked for details of the next offering in the program.
Eureka staff have already been discussing this and the field has been narrowed down to a couple of candidates.
The first of these is the Commissioner's Train, This would involve three new 12 wheelers, AAH7, AAH8 and AAH9.
The second is another group of two cars, a MBE and a MFE in early configuration including an early under-frame. This uder-frame would allow the production of early series 12 wheelers with crown lights and tongue and grove siding.  .

The factory having now produced the NCRs, the MAL/ACS/AB and currently the TAM/MCS is now very experienced at producing 12 wheelers. The result is that the factory is proposing to deliver each new offering in the 12 wheeler program at yearly intervals. This is quite a brisk pace and will involve considerable pressure on both the factory and the Eureka staff. Hopefully both organisations will be up to the task.   



Monday, March 18, 2019

38 CLASS RE-RUN UPDATE

      In a scene that will soon become more common a black 38 at the head of a consist which includes an MCS in Indian Red stops to take on water.  

The factory recently advised that staff from Eureka Models should make arrangements to visit the factory in June this year. It is normally the case that the factory issues such an invitation to a customer when a project is in the process of final assembly. This is the case with the 38 re-run hence the invitation.

Delivery in August is now expected. 

The following are the locomotive numbers and liveries that will be available:

         Streamlined                   3801          Green/Black/Grey
                    
               3802          Special Green 1946-1953
                             3803          Special  Green 1946-1953                                          
                                             3804           Black late 1950s
                                             3805           Black late 1950s

Non-Streamliined                    3806           Green with Black Smoke Box  
                                             3807           Royal Train Black
                                             3809           Black
                                             3815           Black
                                             3818           Green with Black Smoke Box Door
                                             3820           Black
                                             3822           Green with Black Smoke Box Door
                                             3827           Service Green
                                             3830           Green with Black Smoke Box

 






  
      
                    

                          



 





 




 

TAM/MCS PROGRESS




 
One of the reasons for choosing to produce an MCS in our third batch of 12 wheelers as opposed to a CS was so that the car could be delivered in Candy livery as shown in the accompanying photo.
The Eureka MCS will have a different underframe to the car in the photo but MCS 796 and MCS 599 should faithfully capture the prototype for those who like the Candy livery.






The factory has advised that the TAM/MCS tooling has been released to the Injection Shop where squirting will commence. This will take only a few weeks at most and decoration (painting) can then follow. August is the expected delivery date.

Monday, September 3, 2018



TAM, CS Up-Date 

 

Work has started at the factory on the next two carriages in our 12 wheeler program.
The two vehicles will be a smooth sided TAM sleeper without crown lights and a CS composite sitting car. 


Producing the modernised version of the TAM will allow the TAM to be offered in candy livery as well as the standard Indian Red livery.




The above drawings are the first iteration but the drawing preparation stage will be completed in the next few weeks.
Delivery is expected in mid - 2019.
Photos of the CS are rare and any photos would be most welcome.

With work on the TAM/CS project underway consideration is being given to s to what will be the next cars in our 12 wheeler series .

Order forms for the TAM/CS will be available on the Eureka web-site shortly and will advise which car numbers will be available. . 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

RH Update



The first test shots for the RH cement hopper and steel sided LCH coal hopper have been received by the factory.
The next step in the process is to make any necessary corrections to the tooling before final squirting can commence.
This is normally a short process and final test shots are expected within two weeks.
Delivery at this stage is expected around November. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

38 Class bits:

The factory has advised that squirting of bits for the 38 class is underway. We reminded the factory that Sanda Kan had made modifications to the nose cone tooling after the first run and we asked the factory to confirm that they were using the the modified nose cone tooling.
The factory supplied the following photograph which clearly shows that it is indeed the modified nose cone.
 

38 Class Engine Numbers - minor changes:

The announcement of the engine numbers that will be produced in the re-run of the 38s created some discussion and as a result the following changes have been made to the list of engine numbers which will be produced.

3815  will now be produced in black not green as was previously announced.

3822 will replace 3815 in full green with black smoke box door. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

RH four wheel Cement Hopper - Project Progress Report

The factory has advised that this project and the associated steel hopper LCH project is well under way with tooling of the new hoppers due to be completed in August. This suggests a delivery date sometime in the last quarter of this year.
The factory has requested artwork for the two projects and this has been supplied. (See below.)
Two versions of the RH are being produced in this run. Research indicates that the NSWGR sold these four wheel cement wagons to a number of private companies as indicated below. Photographs from which artwork could be prepared have been located for the Southern Portland Cement company plus of course the original NSWGR version.
As previously advised, these two projects are using LCH underframes surplus from previous productions. This means that both projects will be severely limited in quantity and so only having artwork for one private company together with the NSWGR will fit in with the limited numbers of sets that will be available.
If research turns up more details of the other companies then these may be offered at a later date.  
Pre-orders are highly recommended.



The SPC version wagon numbers 98, 99, 100 and 101
will come in a pack of four containing









SPC 98 at Berrima.









LCH steel hopper NSWGR








      Details of RH disposal by NSWGR