Our new factory team has been hard at work and in the past week we received the pre-production sample of the first vehicle in our Stock Wagon Project - the Bogie Cattle Wagon or BCW. The sample is simple stunning. The level of detail has lead several reviewers to say that this is the best RTR model ever seen.
This model depicts the last batch of 100 cattle vans converted from 1959-type sheep vans, utilising the original bogies, ends, roof and underframe. New sides were fabricated from standard cattle van components but there were two bars in the upper area to compensate for the extra height in the sides compared to the 1959-type BCW. Bogies varied and Eureka is modelling the common 2AQ (AQA) type. The wagons were introduced in 1974 in PTC blue which quickly faded and weathered to a light grey. Numbers were 30801 - 30900, coded BCW later NSCF and they were all out of service by the time that the railways ceased transporting cattle in 1989.
Also received from the factory are the design drawings for the other vehicle in our Stock Wagon Project - the Bogie Sheep Van or BSV.
Both models will be available in packs of three with delivery expected in early 2012. Order forms are available from Eureka and will be included with the next edition of The Eureka Times which is currently being prepared for a November post out.