Saturday, March 24, 2018

40 Class Update:

      The 40 class has had a very successful release with Royal Blue versions no longer available and with stocks of Indian Red very low. Reasonable stocks of Green livery are available although some individuals numbers are sold out. Weathered models are also no longer available.
 
      We are still holding some pre-orders having been unable to contact their owners and anyone who has not yet received their models should contact the Eureka Models office.




     Preliminary discussions are underway for a second run of 40s (including the Robe River version) but the way the program is at the factory this year it is unlikely that a re-run of 40s even if ordered now would see a delivery before the end of 2019 by which time stocks of the first run are likely to be well and truly exhausted.

Long Lost Tooling Recovered.

      In March this year a major step forward for Eureka occurred when tooling for 14 projects which were being held by a manufacturer previously used by Eureka were recovered and transferred to a safe location in Shenzhen.




      Two trucks and a forklift were required to move the 39 pallets of tooling to the new location. As can be seen in the accompanying photographs even individual tools require the use of a heavy lift capacity to move them.

      The tooling is now being sorted into projects prior to being moved again to their permanent home at the premises of the manufacturers who are currently being  commissioned to complete the assembly of the projects.  
    
      The key projects involved in the process are the VR K class, the VR bogie open and bogie flat wagons, the NTAF bogie petrol tankers and the private owner four wheel hoppers.  Discussions to date indicate that delivery of these outstanding items will be complete by the end of 2018.

     In addition to the above projects a number of re-runs will now be possible given the retrieval of the tooling including the R class, the AD60, BSV bogie sheep wagons, HUB sets and CHG four wheel guards van. 
    
     A long overdue newsletter is currently in preparation and will be available in the next week or so. It will contain more information on the above projects as well as up-dates on currently underway projects such as the 38 class re-run, steel sided LCH and RH four wheel hoppers, TAM 12 wheeler and 620/720, 600/700 two car diesel and DEB sets.

     2018 will be quite a busy year!       
        




Sunday, January 28, 2018

12 Wheeler up-date

 

        The 12 wheeler shipment made up of the MAL sleepers, ACS composite cars and AB dining cars was picked up from Port Botany on the 19th of January and four of the seven pallets which made up the shipment were delivered to the Eureka offices that day. Due to a lack of space three pallets are currently stored at Eureka's cargo clearance facilities until space becomes available at the Eureka offices later this week (around the 1st of February).
        These three pallets include all the spare bogies and under-frames so these will not be available until around the 1st of February. They will only be available through the Eureka Office.  
        By the 1st of February all of the orders for the carriages will have been packed and posted. Any orders not received by that date should be followed up at the Eureka offices.
       Concurrent with the post out, stock is also being delivered to retailers. Demand has been such that some retailers are already on their second and third re-orders.
        The release of the Eureka MAL, ACS and AB cars has sent many of us back to the archives to locate evidence of their rostering at various periods.
        The rostering of the ACS cars because of the nature of the cars (the ACS is fact a complete train in one carriage) is quite interesting and as an example is reproduced here for the year 1964.
     
ACS Rosters in 1964


11 Sth Cooma Mail            Fri, Sat                            Car 2 to Goulburn,
form 11a Mail to Canberra

9 Sth Through Mail          Tues, Fri                           Car 1 to Young, detach Harden
                                          Thurs                               Car 1 to Young, detach Harden,
                                                                                   Car 2 to Tumut, detach Cootamundra

5 Sth Mail                        Sunday                              Car 1 to Young, detach Harden

49 West Forbes Mail       Sunday                              Car 6 to Grenfell, detach Blayney
                                         Tues, Thurs                       Car 7 to Cowra, detach Blayney
                                         Friday                               Cars 7 and 9 to Cowra, detach Blayney

63 West Mudgee Mail      Sun-Fri                            Car 6 to Binnaway

71 West Pass                    Saturdays Only                Car 8 to Mudgee, detach Wallerawang

13 Nth Glen Innes Mail      Sun, Tues, Thurs, Fri    Car 7 to Barraba, detach Tamworth,
form No.1 Barraba pass with CR

With the delivery of the MAL/ACS/AB cars, work on the next cars in the 12 wheeler series will be stepped up.  A TAM will be certain (variation not determined yet) but the other two cars are not yet selected with a number of candidates putting themselves forward. More news later.