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