Monday, May 6, 2019

RHs on Water and Rail


With the previous post locating Eureka's RHs on the water in the East China Sea it is time to have a look at some RHs on rail. The first photo from the Howard Armstrong collection shows 4439 on the Cullen Range at the head of a down goods on the way to Tumut with the load including three RHs loaded with cement for the Snowy Hydro Scheme. 


The second photo also from the Howard Armstrong collection shows the Boral Cement Plant in Tumut where at the other end of the journey the RHs will discharge their load of cement.



 

Saturday, May 4, 2019


RH and Steel sided LCHs on the Water. 

Motor Vessel OOCL SEOUL has sailed from Shanghai and is currently in the East China sea.

Unlike previous sailings which called into Hong Kong this voyage is direct from Shanghai to Port Botany which cuts three days from the sailing time. ETA Port Botany is now 16 May, 2019. 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE CRYSTAL BALL DEPARTMENT

Staff in our Shipping Department have consulted their crystal ball and suggest that the following can be expected to arrive in Port Botany in 2019.

                     TAM/MCS  ETA  August
                     38 Class re-run  ETA August
                     VR S flat, E and SAR bogie open wagons ETA July (With Pheonix)


 



 

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.