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.