Thursday, October 3, 2019

TAM and MCS 12 Wheelers Arrive.

The latest offering in Eureka's 12 wheeler series, the TAM sleeper car and MCS sitting car was delivered to the Eureka offices on Friday  the 27th of September.

Distribution commenced immediately and as at today's date 85% of orders have been dispatched. The remaining 15% will be forwarded in the coming week after the Homebush exhibition. 

Anyone who has not recieved their order by Friday the 11th of October please contact the Eureka office.

The carriage numbers that were ultimately delivered varied slightly from those originally announced. As delivered  they are as follows:

In Indian Red

TAM 1828 (Navy Dressing Roof)
TAM 848 (Weathered Grey Roof)
TAM 1925 (Weathered Grey Roof)
MCS 599 (Weathered Grey Roof)
MCS 796 (Weathered Grey Roof)

In Candy

TAM 701 (Weathered Grey Roof)
TAM 710 (Weathered Grey Roof)
MCS 599 (Weathered Grey Roof)
MCS 796 (Weathered Grey Roof)

The above items will be available at the Eureka Models stand at the AMRA Exhibition over the October long weekend. or from the Eureka offices and Eureka Models stockists.


Sunday, September 1, 2019

VR Bogie Wagons arrive:

The first shipment of the VR bogie S flat wagons, the E bogie open wagons and the SAR O bogie open wagons has arrived and is in the process of being distributed.
About one third of orders have been filled to date and all outstanding orders are being confirmed by phone before being filled. Anyone who has not received their order can speed up the process by contacting the Eureka offices.  
All orders should be filled by the 15th of September.


38 Class Update:

On a recent visit to the factory in China, Eureka staff took the opportunity to put the latest 38 class engineering sample through its paces.
With the engineering sample nearing completion attention has now turned to decoration and final assembly.
Delivery is now likely to be at the end of 2019.

Whilst at the factory, Eureka staff were also able to observe the assembly of the TAM and MCS carriages. A sample of each livery was obtained and returned to Australia. Photos are available elsewhere on the Eureka blog and delivery is expected in late September. 
TAM/MCS on their way.

The production run of Eureka Model's latest offering in its twelve wheeler series, the TAM sleeping cars and MCS sitting cars left the factory on the 29th of August and was conveyed to our freight forwarders in Shanghai. They have advised that the cargo will leave Shanghai on the 6th of September bound for Port Botany with an ETA of 19th of September.
This will give our freight people plenty of time to clear the cargo in time for the Homebush exhibition.


Two pallets of TAM/MCS ready to leave the factory.
Better find some space to put them!

An old acquaintance, MV Seoul in Port Melbourne on the 13th of August this year. This vessel delivered the RHs to Port Botany earlier this year in May.



TAM 1828 in Indian Red (Navy Dressing Roof)

Also available:
TAM 849and 1925 in Indian Red with weathered grey roof.
TAM 710 and 701 in Candy.


                                                                                                                 TAM 710 in candy

MCS 599 in Indian Red with weathered grey roof.

Also available:
MCS 796 Indian Red with weathered grey roof.
MCS 599 and 796 in Candy.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

RH and Steel Hopper LCH being delivered.

The first week after the June long weekend should see completion of the mail out of the RH/Steel sided LCH project.
Two variations of the RH (Southern Portland Cement and original NSWGR grey) and the steel sided LCH four wheel coal hopper in NSWGR grey are available. 
If you have not received your order by the 17th of June please contact the Eureka office.

Limited supplies of all three vehicles will be available at the Rosehill Exhibition over the June long weekend.

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. 



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


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


      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








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.