train manufacturing has been beset by many issues over the
past 15 months. The greatest impact we’ve experienced
was the longer than normal times for assembly, this was
due in part to the ongoing shortage of skilled workers and
the other has been the short supply of proprietary items
we need from America and Europe.
the supply of skilled workers now appears to be
increasing, as travel restrictions are eased, there is
still an ongoing shortage of electronic components as
suppliers try to rebuild their stock levels.
Series Passenger Carriages
arrivals include the VR PL carriages with smooth sided
panelling and original style swing doors. Some of these
cars were running from the mid 40s through to the 70s.
They are available in Single packs.
also received a re-run of the 1950s sliding door Twin
packs, however the later packs including the BCPL cars
have been delayed a little due to material shortages.
They should be arriving early September.
have also received a top up of NR locomotives with DCC option.
Once we receive the balance of the ESU V5 decoders, later this
month, our guys will be able to complete the assembly of the Great
Southern, Real Trains not Road Trains and Overland NRs. These
should arrive late August.
examples of the Phoenix Reproductions VR D3 steam engine arrived
recently and we are extremely pleased with them. Our supplier
will commence final assembly early next month and have them
ready for shipping later in August. We are limited though in the
availability of DCC decoders for this project as ESU struggle with
worldwide component shortages. We have enough to cover our
pre-orders and some stock, and as the model is sound ready we
can retro fit decoders locally.
an aside to providing the engineering and design of the
Phoenix Reproductions model, we’re releasing two VR D3
models under the SDS Models brand. These are era specific
and represent an earlier period of running with two road
numbers from the late 1940s thru to the mid 50s.
LHG Brake van
in production is our revamped Austrains NEO NSWR LHG
brakevan, these vans are currently at the decoration
stage and should be shipped with the sliding door PL
cars and arrive in early September. We’ve made some
small improvements to the model ride height and
coupler box location and tidied up the malthoid roof
lapped joins. We’ve added a version in Deep Indian
red coded GHO1800, this was used exclusively for the
Kosciuszko Ski Express in the late 60s before
cascading back to general duties in the 1970s.
SRA 81 class assembly is underway, we’re very pleased
with the running samples we’ve been testing over the
past few months. This supplier recently relocated into an
industrial park in the Dongguan region, they’d outgrown
the old site and new government regulations meant they had
to paint, off site, for the past year. Their new facility
will provide some increased capacity going forward.
T Class Locomotive
Railways T class diesel new samples have arrived and we’ve
been testing the new gear drives. They are now close to being
production ready and will follow the 81 class in assembly later
this year and into 2022.
SAR 900 class diesel tooling has been completed and we’ll
start moulding parts next month. We have a sound file in
development, using the same EE engine type as these
‘streamliners’ were fitted with, and we should have a sample
ready to share by early September. Delivery in early 2022.
We’re finalizing the program now and we’ll have order forms
online in August ’21.
further re-runs for late 2021 will be some more NSWR End Platform Cars and SAR
End Platform cars
NSWR End platform cars are the same packs we ran last year and
these will be the last run we’ll do with this early panelled
body style. Next year we’ll have two new sets of EP cars, VUB
Set 75 in Caves Express blue and cream and DUB Set 63 in Deep
Indian red and the RG greyhound car.
SOC Ore wagon
SAR SO/SOC are a mix of old and new packs, we’ve
included a limited number of packs of the CR coded GQ
wagons. We’ve also added some AN green/yellow packs
but coded for National Rail service. We have added our
Barber S2 bogie to the PN coded packs to produce the
ROHF coded wagons.
/ TAGR Y
/ QR 1620
our Narrow Gauge range of English Electrics.
first foray into the Australian Narrow gauge scene is an
extension of the English Electric family of medium horsepower
locomotives. Based around our venerable SAR 800 class model, the
Midland Railway F class and the Tasmanian Railways Y class
shared a common style, the Queensland Railways 1620 class
adopted a more Australian outline. All the models have similar
overall lengths and wheelbases.
design team worked hard on achieving a consolidated tooling
package, ensuring the economic viability of the three models.
Whilst also managing to incorporate gauge specific gearboxes,
for each model, as we felt this to be an important aspect for
reliable operation and ease of assembly.
first engineering prototypes are due late 2021, with delivery
slated for Qtr 3 2022.
KP Mail Van
NSWR KP mail sorting van is presently being re-tooled with
improvements to the roof, side details and chassis. This will
allow us to represent more modern liveries and offer models to
suit more up to date train compositions.
LHO / LHY Brake Van
NSWR LHO/LHY has also received some re-tooling and the enhanced
range now includes a modern 4 door Guards compartment version
and the option of a YMD bogied version as an LHY. Combined with
a ‘modern’ KP these vans will be welcomed in any Mail Train.
MHO / VHO / DMC
underway is the ubiquitous NSWR Main Line brake van, the MHO and
VHO. The vans represented the most numerous and common brake
vans for all mainline trains. Our range includes matchboard
sided versions of the MHO/VHO and Dynamometer car DMC1902.
We’ll also release a smooth sided DMC1902, as rebuilt in the
late 50s, a KB parcel van and a modernised MHO. First
engineering samples will be available in August.
have been running a couple of samples recently, we’d like to
incorporate several of the D3 drive train and functionality
ideas into this model. Once the factory ship the D3 models
they’ll be into the K class re-tooling and we’d like to be
in position to commence assembly after Chinese New Year in 2022.
We’ll have a program of running numbers and liveries online by
End Platform cars
Express" & Greyhound
NSWR End Platform car tooling for 2022:
colourful VUB Set 75 with low elliptical roofline and enclosed
end platforms and the RTM set of the 70s and 80s DUB Set 63 with
it’s mixture of high elliptical and low elliptical roofline
cars. Some smaller number of modernised smooth sided car sets
and the RG (Racing Greyhound) car.
KB Mail Van
KB Bulk Mail van with clerestory roofline is an interesting
Y Class Locomotive
Victorian Railways Y class diesel re-tooling is complete and
we’re expecting the first running samples in August ’21.