ON30 Puffing Billy NA locomotive

 
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Brunel Hobbies had a surprising news at the AMRA Caufield 2013 show


http://www.brunelhobbies.com.au/index.html

I'm getting two.  Have a friend who wants one too, and was not into NG before.  I think it is a dinky sized loco, having seen a advanced model at Caulfield last weekend.  Will it sell out ?  

Regards,
David Head

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  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
another friend wants one, that is 4 from me basically.  Not a lot but I am dsure others are considering the model.

Regards,
David Head
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
Being a fireman on these wonderful machines, I will be putting in an order for at least 2. 8A and 12A will be the preferred choice.
No intention to set up a layout (as yet) but they will take pride on display next to my J515 model!
  danpickard Junior Train Controller

Location: Geelong
They are a nice looking model, and fingers crossed they have a reasonable mech to match.  I'll be needing a couple as well (at decent prices too) for a new exhibition project.  After many years of wondering if a RTR Na would ever see light of day, it was great to see something solid on the table.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard
  naguoning Locomotive Driver

Location: At Escape 41, Kaohsiung, Taiwan!
I am of course glad people are interested in the model (being the maker of it...).
I am quite confident about the mech. I went with the factory I did for these partly because I have confidence in their ability for mechanisms.
I will put updates on line at http://www.haskellco.net/australian_on30_models as they become available. We should have painted, operating model pics on line within a week or two. I can't really reply to things as easily as usual since I am travelling these days and will only be back in Taiwan next week.
cheers,
Kieren
  danpickard Junior Train Controller

Location: Geelong
Hi Kieren,
Response this far seems very keen.  I expect some of the other manufacturers of related products to the VR NG line of models would be pleased to see the success of this loco.  Always been one of the last hurdles as to why I feel there aren't as many VZ NG layouts out there, because the locomotive offerings to finish it all off weren't easily available.

Are you able to provide any details as yet of expected production numbers, and will there be subsequent reproduction runs if is deemed successful?  Also would be interested if you have any specs available yet as to minimum radius capabilities?  I have a number of US based modeling friends interested as well if can run their curves.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard
  steambuff Station Master

Location: Research, Victoria
Hi to all on this forum,

Also a PBR fireman, I've requested two locos for myself, thinking 6A & 8A, maybe more?
Initially a display item, but want to make a working series of modules to run these On30 models, as well as my O scale R class. Me thinks a station and yard with both would look good. I've already acquired a miscellaneous bucket of On30 bits and pieces, and have a list of O scale gear to acquire.

Cheers all
Pete
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
I am of course glad people are interested in the model (being the maker of it...).
I am quite confident about the mech. I went with the factory I did for these partly because I have confidence in their ability for mechanisms.
I will put updates on line at http://www.haskellco.net/australian_on30_models as they become available. We should have painted, operating model pics on line within a week or two. I can't really reply to things as easily as usual since I am travelling these days and will only be back in Taiwan next week.
cheers,
Kieren
naguoning

Hi Kieren.

Is there any details around on how we can place an order/expressions of interest?

Cheers, Matt.
  danpickard Junior Train Controller

Location: Geelong
Matt,
You can place an expression/reserve with Brunel Hobbies, no payment required at this point.  Give Mary or John a call and they will grab some contact details from you.

Dan Pickard
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
Matt,
You can place an expression/reserve with Brunel Hobbies, no payment required at this point.  Give Mary or John a call and they will grab some contact details from you.

Dan Pickard
danpickard

Thanks Dan.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Thanks Dan.
G41
G41

I have directly replied to naguoning  but Brunel hobbies is equally easy to do.  Just email/pm away.......

Before anyone asks, I will not ask if the mech will be available to redo that BGM kit of many years ago...... Two new ones will do me ( so far) Wink  Besided a great modeller has virtually scratchbult the chassie etc for it so it will be a gem.

http://dth.railpage.org.au/pbr_emerald/index.html   is my eventual goal......

Regards,
David Head
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
Thanks David.

Will have to put in an order now of rolling stock with Ian Lindsay Models. Thinking a small layout of a station is in order. Platina has always been a favourite of mine!
  ditchlights Beginner

I was at Brunel Hobbies today.
Mary mentioned that rolling-stock for the NA was also part of the plan!!
  danpickard Junior Train Controller

Location: Geelong
Cool.  Glad to hear there is consideration to extend the associated range.  As long as they are better than the previous Redfern RTR pieces (which shouldn't be too hard), they would likely be welcomed by a good number of VR NG enthusiasts.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Given the NA  will be as preserved, I would think  if any RTR rollingstock to match would surly be the NBH ... we'll see !

Regards,
David Head
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
David, without sparking up an argument, the NA isn't just "as preserved". The NA can represent the 1950s style as well as today's. You can easily represent a train of goods cars behind one of these. That's what I plan on doing anyway.

And besides, PBR still have servicable goods stock on the Narrow Gauge.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

The reference to "as preserved" relates to the presence of the steam generator on the loco. These were only fitted in the preservation era, so any model representing 1950s (or earlier) will need to have the generator removed to be accurate. I suspect there will be other differences too - there have been quite a few changes in appearance in the years since preservation.
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
The reference to "as preserved" relates to the presence of the steam generator on the loco. These were only fitted in the preservation era, so any model representing 1950s (or earlier) will need to have the generator removed to be accurate. I suspect there will be other differences too - there have been quite a few changes in appearance in the years since preservation.
duttonbay

Understandable. But the point I'm making is that the Rolling Stock does not need to be "limited" to just NBH carriages.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
G41, on another list the producer did state the preserved market and non Australian orders are a big factor in sales and focus.

Us aussie modeller are benifiting as a result. So rollingstock for the masses, they would not be a unknown item ( to the public) hence my guess of the NBH to make a classic "puffing billy" train.

But  like many others I'd  like a NBH, have some excellant kits as it is, but also would like other goods stock too.

Regards,
David Head
  mattrawls Chief Train Controller

Location: Newport Workshops (Steamrail)
This is great news when I heard it from some guys at Caufield.

At the end of the day, someone is producing RTR Na which seems to be on a high standard and a ver good price. (One can remember the issues with the 1st run kit NAs from BGB)

People smeg and mone about the placement of the 'one little detail'. Personally I hope that if could be fixed but at the same time I totally understand if it can't and modellers will just slighty modify to back date the model to there hearts content.

This model will open the door to more RTR VR narrow gauge stock which is only a good thing for us modellers.
  mattrawls Chief Train Controller

Location: Newport Workshops (Steamrail)
Understandable. But the point I'm making is that the Rolling Stock does not need to be "limited" to just NBH carriages.
"G41"


I couldn't resist Matt.... Look its a Na with a turbo hauling a mixed freight! Haha

http://www.flickr.com/photos/46046969@N03/5047064782/
  danpickard Junior Train Controller

Location: Geelong
In terms of potential rolling stock options, if the tourist souvenir is a key market, then passenger cars it may be (after all, thats the likely memory they will want to take home, not a rusty old NQR!).  If the Na is pitched as a souvenir, then a cute little loco with a couple of NBH's in tow, either on a shelf or around a basic loop, may well be the better sales item.   Not many of those tourists will be catching a mixed!  The modellers on the other hand will quickly get bored with the passenger service on loop, and be more interested in some freight variety.  

Whether there is consideration to the other rolling stock items currently/previously on offer from ILM, who knows?  The difference is of course previous kit vs now a RTR option, so techincally speaking, a different product.  Regardless of all that, its still a pleasure to see something like this on the production table.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard
  mattrawls Chief Train Controller

Location: Newport Workshops (Steamrail)
also can be said with AMK, their NBH kits are fantastic, still hangining for a coupe of NC's
  danpickard Junior Train Controller

Location: Geelong
Yup, already have a few of those AMK NBH's on the bench, so the "tourist special" is taken care of.  A couple of NC's still required for the tail thougth Smile

Cheers,
Dan Pickard
  parksider Locomotive Driver

Any possibility of RTR HOn NA class locos (from any manufacturer) coming on the market?

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