Austrains G Class Diesel Loco - Upcoming 81 / G / BL

 
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

I am hoping someone, somewhere will take a pic or show us something so we can have an oggle.

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  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

I am hoping someone, somewhere will take a pic or show us something so we can have an oggle.
5711

More chance of that happening than Austrains posting some photos on their web page I suspect.
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

Well this weekend is the Corio show so lets hope that something pops up there.
Either way they will show up sooner or later.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Just wondering if anyone has been called by Austrains to confirm payment as mentioned in their 5th Jan news item? Haven't received anything yet but just wanted to check with the community before following up.

Cheers,
Ben
Indefatigable

A few reports on facebook confirm mailout of 'confirm your details' letters recently received. Each is personalised with that customers order details so it'll take time for all to be done, no need for panic stations yet. Panic when you read the letter, no sound models in the shipment, and not likely to be available in the second run either. Also some 81's & BL's delayed until second run.

If you can see the following pic then someone needs to learn how to set their facebook privacy settings correctly!
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

Thanks Poath
Cheers for the link and yes I can see the picture.
Nice we have something to look at now.

Initial thoughts - looks pretty nice. This is not a colour scheme I am thinking but you get the general idea.
Front end is captured well - looks like a G!
The cab windows have been improved and the spacing from earlier samples.

Can't wait for the 81's and BL's.

Again thanks for posting....
  Railwayfan Train Controller

Location: By a Railway
Did the numbers remain the smae or change? On the Austrians website, numbers were due to change for technical reasons. Looking forward to a BL and a G (possibly a second as well) running about the layout!
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

Something funny with the area above the windows. Looks like the number boards are too low and then has excessive blank area above them.

Paul
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Did the numbers remain the smae or change? On the Austrians website, numbers were due to change for technical reasons. Looking forward to a BL and a G (possibly a second as well) running about the layout!
Railwayfan

"The above numbers are subject to change for technical reasons" means "may change" not "will change". The order confirm letter (mailout underway now) does not indicate any numbers were cancelled, some liveries (from the 81's & BL's) are delayed but none cancelled at this stage.
  Railwayfan Train Controller

Location: By a Railway
Okay, I got the wording wrong but who cares. I have not got my confirmation letter as yet so I have not had the chance, hence I asked here. Anyway, sure look nice.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
you can buy a FA G from Austrainat the Corio show NOW!

and they had a display case this time, with samples of the 81, Bl G and the PL cars........ and there was a "S" wagon there too.

http://dth.railpage.org.au/dpgal/corio2014/gallery.htm

Regards,
David Head
  Railwayfan Train Controller

Location: By a Railway
But these ones are at $295.00 aren't they. I know this has been discussed, but for someone like me, I don't have a lot of money, although I have been saving. Look great and well worth the wait I think, since I placed my order 3 years ago. Not as bad as those who did 8 years ago though.

Also, ahead of what you were saying Poath, I did notice 539 isn't on the page but a photo provided by Dthead proves that it is a different number than announced.
  Dazz Deputy Commissioner

This might cause some chatter!!!!!

"tuscan 81 along with a few other models won’t be available in this run. Nor will sound locos (sound now unlikely to happen). Full details in the pre-order confirmation letter that is starting to make its way into peoples hands.

A scan of the letter can be found at:
http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1/1506585_10151607743487325_225978998_n.jpg
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
What's the rationale behind the Tuscan 81 and VR G?
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
What's the rationale behind the Tuscan 81 and VR G?
Raichase

Bob Cooke, who now owns  Bobs Hobbies, had a Brass 81 painted in Tuscan, and a unknown to me modeller did a similar thing with a G. Both annoyed the serious modellers of the day.

These days it proves a point not all colours  have to prototypical,  Americans have done it for years.

Me think it is a  great idea. PSM did a brass R as a vline for themselves, andmany would have loved one. Lots of other examples as well.

ME a Tuscan 81 would be nice Smile

Regards,
David Head
  Dazz Deputy Commissioner

ME a Tuscan 81 would be nice Smile

Regards,
David Head
"dthead"


Plenty of time to order one, they aren't coming now until the next production run later in the year!
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Bob Cooke, who now owns Bobs Hobbies, had a Brass 81 painted in Tuscan, and a unknown to me modeller did a similar thing with a G. Both annoyed the serious modellers of the day.

These days it proves a point not all colours have to prototypical, Americans have done it for years.
dthead

David,

Thanks for your response - makes sense, I was just wondering if the market was there for it! I can understand a modeller making a project out of converting an existing locomotive to a "what if" colour scheme or operator, I just didn't realise there was enough of a demand to churn out RTR models in such colour schemes. Hey, if it generates interest, why not? As for it ruffling the feathers of the community, then I'm right behind it! If I pay $300 odd for a model, why shouldn't it look the way I want it, not the way everyone else does?
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Also, ahead of what you were saying Poath, I did notice 539 isn't on the page but a photo provided by Dthead proves that it is a different number than announced.
Railwayfan

You can also see another unannounced livery - G532 in PN livery is in the display case.
  Titfield Locomotive Fireman

You can also see another unannounced livery - G532 in PN livery is in the display case.

Sadly G532 is not even owned by PN little alone painted in that livery!
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

I have sent in an order for a 81/G class all ive got back is an automated response that thanks me and Austrains will be in contact with ne shortly ? anyone else in this situation . But funnily enough it is addressed to me by my name but its automated!
  Henry Herby

Location: Victoria
Sadly G532 is not even owned by PN little alone painted in that livery!
Titfield



G532 was in fact painted into Pacific National livery
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Sadly G532 is not even owned by PN little alone painted in that livery!
Titfield
Maybe not owned by PN any more, but it did wear the PN livery for a while before being sold to SCT.

Not my photo:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lowndesj515/7693412624/
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
For those still doubting the authenticity of G532 in PN blue livery... (Image courtesy Rod Williams / railpictures.net)
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

I notice the National Rail scheme has been deleted from the order form , I think it has been a slow ordered loco and will be excluded from their range . I cannot see any other reason to remove it from the 81 and BL order forms.Sad.  my guess hope im wrong
  wat700 Junior Train Controller

Location: Richmond, NSW
I notice the National Rail scheme has been deleted from the order form , I think it has been a slow ordered loco and will be excluded from their range . I cannot see any other reason to remove it from the 81 and BL order forms.Sad. my guess hope im wrong
anzac1959


Anzac - if you look at the post by Dazz further up the page you'll see a link to letter sent by Austrains to customers.

DazzThis might cause some chatter!!!!!


"tuscan 81 along with a few other models won’t be available in this run. Nor will sound locos (sound now unlikely to happen). Full details in the pre-order confirmation letter that is starting to make its way into peoples hands.

A scan of the letter can be found at:
http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1/1506585_10151607743487325_225978998_n.jpg

Amongst other things it advises that several schemes (including NR for 81s and BLs) have been delayed until a production run later in the year. So you should still get them in NR! Very Happy

Cheers,

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