I am assuming thats excluding the candy 81's....
Got my PL cars yesterday and pretty happy with them. Not sure whether I will change the roof vents, but if that's all that is wrong with them, I am happy.
Spoke to John on Tuesday and was told the 81 Class in Candy had arrived been inspected and failed. It appears that Austrains signed off on each model with each livery applied to the correct bodies, and the factory stuffed up once again.
It appears that body changes between each livery were paid for and the factory have inserts that they need to change to properly represent each version, prior to moulding the bodies. The candy version has the wrong engine room doors (?) and does not properly represent any model (Combination of other changes?)
So the factory has been contacted and arrangements have been made to rerun them.... However over 200 customers have been contacted and told of the error and offered a factory discount to sugar a deal, and almost every one have accepted the NQR Candy 81 (Including me After all it is going to be better than the Powrline ones, isn't it?) (You would have to worry that the proper run may now not be done? How many customers are going to be left for the correct version?)
My own thoughts on Chinese Sanda Kan.
SandaKan is the culprit again It appears they caused the trouble, after being taken over by Bachman. It seems that their Engineers all worked and got employed in Hong Kong. Bachman decided that Mainland Chinese were paid less and told their Hong Kong Engineers to shift, and they refused. New Engineers have got to learn the job...
Then after CNY 2014, the SandaKan employees went on strike http://www.amrc.org.hk/node/1368
Within 2 months the Army was moved in and every employee sitting in at the plant was physically removed by a reported 1000 Officers ??
The Factories (multiple address' were all closed down and a new Factory was opened up about 10 KM away. Employees were not offered jobs (in general) and new employees are hard to find.
The factory reportedly is in turmoil, still.
Austrains are trapped to a certain extent by their dies (Suitable for use with Sandakan machines but not newer machines being used by other factories. Other factories have no room for new customers or unable to do the job.
No wonder JE wants to sell
I think its only with many years of experience that JE has learned how to handle the last 5 or 6 years, and a lesser man might have given up and walked, a long time ago. Although constant delays and errors could turn one against Austrains, I really believe they need a few positive comments for doing as well as they have for so long.