Coming back to Australian Modeling after 8 years what have I missed?

 
  DL50 Beginner

Hi,

As the title suggests I am just coming back to modelling an Australian prototype after giving up and modelling British while waiting for the trainorama GMs. My main interest is South Australian (AN era) standard and broad (North and suburban) lines in the late 80s.

I have had a quick look around the internet at websites like Auscision, Austrains and SDS through to inspirational layouts like Barcoola, johnnys page, comrails etc and put together a list of locos and railcars that would be of interest to me, I was just wondering if there is anything major I have missed either kit or RTR.

Locos

500 Ozrail (got one of these)

600 ???? (I see Auscision did a 45 but not a 600 L)

700 Austrains (will get a 2nd hand one)

800 built a BGB one back in the day so all good.

830 Trainorama and Auscision got one of each and will get more in subsequent runs if I can

930 Trainorama got several of these but could be tempted by a couple more if another run was done.

AL ????? nothing that I can see. This would be very handy model for me.

BL Austrains and Auscision I think I will get an Auscision one when they come out

CL Austrains got one of these but would get a couple more (I guess 2nd hand is the best bet)

DL Austrains got several of these

EL Auscision got 1 and that is all I need as their introduction is the end of my timeframe

GM Trainorama got 3 but could use 3-4 more in the GM12-36 range

Railcars

Bluebirds ???? BGB used to make these but never seemed available

Bud/CB I understand Rapido did one but I have a modified US one so no probs there

Red Hens SAR Model co kit, have built 4 and have 2 to go

Jumbo ????? difficult/impossible to model suburban Adelaide in the last 40 years without these

3000/3100 poxbox ???? likewise difficult to model Adelaide in the last 30 years without these

Interstate classes operating in SA 1989/90
X Austrains got 2
S Trainorama
G Austrains
C Austrains
N Auscision got 1
80 Austrains





Any suggestions or alternatives especially in regard to the AL,600, Bluebird and 2000/2100 would be great. In the mean time I will have a look at what rolling stock is out there.

Cheers

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  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
The topic of problematic manufacture etc has raised its head a bit in the past few years while you were away and I am only mentioning it as I see you have noted you have a 930 Trainorama. Ditto for the 44 class and some others from Trainorama and it seems other locos from the same place that built the 930 Trainorama. Seems a manufacturer rather than a Trainorama problem. Clicking noises in the bogies and associated areas. There a few threads on this such as the following

   https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11385120.htm

and https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11385978.htm
  DL50 Beginner

The topic of problematic manufacture etc has raised its head a bit in the past few years while you were away and I am only mentioning it as I see you have noted you have a 930 Trainorama. Ditto for the 44 class and some others from Trainorama and it seems other locos from the same place that built the 930 Trainorama. Seems a manufacturer rather than a Trainorama problem. Clicking noises in the bogies and associated areas. There a few threads on this such as the following

   https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11385120.htm

and https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11385978.htm
petan
Thanks for that, I will give my 930s, GMs and 830 a run to check them out.

cheers
  SA_trains Deputy Commissioner

Location: ACT
Welcome back!

Strath Hobbies, retailed through End of the line hobbies, have a jumbo kit. I haven't made it so can't attest to it in anyway.

Strath also have a lot of rolling stock kits. The best is their FB flat wagon kit. A really nice model. However, most kits are resin kits made from 3D printed masters which often show the 3D "build lines".

Good luck,

Dan
  denis500 Locomotive Driver

DL50,

Junction Models may still have Bluebirds by Noel Potter. Wayside Wagons recently announced the ultimate Bluebird on their facebook page. Trainbuilder is trying to get sufficient orders to do a brass model.

Auscision have just posted a teaser photo on their facebook page suggesting a new model is in this photo. The locos shown are 44, 600 and 422. They have done the 422 which leaves the 44 and 600. Of course they could be doing a diesel loco servicing facility. You can see this on Railpage under the ongoing Auscision topic.

No chinese produced AL so far.

Denis
  DL50 Beginner

Welcome back!

Strath Hobbies, retailed through End of the line hobbies, have a jumbo kit. I haven't made it so can't attest to it in anyway.

Strath also have a lot of rolling stock kits. The best is their FB flat wagon kit. A really nice model. However, most kits are resin kits made from 3D printed masters which often show the 3D "build lines".

Good luck,

Dan
SA_trains
Cheers for that I had forgot about them. I had a look at their website and it seems they have taken over where BGB left off. I built a few of their stone hoppers back in the day and found them a bit crude but was impressed with a two cell cement wagon of theirs back then. Looks like they have an interesting range AQEY2-packs and AMBX are certainly on my list. Odd with the Jumbos as they seem to do a trailer (2100) but not a powercar (2000) I guess I will investigate further.

Thanks heaps.
  DL50 Beginner

DL50,

Junction Models may still have Bluebirds by Noel Potter. Wayside Wagons recently announced the ultimate Bluebird on their facebook page. Trainbuilder is trying to get sufficient orders to do a brass model.

Auscision have just posted a teaser photo on their facebook page suggesting a new model is in this photo. The locos shown are 44, 600 and 422. They have done the 422 which leaves the 44 and 600. Of course they could be doing a diesel loco servicing facility. You can see this on Railpage under the ongoing Auscision topic.

No chinese produced AL so far.

Denis
denis500
Looks like I came back at just the right time 600 announced today! Thanks for the heads up on the bluebirds.

Cheers
  sm-at-eden Station Master

Hi,

As the title suggests I am just coming back to modelling an Australian prototype after giving up and modelling British while waiting for the trainorama GMs. My main interest is South Australian (AN era) standard and broad (North and suburban) lines in the late 80s.

I have had a quick look around the internet at websites like Auscision, Austrains and SDS through to inspirational layouts like Barcoola, johnnys page, comrails etc and put together a list of locos and railcars that would be of interest to me, I was just wondering if there is anything major I have missed either kit or RTR.

Locos

500 Ozrail (got one of these)

600 ???? (I see Auscision did a 45 but not a 600 L)

700 Austrains (will get a 2nd hand one)

800 built a BGB one back in the day so all good.

830 Trainorama and Auscision got one of each and will get more in subsequent runs if I can

930 Trainorama got several of these but could be tempted by a couple more if another run was done.

AL ????? nothing that I can see. This would be very handy model for me.

BL Austrains and Auscision I think I will get an Auscision one when they come out

CL Austrains got one of these but would get a couple more (I guess 2nd hand is the best bet)

DL Austrains got several of these

EL Auscision got 1 and that is all I need as their introduction is the end of my timeframe

GM Trainorama got 3 but could use 3-4 more in the GM12-36 range

Railcars

Bluebirds ???? BGB used to make these but never seemed available

Bud/CB I understand Rapido did one but I have a modified US one so no probs there

Red Hens SAR Model co kit, have built 4 and have 2 to go

Jumbo ????? difficult/impossible to model suburban Adelaide in the last 40 years without these

3000/3100 poxbox ???? likewise difficult to model Adelaide in the last 30 years without these

Interstate classes operating in SA 1989/90
X Austrains got 2
S Trainorama
G Austrains
C Austrains
N Auscision got 1
80 Austrains





Any suggestions or alternatives especially in regard to the AL,600, Bluebird and 2000/2100 would be great. In the mean time I will have a look at what rolling stock is out there.

Cheers
DL50
I note that you have not included the AN Class of locomotives.  They are available from Auscision and many of their outlets across the country.
  lkernan Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne

I note that you have not included the AN Class of locomotives.  They are available from Auscision and many of their outlets across the country.
sm-at-eden
If the EL is the end of his timeframe then the AN's are a little too late.
  DJPeters Assistant Commissioner

Auscision is going to do the 600 class diesel the order forms are up. You have multiple choices as well.

http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/600%20Class%20Locomotive.htm
  DL50 Beginner

I note that you have not included the AN Class of locomotives.  They are available from Auscision and many of their outlets across the country.
sm-at-eden
Hi Sm-at-eden,

as Ikernan said the AN is outside of my timeframe as is the CLP/CLF/ALF/BU/DA and CK although not the windhoff shunters Laughing  that I neglected to note in my original post (has anybody ever modeled those?). Thanks for the information however.

Cheers
  DL50 Beginner

Auscision is going to do the 600 class diesel the order forms are up. You have multiple choices as well.

http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/600%20Class%20Locomotive.htm
DJPeters
Yes I noticed that and the new run of Traino 930s seems I have come back at the right time. It will be interesting to see if anyone adds the double skin roof AC and extra side window to the 600s.

I have been really surprised by the amount of RTR CR/SAR/AN rolling stock now on offer (although much currently sold out) flats, multiple container flat types, car carriers, multiple opens, cattle wagons, grain hoppers, tankers and multiple vans. Just need some stone hoppers, AQJY 5 packs and ATMX tankers and I will be happy LaughingWink. Oh and some Jumbos of course!

Cheers

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