This is probably yet another almost completely pointless thread from yours truly, but, well, whatever, here it is.
If this is a repeat of another thread ages ago, well, I couldn't find it.
I noticed not too long ago Bachmann UK had created a set of Epochs to match those used by most European manufacturers to denote the era in that a particular model was representing.
Epoch I - from 1835 – 1920
Epoch II - from 1920 – 1945
Epoch III - from 1945 to around 1970
Epoch IV - from around 1970 – 1985
Epoch V - from 1985 to near present
Epoch VI – modern day privatisation (?)
-These 'Epochs' vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer, but a generally similar, although not all of them seem to have an Epoch VI at the moment, but I'm not sure about that.
Bachmann went all out and created a much more detailed set of Era/Period ratings for the UK, as below;
Era/Period 1 1804-1875 - Pioneering
Era/Period 2 1875-1922 - Pre-Grouping
Era/Period 3 1923-1947 - The Big Four - LMS, GWR, LNER & SR
Era/Period 4 1948-1956 - British Railways Steam Era (Early Crest)
Era/Period 5 1957-1966 - British Railways (Late Crest)
Era/Period 6 1967-1971 - British Rail Corporate Pre -TOPS*
Era/Period 7 1971-1982 - British Rail Corporate Blue Post -TOPS*
Era/Period 8 1982-1994 - British Rail Sectorisation
Era/Period 9 1995 onwards - Post privatisation
For those that don't know, TOPS* was the British Rail computerised numbering system that involved renumbering every bit of rollingstock in British Rail. Eg. before TOPS diesels all were numbered D### something, and afterwards the 5 digit class numbers were created that British modellers and railfans know so well.
So, if you can't get where this is going, you will now. I doubt that Australian manufacturers will bother tracking eras in the same way, but I believe the practice does help newcomers to the modelling scene to easily work out what loco they need for their era, or what loco & what rollingstock goes with what.
So, here are my eras.
Era I 1855-1890 –Pioneer railways
Era II 1891-1923 –Growth and development of rail networks
Era III 1924-1949 –NSW renumbering & Webb era in SA to first diesels
Era IV 1950-1973 –Early diesels to end of steam era
Era V 1973-1978 –State owned government railways
Era VI 1978-1996 –AN era and introduction of four letter wagon codes
Era VII 1997-present –Privatisation
There is a bit of a NSW focus, but this is partly because;
A. There's more models from NSW available, and more modellers
B. These generally fit most state railways anyway, particularly with regard to dieselisation.
So, what do people think of these proposed Aussie Era's, would they be worthwhile using, would it be worthwhile suggesting to all of the Aussie manufacturers/importers?