On Track Models - Victorian 40' Vans Are On Their Way

 
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Hi All,

Just a quick note to say that our new Victorian 40' Vans have left China and are on their way to Port Botany.

Delivery into Port Botany is expected towards the end of the month.

However the Christmas break may impact on the shipments transit through Customs.

At this stage we'd anticipate sending out the orders on hand in the second week of January.

Not too far off now.

The On Track Models Team

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  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Hi All,

We've placed some photos on our Blog, Facebook, and Flickr pages of our new Victorian Vans.

http://ontrackmodels.blogspot.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/On-Track-Models/194547763973725

http://www.flickr.com/photos/on_track_models/

We'll update these pages with more photos of our new vans over the next few days.

The On Track Models Team
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

I cannot find any prototype info on the railex BLX van . Year / where it ran etc . Trying to see if I have a need for one .
Tia
  a6et Minister for Railways

I cannot find any prototype info on the railex BLX van . Year / where it ran etc . Trying to see if I have a need for one .
Tia
anzac1959
BLX means it was suitable for bogie exchange, & as the SG opened into NSW in 62, you can be safe in adding them to your roster, if you are modelling the 60's transition period in NSW.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
I cannot find any prototype info on the railex BLX van . Year / where it ran etc . Trying to see if I have a need for one .
Tia
anzac1959
You'll find some prototype notes at http://www.auscisionmodels.com.au/BLX%20Louvered%20Van.htm
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
In the old 3 letter codes in most cases anything that had X as the last letter denoted that it could be bogie exchanged to whatever gauge was required. Even QR had some bogie wagons that could have been bogie exchanged if needed but I don't know if it was ever done though.
  M636C Minister for Railways

I cannot find any prototype info on the railex BLX van . Year / where it ran etc . Trying to see if I have a need for one .
Tia
anzac1959
Looking at the lettering on the Railex van it would date to January 1970 exactly.

It is lettered for the inaugural train from Sydney to Perth via Broken Hill (although since it refers to Adelaide, bogie exchange in Port Pirie would have been required). The train ran in the first week of January, if I recall correctly. I sneaked off from work to see the train (triple 421 to Canterbury, triple 46 to Lithgow...) I was a bit taken aback to recognise myself on a large photo on the front page of the "Australian" next morning.

That particular train never made it, since the SAR crews went on strike and the train was redirected via Stockinbingal and Melbourne (and double bogie exchange). Even worse, when the train got back just West of Broken Hill on the return journey, it derailed. I remember seeing the specially lettered double deck car carriers in the dirt beside the track later in January.

Assuming that the BLX wasn't damaged, it may have run for months with that lettering, or it might have been removed. I think 1970 predates adhesive vinyl lettering, so it would probably have needed repainting.

M636C
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

Looking at the lettering on the Railex van it would date to January 1970 exactly.

It is lettered for the inaugural train from Sydney to Perth via Broken Hill (although since it refers to Adelaide, bogie exchange in Port Pirie would have been required). The train ran in the first week of January, if I recall correctly. I sneaked off from work to see the train (triple 421 to Canterbury, triple 46 to Lithgow...) I was a bit taken aback to recognise myself on a large photo on the front page of the "Australian" next morning.

That particular train never made it, since the SAR crews went on strike and the train was redirected via Stockinbingal and Melbourne (and double bogie exchange). Even worse, when the train got back just West of Broken Hill on the return journey, it derailed. I remember seeing the specially lettered double deck car carriers in the dirt beside the track later in January.

Assuming that the BLX wasn't damaged, it may have run for months with that lettering, or it might have been removed. I think 1970 predates adhesive vinyl lettering, so it would probably have needed repainting.

M636C
M636C

Thanks M636C that's most of what info I was after so ,  their was only one Railex van it only ran west? and in 1970
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Thanks there M636C for the info.

It helps fill in a few gaps.

Speaking to a couple of older hands the other day from both Parkes & Sydney Depots they recounted a similar story.

A copy of the link to an image of this wagon is at Peter J Vincents wonderful website.

http://www.pjv101.net

Clicking on an image search of the photos and entering BLX 86 will bring up two photos of the van in question.

As far as we know only one was painted for the trip, and we are unaware of a repaint date.

Interestingly under the Stephens Railex logo in cream is a small white VR logo.

Once again many thanks for your help,

The On Track Models Team
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
By the way additional photos have been added to all three of our image sites.

http://ontrackmodels.blogspot.com.au/


https://www.facebook.com/pages/On-Track ... 7763973725


http://www.flickr.com/photos/on_track_models/

Enjoy,

The website will be updated in the next couple of days,

The On Track Models Team
  M636C Minister for Railways



Interestingly under the Stephens Railex logo in cream is a small white VR logo.

ontrackmodels
I assume that the VR logo was that applied to the van as part of its standard scheme.

That would provide another model option (small VR logo on standard red-brown).

I actually spent some time with Phil Curnow (credited with the original photo) in Adelaide on my trip in January 1970.

He must have been in Melbourne to take the photo in Dynon, and it may have been on the original trip westward or the return.

M636C
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Hi M636C,

I'd guess you're right about the logo being part of the standard scheme.

We've also produced the following packs with VR logos.

SBL-02 has an extra small VR Logo on a single van BLX 25.

BLX-01 has 3 vans with the small VR Logo on the doors.

BLX-02 has 3 vans with the medium VR Logo on the doors.

BLX-03 has 3 vans with the large VR Logo on the sides.

VBBX-01 has 3 vans with the large VR Logo on the sides.

VLX-01 has 1 van with a small VR Logo and 2 Vans with the medium sized VR Logo on the doors.

VLX-02 has 3 vans with the large VR Logo on the sides.

VLCX-01 has 3 vans with the large VR Logo on the sides.

Hopefully we've got everything covered.

The On Track Models Team
  Arthur323 Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Vic
I doubt the photo of BLX 86 on PJVs site was taken at Dynon as noted on the photo.
If you look at the full image, neither of the car rego plates visible on the EJ Holden's are Victorian. Are they South Australian?
  SA_trains Deputy Commissioner

Location: ACT
I doubt the photo of BLX 86 on PJVs site was taken at Dynon as noted on the photo.
If you look at the full image, neither of the car rego plates visible on the EJ Holden's are Victorian. Are they South Australian?
Arthur323

I have no idea if the photo was at Dynon or not, but the rego plates are South Australian...
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I would say that it is at Mile End, alongside the inwards and outwards goods sheds there, as there were several private sidings in this area that served several transport company sheds there. Brambles had one there as did Stephen's/Railex from memory. These were just nestled into a corner of the yard there. This was the other side of the bridge from the Mile End Diesel depot!
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Hi All,

Just a quick note to let you know that our shipment of Victorian 40' Vans is currently being processed through the wharfs and customs.

We should have a better idea of a delivery date to our warehouse mid next week.

We'll keep you informed,

The On Track Models Team
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Hi All,

Just a quick update.

They're here.....

The Victorian 40' Vans arrived at our warehouse just on lunchtime today.

By the close of business, well by the time Australia Post has to shut anyway, we'd taken 3 fully loaded Utes to the post office full of parcels to be send out.

We'll be working our way through the rest of the orders over the weekend to have them all out by Tuesday.

Ian at Hobbyland in Hornsby NSW, Gary at Model Railroad Craftsman, Blacktown NSW, and Kevin at Airport West Hobbies, Airport West Vic. should have their stock by mid to late next week.

Other hobby shops are to follow in the near future and we'll keep you updated on when they should get theirs.

By early next week we should be able to give an update on which packs are getting low on stock as more order are still coming in.

All in all, a busy, tiring but rewarding day.

The On Track Models Team
  ajbrown Junior Train Controller

Well done OTM guys and gal for keeping us all in the loop.

Allan Brown
  Iain Chief Commissioner

Location: Concord, NSW
Well they have made it as far as Burwood, NSW and they look very nice with their opening doors and detailed interiors and near scale couplers and wheels.

Iain
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Hi All,

The last of the Victorian 40' Van pre-orders were dispatched late Tuesday afternoon marking the end of a few hectic days at the warehouse.

Most everyone should have received their orders by now and we've had some great feedback.

Everyone we've spoken to has praised the highly detailed bodies and interiors.

They've also mentioned the great running qualities and been grateful for the factory installed Genuine Kadee Couplers.

We'll update you later on which packs were the most popular and on which ones we're running low on.


Hobbyland at Hornsby, Model Railroad Craftsman at Blacktown, and Airport West Hobbies at Airport West have all received stock of our new Victorian 40' Vans and are now on sale.


We'd also like to welcome Orient Express Model Railways to our dealer network and they should get their stock shortly.



The On Track Models Team
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

Hi All,

The last of the Victorian 40' Van pre-orders were dispatched late Tuesday afternoon marking the end of a few hectic days at the warehouse.

Most everyone should have received their orders by now and we've had some great feedback.

Everyone we've spoken to has praised the highly detailed bodies and interiors.

They've also mentioned the great running qualities and been grateful for the factory installed Genuine Kadee Couplers.

We'll update you later on which packs were the most popular and on which ones we're running low on.


Hobbyland at Hornsby, Model Railroad Craftsman at Blacktown, and Airport West Hobbies at Airport West have all received stock of our new Victorian 40' Vans and are now on sale.


We'd also like to welcome Orient Express Model Railways to our dealer network and they should get their stock shortly.



The On Track Models Team
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