The other interesting thing is if any of the Austrains diesels have had any of the same issues as they too were a large client of SDK with their range of models especially the diesel runs.
I I have replaced two Austrains wheel sets thus far using the Trainorama replacement wheel sets. But to be honest, I
interchange bogies and wheel sets, so I am not even sure that is true.
But the important bit that our contributors here are missing with their selective reading is....
IT WAS A SANDAKAN problem..... TRAINORAMA got in spares and long after warranty was over, provided replacements at a small cost to fix the problem! Today you can still buy replacement axles from Bob's
Walthers Proto 2000(?) models also suffered the same problem and production of certain US models were curtailed whilst the problem was fixed.
NWSL produced a high quality delrin gear set as a replacement gear for ALL SandaKan product (But it was very expensive)
US models were very quickly fixed and no longer suffer this problem and I feel fairly certain that if SANDAKAN still existed, their product would be ok as well.
Moving old dies (from SandaKan) to new factories may exasperate the problem, or fix it. In manufacturing Industries small plastic parts are cleaned and stored in bulk bins, going on pictures released from China. Its possible that a short term problem might be perpetuated because the bins are never ever emptied, and improved gears got mixed with bad gears? Just thinking out loud. Wondering if Sanda Kan passed on the faulty US gears to dumb Aussies, just like Regal Way passed on faulty DCC chips to another Aussie Importer?? Just saying.
All importers do their utmost to provide good product, we on Railpage seem to do our best to knock them down. Some of you people should have gone through the EPOXY "poxy" era when we had nothing, to appreciate the "glory" days we are experiencing now. Although we may not agree with everything (including price
), at least we should give them credit for putting up the money so that we can all share in such diversity