Sandown Model Train Show

 
  trainguy84 Junior Train Controller

Hi Guys & Gals

Anyone got any pictures or information from the show?

Did Auscision have any unannounced models in their display cabinets?

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  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Hi Guys & Gals

Anyone got any pictures or information from the show?

Did Auscision have any unannounced models in their display cabinets?
trainguy84

I didn't notice anything special, the main item in the cabinet was the Sydney V sets.

Was happy to pick up a fully functional Candy XPT loco from the bargain bin for $150.

A new part of the show was the upstairs area which held some RC cars and planes but also Hearns Hobbies, Airport West and SEM.  Getting in there was a pain with the meccano stand in the small entryway.

That also had the effect of making downstairs look a little less crowded than previously. It's strange not seeing Austrains or Eureka there and apparently SDS had some transport problems that made their stand look very empty early on at least.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Austrains & Eureka have never attended Sandown as they don't fit the "all products must be available to all hobby shops" criteria set down by the event organisers.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Austrains & Eureka have never attended Sandown as they don't fit the "all products must be available to all hobby shops" criteria set down by the event organisers.
Poath Junction

Of course you're right.  I forgot all about that policy.
  G Train Locomotive Driver

Auscision had their unpainted 48 & 442 class samples along with A66 in the current VLP livery on their top shelf. However in front of them were two unpainted cars that looked to me like a VB or VC Commodore and an XE or XF Falcon... I hope someone else may have seen them too and can confirm if the second car was indeed a Falcon.

I really enjoyed looking at and chatting to the operators of Wyee and had a last look at Gordon which is being exhibited for the last time according to the guide.

It's $15 entry this year (can't remember last year's price) but spreading to the 1st floor certainly made it easier to get around. I wonder if the organisers are thinking about having all exhibitors downstairs and retailers upstairs next year? It would be interesting to see who spends time where? Then again, I guess having retailers or 2nd hand stalls close to operating layouts may entice some people to take a first time plunge into this great hobby.

I think larger signs directing people to the 1st floor would help, but noticed staff were busy asking and reminding people to visit the first floor. I got asked about 3 times during my 3 hour visit.

Cheers,
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
The other thing i noticed was upstairs had model remote control planes meccano, and outside had remote control trucks etc. The model planes and meccano i don't believe were at the show last year, certainly the trucks etc out the front of the pavilion were.

It appears to me that Sandown is becoming bigger than just model trains and the related items etc. I was there about 2pm, and I must say it didn't appear to be as busy as i've known in the past. The only new thing to tickle a Victorians taste buds IMHO was the arrival of the SDS tankers, and the pre painted samples on the Auscision stand. I collected some brochures of upcoming releases from both Auscision and Southern Rail - perhaps another double up there?? Not that it bothers me.

Aside from that, some really good layouts with a good mix of rollingstock. First time in a good while i didn't actually spend some money at one of these expos. Had there been a release of something new other than what I've got on order, I'm sure that would have influenced my spending, and perhaps crowd numbers too??

Regards
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.

The Ford & Holden were announced a year ago. Full details on facebook (go back to April 2016 posts)
  G Train Locomotive Driver

Yes, that's correct Poath. These cars aren't unannounced but it's the first time I've seen the samples in person. They didn't get a mention in Auscision's Feb update, but I guess there were other projects in that category too. I suppose it's a reminder that they are still coming.
Cheers,
  Iain Chief Commissioner

Location: Concord, NSW
Was there any news of the new Powerline AS/BS coaches?

Cheers

Iain
  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

What radio controlled models were on display as my daughter is quite into radio controlled planes.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
@Michelle12 advises me today she attended the show and commented there was not a lot of specials around  but the RC display was quite interesting.
  Bills_Billboards Chief Commissioner

Sunday they had the market day traders area and Remote control air craft and races on the main straight and at 4.45 an announcement was made Exhibition is closing in 15 minutes please finalize all purchases and get out was put over the PA system lol
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
The splitting of the exhibition was a good move, and it seemed to make the place easier to get around and less crowded. I particularly liked the mini airshow put on outside at the track (see video). A few layouts there that I'd seen a number of times before but overall it wasn't too bad.



https://youtu.be/YqcVlJ37Wyc
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
And now that it's finally uploaded, the video of the exhibition itself...



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjPoGGD7Ri0&feature=youtu.be
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.


A huge 1/12th scale RC B-36 dwarfs the other RC places at Sandown.
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
It would be interesting to know what the attendance figures were like over the 3 days compared to last year's. Like AMRA at Caulfield they upped the admittance fee to $15.
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Was there any news of the new Powerline AS/BS coaches?

Cheers

Iain
Iain
Oh sorry Iain,
I missed your post.

Their were samples of the AS cars. in red undercoat and I was told a painted one was there, however I did not see it.
I would say Ian Comport must have been let loose on this model, because it is superior to the ones it replaces. A bit of grumbling about how they will be released. That is not all models will arrive in May, and Powerline will frustrate the hell out of us like they usually do. I might be wrong, but it appears the 30's SOP cars will be first, but not all the carriage versions. I can see the V/Line tea cups arriving in 2020, closely followed by modern V/Line versions about 2030, long after I have my last lie down.
The under gear, interiors. metal RP25's as well as close coupled KD's clean side roof without casting joins looked nice.

So the models (at least some of them) are in production now, as the factory winds up from New Year hang overs. and expected soon (longer than 6 weeks and most probably a lot longer Ha Ha )
Cheers
Rod
  Radioman Chief Train Controller

Hello All,

I think $15- is a reasonable ask these days . From the Ausicision bargain bin I purchased a packet of 3 vent van bodies( 4w ) and 3 RY opens , they went quick . I then went upstairs and Steam Era willingly sold me the bits to make the bodies a runner , fortunately they had all the bits required.

I enjoyed the layouts, reasonable selection of scale , gauge and prototype . In reality there is a dearth of available new exhibition layouts , so I think the selection was quite good in that regard.

Models N More had a very nice Winton style rail bridge on display , great for NSW and UK modellers.

All in all I thought it was value for money and I enjoyed it , and like most of us spent as much time talking to friends as I did viewing the layouts.

The use of upstairs was good, and even though I am not a RC fan I did enjoy the displays and the Meccano , so broadening the show is a good feature in my view.

On the recommendation of this site I also went to Kyneton on Labour Day Monday and I really enjoyed that as well. Even the substitution Road Motor Coach was express SSS to KYN and return

Best wishes and regards Radioman
  Ardglen Junior Train Controller

Evening everyone,
Thanks for the pictures & video; does anyone have any more pictures/details of the "Vale of Whitehorse" layout?
Thanks & regards
Andrew
  mistered Beginner

Hi Andrew,

I have a few shots from my phone which I've posted on a google album here... Vale of Whitehorse
















Cheers, John.
  M636C Minister for Railways

Was there any news of the new Powerline AS/BS coaches?

Cheers

Iain
Oh sorry Iain,
I missed your post.

Their were samples of the AS cars. in red undercoat and I was told a painted one was there, however I did not see it.
I would say Ian Comport must have been let loose on this model, because it is superior to the ones it replaces. A bit of grumbling about how they will be released. That is not all models will arrive in May, and Powerline will frustrate the hell out of us like they usually do. I might be wrong, but it appears the 30's SOP cars will be first, but not all the carriage versions. I can see the V/Line tea cups arriving in 2020, closely followed by modern V/Line versions about 2030, long after I have my last lie down.
The under gear, interiors. metal RP25's as well as close coupled KD's clean side roof without casting joins looked nice.

So the models (at least some of them) are in production now, as the factory winds up from New Year hang overs. and expected soon (longer than 6 weeks and most probably a lot longer Ha Ha )
Cheers
Rod
comtrain
My understanding is that the blue and gold Spirit cars being released first are the VFS and VFX cars that ran in the standard gauge Spirit from 1962 until 1986. These were contemporary with the Tangerine cars on the broad gauge lettered for V/Line, and one of those (grey roof green stripe) is being relased at the same time, if you can believe the announcements.

Clearly there is an advantage to releasing cars that ran in NSW on standard gauge first.

I'm not sure whether the 1930s broad gauge cars or the 1960s broad gauge cars (different lettering styles) are next, but both of these are planned.

Peter
  Ardglen Junior Train Controller

Thanks John,
I appreciate the photos. I have a soft spot for the GWR and this is a particularly nice looking layout.
Kind regards
Andrew
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Was there any news of the new Powerline AS/BS coaches?

Cheers

Iain
Oh sorry Iain,
I missed your post.

Their were samples of the AS cars. in red undercoat and I was told a painted one was there, however I did not see it.
I would say Ian Comport must have been let loose on this model, because it is superior to the ones it replaces. A bit of grumbling about how they will be released. That is not all models will arrive in May, and Powerline will frustrate the hell out of us like they usually do. I might be wrong, but it appears the 30's SOP cars will be first, but not all the carriage versions. I can see the V/Line tea cups arriving in 2020, closely followed by modern V/Line versions about 2030, long after I have my last lie down.
The under gear, interiors. metal RP25's as well as close coupled KD's clean side roof without casting joins looked nice.

So the models (at least some of them) are in production now, as the factory winds up from New Year hang overs. and expected soon (longer than 6 weeks and most probably a lot longer Ha Ha )
Cheers
Rod
My understanding is that the blue and gold Spirit cars being released first are the VFS and VFX cars that ran in the standard gauge Spirit from 1962 until 1986. These were contemporary with the Tangerine cars on the broad gauge lettered for V/Line, and one of those (grey roof green stripe) is being relased at the same time, if you can believe the announcements.

Clearly there is an advantage to releasing cars that ran in NSW on standard gauge first.

I'm not sure whether the 1930s broad gauge cars or the 1960s broad gauge cars (different lettering styles) are next, but both of these are planned.

Peter
M636C
Peter,
you are likely right. Ian was hassled by others whilst I was there, and I listened in, but did not speak directly. I thought one who complained was arguing the 62 version cars should be run first, inferring (to my thinking)the Steam era cars were being done. I probably got it wrong, and yes it would be a good way to go. Now lets see if Auscision actually do drop the AZ cars on the market as a lovely surprise in August or soon (TM) after Ha Ha  Peter Donaghy will be pleased if that does happen
Cheers
Rod
(my first unfounded rumor for 2017, although not mine, if came from a mate in Sydney)
Rod
  trainguy84 Junior Train Controller

Hi


Did anyone have a close up look of the A66 in Vline MKIII livery?
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.


A66 as displayed at Sandown. The model will not be 100% accurate, the missing ditch lights being an example. It'd cost around $50000 to retool the body + chassis and design a new circuit board.

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