Eureka Blog Update

 
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Eureka Times issue 35 has been sent to those on the email list.  Mostly details of re-run and known new models, only new model confirmation is:

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The next in the Eureka Models 12 wheeler series will be The Commissioner’s Train comprised of three carriages AAH7, AAH8 and AAH9. This will be followed by The Royal Train comprised of a mixture of both 12 wheelers and HUB car carriages. The Commissioners Train is due for delivery in 2021.
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  noirilae Station Master

How do you get on this mailing list?

I went to their website hoping there may still be a way to sign up, even though it’s not updated anymore I thought there may still be a page for it.

Also did it mention that the C38 rerun has been delayed indefinitely until COVID ends or did it set a month?
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
To be added to the newsletter mail list just send a request to their contact address: eureka.m@bigpond.net.au
38 rerun is noted as most parts have been injected but covid19 has caused painting delays.
  gunzel42 Locomotive Driver

Can anyone definitively advise if Eureka Models still operating?

Last website update 8 July 2016
Last Eureka Times Newsletter Issue 31 August 2016.

I have been unsuccessful in contacting them through the email address on their Website (no reply) or by phone and am still waiting for delivery of $1628.00 product.


Blog indicates the all VR bogie S flat wagons, the E bogie open wagons would be fulfilled by 15 November 2019.
No parcels have been received.
VRT327
Given the track record of Eureka in terms of late delivery and lack of communications, I won't be pre-purchasing from them as I'm sure it will be cheaper to take the hit of paying at the time at my local model shop rather than than them having my money for an overly extended time way beyond what they initially predict.  And that it pre coronavirus which just adds to the delays.  Yes I might miss out on the model I want, but I won't lose sleep about money I have given them and has not yet resulted in the promised model.  Eureka needs to do better if it expects rail modellers to pre-pay either in full or a deposit as Eureka's current reputation makes it a dubious choice for either.
  a6et Minister for Railways

To be added to the newsletter mail list just send a request to their contact address: eureka.m@bigpond.net.au
38 rerun is noted as most parts have been injected but covid19 has caused painting delays.
Poath Junction
Why do people have to request to be put on a mailing list, when they were on one previously?

Having been a Eureka customer previously and my email details the only thing that have not changed, why is there a problem there now with getting the news letters?

I was however sent a copy of the latest newsletter from another person who WAS previously on their list, but he also only got a forwarded copy as well, also mentioned that there was supposed to be a downloadable attachment on the newsletter that the original recipient could not download/open.

Maybe a coronary virus has hit them.

As for what gunzel42 says, who in all honesty trust Eureka even outside of the current issues in China regarding any models being produced in a reasonable time frame?  In the latest edition, if I read correctly the 59cl seems to have nil or next to nil work carried out for its production, yet how many years back was it announced and would arrive the following year?  Of notice also is the RTC wagons, that are now to be a joint program with SDS at least with SDS involved its more than probable for those models to actually arrive.

One other interesting thing in the newsletter is the statement that only one edition per year will be mailed out owing to costs, that at least is a fair point, but if the cost is an issue, why not get their webb site up and running properly and post the news on that page with the ability to be downloaded.
  steamfreak Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wodonga, VIC
To be added to the newsletter mail list just send a request to their contact address: eureka.m@bigpond.net.au
38 rerun is noted as most parts have been injected but covid19 has caused painting delays.

One other interesting thing in the newsletter is the statement that only one edition per year will be mailed out owing to costs, that at least is a fair point, but if the cost is an issue, why not get their webb site up and running properly and post the news on that page with the ability to be downloaded.
a6et

The last section of the newsletter states:
Other Matters: The Eureka Models web site is well past its use-by date. Several attempts to update it have come to nothing but not to be discouraged a third attempt at renewal is being put together at the moment. Watch for progress. The cost of printing and mailing out The Eureka Times now exceeds $2000 per edition. It is expected that one edition per year will still be mailed out but it is intended to produce editions more frequently with the extra editions being forwarded by the internet only. If you have received this edition then we obviously have your current email address.
Eureka Models
A better format for the electronic newsletter might be appropriate now though, via MailChimp or at least via a PDF attachment.  Most online email newsletter platforms offer an easy way to view online or download.  

I can't wait to see my K Class locos!!!
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Issue 36 of the Eureka Times has been received via email.
New announcement is TAM & MCX/MCE 12 wheelers with T&G sides and crownlights.
  a6et Minister for Railways

Issue 36 of the Eureka Times has been received via email.
New announcement is TAM & MCX/MCE 12 wheelers with T&G sides and crownlights.
Poath Junction
Its an interesting edition especially with the news of those 3 different 72'6" carriages being brought in prior to the previous announced Commissioners train being put back as well as the Royal train.  The two later arrivals may not have the sales appeal as the Tam & MCE.

While I have enough Tam's, with a couple of them getting new sides and becoming TFX/SFS the MCE will be a nice addition to a mail train composition.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Three blog updates in recent days.
http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com/
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
Three blog updates in recent days.
http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com/
Poath Junction
A big shock, nothing for 18 months, then 3 in two days.

Problems with supply of KD158's, oops!  Will models be shipped without couplers, or will this be a further cause of delay?

Looks to be a change away from QSI sound, hopefully going to ESU.

Happy chipping,

John
  NSWGR1855 Deputy Commissioner

Three blog updates in recent days.
http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com/
A big shock, nothing for 18 months, then 3 in two days.

Problems with supply of KD158's, oops!  Will models be shipped without couplers, or will this be a further cause of delay?

Looks to be a change away from QSI sound, hopefully going to ESU.

Happy chipping,

John
c3526blue
Eureka are going with Zimo, a better decoder compared to ESU IMO.

Terry Flynn.
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
Three blog updates in recent days.
http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com/
A big shock, nothing for 18 months, then 3 in two days.

Problems with supply of KD158's, oops!  Will models be shipped without couplers, or will this be a further cause of delay?

Looks to be a change away from QSI sound, hopefully going to ESU.

Happy chipping,

John
Eureka are going with Zimo, a better decoder compared to ESU IMO.

Terry Flynn.
NSWGR1855
Thanks Terry,

Another chip to learn.  Oh well.  Laughing

Will have to bone up on Zimo, assuming that Phoenix etc will go this way too.  Future D53 etc.  Hopefully tenders/locos will be compatible with commonality in connections and practicality a must.

Happy redesigning and retooling as necessary,

John
  NSW3802 Junior Train Controller

Three blog updates in recent days.
http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com/
A big shock, nothing for 18 months, then 3 in two days.

Problems with supply of KD158's, oops!  Will models be shipped without couplers, or will this be a further cause of delay?

Looks to be a change away from QSI sound, hopefully going to ESU.

Happy chipping,

John
Eureka are going with Zimo, a better decoder compared to ESU IMO.

Terry Flynn.
Thanks Terry,

Another chip to learn.  Oh well.  Laughing

Will have to bone up on Zimo, assuming that Phoenix etc will go this way too.  Future D53 etc.  Hopefully tenders/locos will be compatible with commonality in connections and practicality a must.

Happy redesigning and retooling as necessary,

John
c3526blue
If the SDS 800 diesel is anything to go by then it could be an ESU decoder.

The 800 diesel sounds very nice and control is excellent. A nice touch is a list of all the functions on a sticker in the box lid. Very hard to lose. Overall a very nice loco.

I had a Wombat 30T that I wasn't happy with the start and stop control so I rewired it with a basic ESU decoder. The control and response was vastly improved, so I would be happy with an ESU decoder in their future products.

Les.
  a6et Minister for Railways

Three blog updates in recent days.
http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com/
A big shock, nothing for 18 months, then 3 in two days.

Problems with supply of KD158's, oops!  Will models be shipped without couplers, or will this be a further cause of delay?

Looks to be a change away from QSI sound, hopefully going to ESU.

Happy chipping,

John
Eureka are going with Zimo, a better decoder compared to ESU IMO.

Terry Flynn.
Thanks Terry,

Another chip to learn.  Oh well.  Laughing

Will have to bone up on Zimo, assuming that Phoenix etc will go this way too.  Future D53 etc.  Hopefully tenders/locos will be compatible with commonality in connections and practicality a must.

Happy redesigning and retooling as necessary,

John
c3526blue
John

I have pulled back on fitting sound to my models, for personal reasons, the big aspect with me is that with the likes of ESU, Zimo, and goodness knows what other brands along with the need for getting the sounds right which I have found in many brands, getting certain sounds that are for me crucial in having them sound correct or close to it, I would like to actually hear the sounds on models before making any decision as to brand.

The other aspect is that one may have a number of different brands that end creating problems when running with models fitted with a different brand.

Looking into sound decoders I am actually surprsed at how few of them have sound files available to listen to on the manufacturers web sites.  On that score at least Soundtrax has a good number of sound files but not all really suitable for Oz, loco's.
  NSWGR1855 Deputy Commissioner

Three blog updates in recent days.
http://eurekamodels.blogspot.com/
A big shock, nothing for 18 months, then 3 in two days.

Problems with supply of KD158's, oops!  Will models be shipped without couplers, or will this be a further cause of delay?

Looks to be a change away from QSI sound, hopefully going to ESU.

Happy chipping,

John
Eureka are going with Zimo, a better decoder compared to ESU IMO.

Terry Flynn.
Thanks Terry,

Another chip to learn.  Oh well.  Laughing

Will have to bone up on Zimo, assuming that Phoenix etc will go this way too.  Future D53 etc.  Hopefully tenders/locos will be compatible with commonality in connections and practicality a must.

Happy redesigning and retooling as necessary,

John
John

I have pulled back on fitting sound to my models, for personal reasons, the big aspect with me is that with the likes of ESU, Zimo, and goodness knows what other brands along with the need for getting the sounds right which I have found in many brands, getting certain sounds that are for me crucial in having them sound correct or close to it, I would like to actually hear the sounds on models before making any decision as to brand.

The other aspect is that one may have a number of different brands that end creating problems when running with models fitted with a different brand.

Looking into sound decoders I am actually surprsed at how few of them have sound files available to listen to on the manufacturers web sites.  On that score at least Soundtrax has a good number of sound files but not all really suitable for Oz, loco's.
a6et
I should state that nothing is set in concrete and Eureka still may consider alternative sound options and can change brands if necessary. It's unlikely SDS / Phoenix will change from ESU now. With Zimo you can change the way they are set up to suit the way you like doing things. I have no problem adjusting Zimo and ESU V5 decoders to run in consist with each other.

Terry Flynn.

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