The GM class locomotives have finally arrived from Trainorama, and are worth the wait.
They capture the look of the prototype quite well, they have a fair amount of weight, and thus is quite at home on the IP or Ghan, as it might be kicking out Spencer Junction yard.
GM1 entered service with the Commonwealth Railways on the 20th of September 1951 and was withdrawn on the 11th of April 1990.
GM16 entered service on the 13th of July 1956 and was ""officially"withdrawn 20th of June 1991.
The Cab steps are the shape for the GM1 to 11 series, see example below of GM2.
Some GMs had A End and B end plates installed, GM1 had these fitted, but are had to see if you are not looking for them, please see image below from GM1
However all I can seem myself doing is painting in the marker lanterns, and weathering.
hauled a special 15 coach
Indian Pacific set with GM2 into Sydney to celebrate Barossa week on 15th of november 1981 when used the tail disk might have already been removed. However some an not others, here is GM2 with the disk still applied.
Now for GM16.
GM16 was retro fitted with A end MU receptacles, so this is an early modelled version of this unit, possibly early 1980s. You might like to renumber your GM to 18, 19 or 20, as these locomotives never retro fitted, or just retrofit them! You could also fit the Ghan head board holders, would be a nice touch.
The body easily comes off the mechanism, which is a great step ahead of Trainorama's 930 class, which is an exercise in how to loose 6 instrument screw drivers into a locomotive before twan shall be parted!
Then there is the mechanism, heavy and is DCC ready and sound ready, has a8 pin plug and another 4 pins for sound decoders.
I fitted a NCE D14SR chip in less than a minute.
On track the model is smooth across a step 28 controller, again NCE.
The head lights are not "dazzling" almost "just right" in older age of the GM class. The model was extremely smooth, and got straight into shunting Alice Springs, to the point I didn't want to stop.
Overall I think that the model is of a very high quality, yet seem to be robust enough to ensure that things don't spring off as soon as you touch it or put it in an Auscision box (which as far as I am concerned are designed to hunt out all your delicate detail items and ensure that they are parted from your locomotive or wagon).
Both models look as they should for the era they are modelled after, early 1980s is my guess.
As for things like colour matching, as you can see from my other detail shots of the prototype, I see no real point as any real locomotive or wagon changes colour depending on length of exposure to the sun and how dirty it is, and for AN locomotives that is about three days, if it doesn't get wet, or hit by dust!
I think GM1 is going to become GM2 in my roster, I already have a GM10.
GM16 will be renumbered to GM20, and let the fading begin!
Would I purchase another? The answer is yes.
Once again, it is good to be an AN modeller, and GMs are born desert runners, these two can join the roster with pride, as soon as they are repainted, and appropriately weathered.
Post script, Glen is hanging out for some for ultra modern (of course).