Some more interesting items from the Sandown exhibition, you can't go past SDSs stand, with the pilot models of the NQJW, 80ft container flat.
I assume that a V/Line version is in the wings somewhere?
Steve has done a great job on the pilot version, he was nice enough to take it out of the display case, for these shots.
Looking at the attention to detail, there is little doubt that this will be popular with modellers alike including 1990s modellers like myself, and ultra modern such as Glen.
More importantly, this wagon has been designed to operate, it is well weighted and thus will be able to be operated as an empty wagon. The fish belly frame is a metal casting, and the coupler swing enables the wagon to operate around tight curves, Steve mentioned that the pilot model worked on the layout "Smalldon Curve" 18" radius without a problem.
Great detail and built for reliable operations, gets a bit two thumbs up from Barcoola!
Link to their website, check out their new refrigerated containers, nice.
I must also congratulate SDS for coming up with the first purpose built AN container flat wagon in RTR no less, the AQCY and AQCX, and it could not be in better hands.
Below are the pilot models, the VR V/Line VQCX is in the background with the two equipment boxes. and the AN AQCY AQCX is in the foreground.
A testament to Steve's attention to detail, note the different locations of brake gear between the AN and V/line versions.
Thanks for taking the plunge SDS, PS if you are thinking of any additional models,
how about a AQSY, there are 600 odd examples and still in use with PN QRN etc, would make all my Christmas's!
the example above is on AP5, with 140Kph bogies, note the red patch on the bogie frame.
Some more shots of SARMA's layout.
Classic SAR station.