Although it might seem not that much of a big deal, but SDS has produced what I think, is the first serious model of an AN Tank wagon, in ready to run.
These come in a three pack, two tankers with the round domes, partial yellow stripe, and one in full "patch" with oblong domes.
Here is the link:
The model in question is the ATBL, looks are quite non de-script, but this is the beauty of this model, its meant to look like this. In particular the attention paid to the patch markings on the tank itself, as per prototype. These particular models are of BP tankers, and were used on the standard and broad gauge system. I think one example on BG would be the Gladstone oil train.
However on standard gauge there are plenty of locations to use this model, however for me, they were also used to transport fuel to Alice Springs. BP had a rail served depot, on the industrial branch, at Whittaker Street, one of the few sidings which was laid facing west. Thus this model is perfect for Alice Springs, in era and appearance.
The ATBLs that SDS have chosen were ex NSW tank wagons, that were used by BP.
Again SDS have stepped up and added the necessary details to make the model era and prototype specific, this includes
- 3YE placard, with 000 call.
- Shunters steps, and handrails (I don't have shots of the particular tanker that is modelled after, and the ones on Norm Bray's site don't seem to have shunters steps).
- Type A safety valve, info.
- 80Km/h NSW symbol (which can be ignored if converted to an ATBY)
- All signage in Litres and Metres.
- Correct era high speed bogies.
the model itself is loaded with detail, including:
- Full brake linkages
- Brake pipes
- bottom flow outlet.
- See through walkways
- see through and fully braced frame
- All the appropriate handrails, taps, valves, turn-buckles and hatches.
- Thin profile wheels RP088?
- Brakes shoes and hangers on the bogies.