Its been a long time coming, and the ubiquitous AN 63ft flat wagon is finally here.
Traveling the length and breadth of this country, just about any interstate train had at least a gaggle of these flats.
Still to this day its the same, such is their versatility!
Auscision have produced RMX AQMX AQSY RQKY RQMF RQMY RCJY QQJY and PQFYs
The model comes in a four pack, in the now familiar blue box.
The spindly look of the RMX, has been replicated well by Auscision, As the model has no centre frame fish belly, which is the most obvious location for adding weight, Auscision decided to cast the whole wagon in metal. This has resulted in a great weight for operation. Which also means we can run these wagons loaded and empty, a great step forward guys! well done!
There is a slight difference between the version of RMX wagons, the sill openings are a bit of a give a way.
One of the stake locations seems to be out, Glens model is the bottom in the image.
The bolsters on the model angle into the frame, and the tie downs are against the frame, where as they should be up against the side sill.
Here is the prototype bolster and sill.
Four stake locators are of low relief on the model.
On the prototype they should be way more prominent.
The openings are again early on the model.
The RMX is the first version of the wagon, built for the Commonwealth Railways. The bright orange bogies are per prototype. The maroon livery looks good.
Also available as an AQMX.
The AN versions are AQMX and AQSY, they have not modeled the AQNY, which I found to be the most frequent on the westliner - eastliner and 347 - 166 goods. Also the model lacks the red square on the bogies and frame.
Given the number of different version of the wagon. Auscision seem to have settled on one version and then everything else are repaints. From my point of view this is just fine, as they used the AN version for the basis.
When the wagons were transferred to the NRC in 1994, NRC embarked on a program of adding additional handrails.
Thus the model version of all the ultra modern wagons lack this detail.
QQJY image 3. The model has an even amount of QR placards however they are not consistent across the fleet, check out this half repaint with to QR placards together.
Auscision have produced a very needed modern wagon. The cast weight is a great step forward.
the detail is good for an AN version, so I am really happy.
Down sides are limited to the couplers, just replace them!
They didnt make the AQNY.
This model will satisfy CR and AN modelers alike and ultra modern.