The Eureka Times - 1st Edition
The Story So far
Those familiar with the story so far will know that Eureka Models came into existence when John Eassie as one of the proprietors of Austrains, after several years of being constantly pestered by myself (and others) to produce a 44 class diesel, in a fit of desperation said "if you want a 44 class then do the bloody thing yourself" or words to that effect. He then went on to add, "I will even introduce you to the people in China who can do it for you". This started the process rolling and with much help freely given by John, Eureka Models came into being with the sole aim of producing a 44 class diesel.
However, as is often the case as one door closes another opens and the work done on the 44 and the relationships with the Chinese manufacturers established in the process led to the decision by Eureka to commission the production of a different locomotive.
This will be the largest and the most ambitious ready to run locomotive project ever undertaken for the Australian prototype market.
In terms of complexity, number of detail parts involved and cost, this is a large project even by international standards. The Chinese manufacturer is the same firm that has produced all of the excellent Austrain locomotives to date. This firm incidentally, is one of the top model railway manufacturers in the world and currently produces about 60% of the world's output of model railway equipment including models for the leading brands in the US and Europe.
For a number of reasons the manufacturer has indicated that they are determined to produce in the AD60 a model which will be the equal of any model produced for the HO market worldwide to date so Eureka is looking forward to a fine locomotive for followers of Australian prototype.
The 620/720 Railmotors
The 620/720 railmotors may well find themselves over-shadowed by the Garratt project, however the attraction of this series of railmotors lies not only in the cars themselves but also from a manufacturing point of view what can be done as a follow on. The tooling for the 620/720s is being done in a way so that if there is ever to be a second run produced then the 600/700 and the 900 sets can be produced from the same tooling. This results in considerable cost saving. 400 class and CPH railmotors could follow if demand warrants.
Many years ago in a different forum I said that what I required from a model locomotive was accuracy, quality and good running performance. This will be Eureka's aim and I also hope that much of what Eureka Models does in the future will be in response to the continuing demands of those who follow the NSWGR for such qualities in their models.
Over to you