Southern Rail Blog - Uboats, Xplorer, Vlocity, tank cars, QR Things, etc

 
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
blog updated 27/5
http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/article/27th-may-ntaf--u-boat-update

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  DQ2004 Chief Commissioner

Location: Hobart -where the rain has lumps in it

http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/article/14th-july-2012-u-boat--ntaf--xplorer-update

And another update from Southern Rail, after a delay of a couple of months.  I kind of got used to the weekly/fortnightly updates that occurred in May, and then there was nothing until now.
Unfortunately, it's almost all bad news, with big delays for the 2nd production run of U-boats, I suspect (reading between the lines) we'll be lucky if they get here by the end of the year, probably the same for their range of NTAF tank wagons too.  The Explorers, Endeavours & V/Locity's are also thereby delayed too, sadly.  Yet another case of recalcitrant factories.

Regards all,

Toby
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
On the bright side,  the NDHF's & QR things aren't affected. Order form for NDHF's at http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/files//order_forms/NSW_NDHF_OrderForm.pdf
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
Very sad, but I applaud Southern Models for giving a full and frank explanation of the delay.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Very sad, but I applaud Southern Models for giving a full and frank explanation of the delay.
"John_Bushell"


Yes John, I agree on all counts there. It is a pity that more could no be as frank and open as Southernrail Models though, then there would be no gripes.
  a6et Minister for Railways

Sad is an understatement, while its refreshing to see the openess with Southern in conveying the news, its another nail in the coffin one would think for the early bird, or early deposit payments.
  Albert Chief Commissioner

Not missing us with the postage charges for the NHDFs
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
Not missing us with the postage charges for the NHDFs
"Albert"


What's your problem, the charges accurately reflect the costs incurred. Aust Post has an online calculator to figure out charges, and here's the result when I plug in figures that would reasonably reflect the parcels size and weight.


  • From: 2317


  • To: 3204


  • Weight:  >500g - 1kg                                                    


  • Length: 30.0 (cm)


  • Width: 30.0 (cm)


  • Height: 10.0 (cm)


Your charges at a glance - Service / Price
Regular Parcel $12.00 (you'd save $0.40 if you could fit it in a pre-paid 3kg satchel)
Registered Post $3.20
Extra Cover $1.50 (extra $120 insurance, first $100 covered by registered fee)
Total Charge $16.70
Note I've made no allowance for costs of a box, bubble wrap, etc. What you see ($16.70) is how much Southern Rail will be charged by Aust Post to deliver the parcel that has 1 pack of wagons. Clearly this is reasonable compared to the $16.00 Southern Rail has noted on the order form. And for arguments sake I'll pretend I'm buying 4 packs, So I'll change the  parcel weight to 1-2kg, make the parcel 25cm high,  recalculate with $880 total insurance (ie $780 extra cover) and the results are.... $30.95 total. Aga