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  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/article/7th-march-2014-retail-march-madness-sale
links to participating retailer sites are having some teething troubles.

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  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
update 24/3 - http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/article/24th-march-2014-product-update--new-retailer
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/article/17th-april-2014-project-update--hobsons-bay
V/locity body samples.
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/article/30th-april-2014-vlocity-npry-news
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/article/30th-april-2014-vlocity-npry-news
Poath Junction


These Vlocity units look great.

  X'Trapolis-904M Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
These Vlocity units look great.

bevans

i will love to see Metro EMU models with Working destos
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/article/25th-june-2014-updates--reminders--other-news
XGAY anyone?
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
There's a new livery for the prototype V/line Vlocity, let SRM know if you'd like it in model form. Details and pic at https://www.facebook.com/southernrailmodels
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
And the winner is.... http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/article/7th-july-2014-l-class-giveaway-competition
  DQ2004 Chief Commissioner

Location: Hobart -where the rain has lumps in it
I can't believe QRN pineapple is the most popular! Blech! What's the matter with people?!?
Oh well.
At least most of the rest are good schemes - I'd really like the ARG yellow & maroon locos as well as the Westrail yellow & the experimental blue.
  lkernan Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I can't believe QRN pineapple is the most popular! Blech! What's the matter with people?!?
DQ2004


Quite a few modern image modelers out there, combined with the main schemes already being done.
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
I am sure Rocket knows that Victorian Modellers had L Class running in our state for about 10 years The early orange scheme with  nasty loco number stencils front and rear, is a no brainer too. I have seen nothing but modern here nothing that I will buy. As I model Victoria SG roughly 70's and 80's (resisting is not an option though as I do love the C's and G's Smile )
Cheers
Rod
  DQ2004 Chief Commissioner

Location: Hobart -where the rain has lumps in it
I am sure Rocket knows that Victorian Modellers had L Class running in our state for about 10 years The early orange scheme with nasty loco number stencils front and rear, is a no brainer too. I have seen nothing but modern here nothing that I will buy. As I model Victoria SG roughly 70's and 80's (resisting is not an option though as I do love the C's and G's Smile )
Cheers
Rod
comtrain

As I said on FB Rod, the two orange & blue numbers that are being offered in the first run. ran in Victoria (L252 & 257).
I don't know if these models are being released as they ran in Victoria with those stencils, but even if they are not, this is surely just a matter for a small handful of decals?

Kind regards,

Toby
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
As I said on FB Rod, the two orange & blue numbers that are being offered in the first run. ran in Victoria (L252 & 257).
I don't know if these models are being released as they ran in Victoria with those stencils, but even if they are not, this is surely just a matter for a small handful of decals?

Kind regards,

Toby
DQ2004

Your right Toby Smile
I just saw so much modern stuff and no mention of the older ones. I am pretty sure that reruns of this engine will be endless. Can't understand why the other importers ignored them for so long.
These were the first big engines to see Government Service. They led to other Railways moving into the higher HP as well.
Western Australia  were ahead of every other State!
Cheers
Rod
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

Is it just me or does it seem strange that they are already announcing the second run before the first run has even been delivered ( or even test shots recvd )
  DQ2004 Chief Commissioner

Location: Hobart -where the rain has lumps in it
Is it just me or does it seem strange that they are already announcing the second run before the first run has even been delivered ( or even test shots recvd )
5711

I don't think that was 'announcing' the second run, but just letting people know what was the most popular schemes. SRM did say that they were confident they would be able to justify a 2nd run, plus the sheer number of colour schemes carried by the class basically means that anyone doing them properly was always going to have to do more than one run to cover most of them.

Announcing a second run before they've even delivered the first has happened before with other producers.

Kind regards,

Toby
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
web update - As noted in the latest AMRM - http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/southern-spirit-club-car1.html
  5711 Assistant Commissioner

web update - As noted in the latest AMRM - http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/southern-spirit-club-car1.html
Poath Junction

The club idea, a good idea that it is but the scoop in getting a exclusive model whilst paying the platinum membership is a bit steep in my opinion.

In saying that - the U Boats and Explorers etc are just awesome so getting the membership might be worthwhile if your making big purchases.
  DQ2004 Chief Commissioner

Location: Hobart -where the rain has lumps in it
If you disregard the value of the merchandise, but only want one model, then it may not be worth it.
For myself it is worth it, A. because I would pay $410 for L268, it is a 'must have'. B. Fortunately, I also want about 30 XGAY wagons, which they've as good as said they're going to do. C. Add to that I will want some of the L class from the second run (and I've yet to order my L class from the first run!), so for me this will easily be worthwhile.

For those that don't like to pre-order, they obviously aren't interested in saving money by doing so (there is an argument for earning interest in your own account, but then again you need to have money in a term deposit or investment account to actually earn anything in that way), those people probably won't be interested in this.

If you look at what Southern Rail have announced, work out how much of it you want, then work out how much you could save (and this is not including something that may be announced/released in future that you may want), then you will be able to see if it is worth it for you.
5% discount on every purchase may not seem like much, but then again, if you keep purchasing then it will quickly mount up.

Cheers,

Toby
  wagrttn Locomotive Driver

web update - As noted in the latest AMRM - http://www.southernrailmodels.com.au/southern-spirit-club-car1.html
Poath Junction

So, Southern Rail has chosen to demonstrate their gratitude to the modellers who have supported them by devising a process by which the only way an L class in a highly desirable scheme can be purchased from them is for a total outlay of $410, instead of the standard $325 per item. The purchaser can then in turn display their gratitude to Southern Rail for necessitating this extra expense by wearing company merchandise to model clubs and shows thus promoting the company for free.

Gee... thanks...
  wagrttn Locomotive Driver

If you disregard the value of the merchandise, but only want one model, then it may not be worth it.
For myself it is worth it, A. because I would pay $410 for L268, it is a 'must have'. B. Fortunately, I also want about 30 XGAY wagons, which they've as good as said they're going to do. C. Add to that I will want some of the L class from the second run (and I've yet to order my L class from the first run!), so for me this will easily be worthwhile.

[...]

Cheers,

Toby
DQ2004


I'm not terribly exited about the prospect of reclaiming the cost of membership via discounts on purchases. The way I read the conditions of membership the term and therefore any potential savings on purchases is only for 12 months which means that everything you hope to buy in order to recoup the outlay for membership must become available within that 12 month window or else you will have to consider renewing your membership (at what price?).

Am I the only person who is cynical about this so-called loyalty offer? All I can see eventuating from this is ridiculous prices being asked for rare second-hand items. Southern Rail may benefit from their membership scheme, and that's ultimately their business, but don't sell it as returning something to the hobby and a thank you to their 'loyal customers''.
  2LaGrange Train Controller

So, Southern Rail has chosen to demonstrate their gratitude to the modellers who have supported them by devising a process by which the only way an L class in a highly desirable scheme can be purchased from them is for a total outlay of $410, instead of the standard $325 per item. The purchaser can then in turn display their gratitude to Southern Rail for necessitating this extra expense by wearing company merchandise to model clubs and shows thus promoting the company for free.

Gee... thanks...
wagrttn

I tend to agree with wagrttn on this one.
Bit of a marketing ploy with not much value in my opinion.

If you want to reward your loyal customers I think Auscision have a better set up,if you are willing to pay in full upfront for pre-orders on locos you pay $250.00 rather than the after delivery price of $295.00 that's about a 15% discount and you don't have to pay any membership fees.
  brissim Chief Train Controller

Agree with a couple of comments here. First thought is that its nothing but a marketing ploy by SRM. 5% discount on products with a minimum $75/year subscription. You would have to buy a minimum of $1,500/year of products to break even - or $3,000/year for the $150/year Gold Membership. Agree the current system operated by Auscision with their substantial discount for fully paid orders (which you can make right up until the models arrive - as opposed to the Eureka scheme with early cutoff dates) is the preferred way of rewarding loyal repeat customers.

Tony

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