Austrains G Class Diesel Loco - Upcoming 81 / G / BL

 
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

Are these units shipping DCC with sound or DCC only?

Several years ago I installed a loksound ESU EMD chip into a Powerline G class. Works well.
bevans

Austrains initially were offering them with factory sound but have since had a change of mind and anyone who paid in full for factory sound models gets a $100 refund.

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  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Austrains initially were offering them with factory sound but have since had a change of mind and anyone who paid in full for factory sound models gets a $100 refund.
kingfisher

Actually if you check the QSI site you will find Austrains did not choose to "change their mind" at all Sad

http://www.qsisolutions.com/

QSI have been in trouble for a few years. The only reason Eureka had chips was because they had them put aside from a previous model. People are reporting their R Class chips are marked for another model. Seems Eureka just reloaded the chip with new sounds (my guess of course)

Rod Young
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

Actually if you check the QSI site you will find Austrains did not choose to "change their mind" at all

comtrain

The end result is the same regardless, no factory sound loco's.
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
The end result is the same regardless, no factory sound loco's.
kingfisher


The end result might be the same but your post was not fair to Austrains, as they never did change their mind. QSI failed to honour the agreement and Austrains had no option other than notifying us that QSI sound was now not available.

Rod Young
  G Train Locomotive Driver

Hi all, the wait really is over. Just collected my Pac Nat 81 from the post office. There was no confirmation of details letter or e-mail. The updates I'd e-mailed previously were used & my card was debited on Friday. I will take photos soon & post. First impressions are great paintwork & all detailing items seem to be intact with none loose. But will compare it to my Powerline one more closely.
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

Gtrain do you remember when you ordered your loco just wondering how far down the list you were before I get mine as I don't know anyone who has received a confirmation anything. Thanks
  TheMeddlingMonk Deputy Commissioner

Location: The Time Vortex near Melbourne, Australia
Hi anzac1959,

Not sure if this helps you, but I have yet to receive mine and ordered in September 2012. Finally got a confirmation of my order in December 2012. I provided my updated details in March this year at the same time as ordering the PL carriages (which I got last Thursday).
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Hi anzac1959,

Not sure if this helps you, but I have yet to receive mine and ordered in September 2012. Finally got a confirmation of my order in December 2012. I provided my updated details in March this year at the same time as ordering the PL carriages (which I got last Thursday).
TheMeddlingMonk

Hi all
I rang Austrains on 5 August, and I was told my PL cars had been sent on Monday and I did get them 12 August. At the time I was told my G Class and NQR Candy 81 Class details were verified and he would need to hit the Bank Account for them the next Thursday (14 August). He said by then he should be finished posting all the verified pre-ordered PL's. He is very keen to sell at the two Exhibitions next weekend, after delivering all pre-orders. My loco order has not arrived as of yesterdays mail.

Don't forget if you attend Caulfield, Austrains reminded me, their is secret model being released. It is a VR model and the only clue is they are no longer in service but 80's and earlier modellers are going to love them. They ran main and branch lines and were very useful things indeed. When I suggested a ZL he said, No, not a ZL. Wish somebody would do ZL's Sad
Cheers
Rod
  staints Beginner

Hi all, I received my 3 G class, 1 BL class and 2 81s on Saturday the 16/08/14. I had fully paid for my loco back in 2009. I'm very happy with all of them.
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Keen on getting my 81 (which I hope Austrains have received the order for about a year ago; i've heard nothing)

Can anybody who has already got theirs (and /or a BL) kindly put a photo up? I'm impatient to see how they look.

Cheers,
-Mitch
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Keen on getting my 81 (which I hope Austrains have received the order for about a year ago; i've heard nothing)

Can anybody who has already got theirs (and /or a BL) kindly put a photo up? I'm impatient to see how they look.

Cheers,
-Mitch
meh

Like me I thought I had ordered a Vline G  with sound, but a few weeks ago decidsed to check up. Turned out he didn't have a order so I then ordered  a quiet one there and then.

I would not rely on assumption. I'd ring/email and find out.

Regards,
David head
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

Like me I thought I had ordered a Vline G with sound, but a few weeks ago decidsed to check up. Turned out he didn't have a order so I then ordered a quiet one there and then.

I would not rely on assumption. I'd ring/email and find out.

Regards,
David head
dthead

With any order I place with Austrains I always check my credit card statement to make sure the deposit has been taken out.
  G Train Locomotive Driver

I ordered mine back in Feb 2013.

In my opinion the Austrains version is a huge improvement. The lighting seems prototypical, with illuminated number boxes and marker lights and it runs smoothly too. I'll still be checking mine in more detail.

Below is a link to some images of the 81 for those interested.
Note the Freightrail 81 is Powerline with a brass mech and the Pacific National 81 is the Austrains version.
Powerline 81 vs Austrains 81

Cheers,
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

Thanks for the pictures G train
anyone else notice their is NO cab detail !
  FirstStopCentral Chief Train Controller

I ordered mine back in Feb 2013.

In my opinion the Austrains version is a huge improvement. The lighting seems prototypical, with illuminated number boxes and marker lights and it runs smoothly too. I'll still be checking mine in more detail.

Below is a link to some images of the 81 for those interested.
Note the Freightrail 81 is Powerline with a brass mech and the Pacific National 81 is the Austrains version.
Powerline 81 vs Austrains 81

Cheers,
G Train

What's with the yellow porthole window behind the drivers cab on the first photo?

Includes the prototypical internal wiring in the cab also!

Other than that, looks good.

Paul
  Flatop Deputy Commissioner

Location: Some where in a Cab
Still waiting on both my G class order BL order and my pl cars .Will speak to john at Amra.
  gomer Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Not usually a nitpicker but it's hard to miss one glaring error. Besides no cab detail the stripe along the side of the PN version is wrong. The blue comes down further than what they've done, to pretty much sit where it does on the FC version. Compare the Powerline v Austrains comparison above to my photo of the real things here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98847769@N08/9265803603/.

Cheers Gomer
  Captain Underpants Train Controller

Not usually a nitpicker but it's hard to miss one glaring error. Besides no cab detail the stripe along the side of the PN version is wrong. The blue comes down further than what they've done, to pretty much sit where it does on the FC version. Compare the Powerline v Austrains comparison above to my photo of the real things here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/98847769@N08/9265803603/.

Cheers Gomer
gomer

Have to agree with you on that one. Here http://www.dccsolutions.com.au/austrains-81-class is a good side on view of the real thing
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

Have to agree with you on that one. Here http://www.dccsolutions.com.au/austrains-81-class is a good side on view of the real thing
Captain Underpants

But were they all painted the same or are there differences between the various class members. Would really need to see a photo of 8150 in real life for the definitive comparison.
  brissim Chief Train Controller

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In my opinion the Austrains version is a huge improvement. The lighting seems prototypical, with illuminated number boxes and marker lights and it runs smoothly too. ..................
Cheers,
G Train

Well, I would bloody well hope so. The Powerline model is 25 years old! The real comparison should be between the Austrains model and todays Auscision and Traino models. And on that score with the lack of any cab detail its somewhat of a letdown. This was promoted as being the "ultimate 81". While I accept that this situation is probably not the fault of JE and Austrains, its still disappointing. Part of me is pleased I missed out on my candy 81s because even @ $250 each, I suspect I would not have been pleased with the final product.

Tony
  catchpoint Assistant Commissioner

Location: At the end of a loop
But were they all painted the same or are there differences between the various class members. Would really need to see a photo of 8150 in real life for the definitive comparison.
kingfisher

Hmmmm


http://www.ardp.net/topic298.html

And as far as I know 8150 is painted the same...

2007
http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/powell_333/9200555248/in/photolist-f22fwU-nAt36H-a3NbxR-cCRSCG-aQHX7g-bBsq5N-byJqtH-byYNPP-nrL2iJ-or7XpS-dw9jtY-aNunM2-aKYoxk-b8CApP-dPS2Zn-4H1Lat-iiFVwZ-dKwoU2-dD8oVc-aMYppz/

2013
https://www.flickr.com/photos/trainman3801/8368820929/in/photolist-f22fwU-nAt36H-a3NbxR-cCRSCG-aQHX7g-bBsq5N-byJqtH-byYNPP-nrL2iJ-or7XpS-dw9jtY-aNunM2-aKYoxk-b8CApP-dPS2Zn-4H1Lat-iiFVwZ-dKwoU2-dD8oVc-aMYppz-bRpmzk-hRSuU6-aKZ3WP-9ezo29-bWhuZ2-d3vJrA-aKYELi-f5Apvu-9ewkmH-9ezo4q-dDwbxp-9ezo3G-4H1Lhe-faudZs-aNukhv-6rvdVb-24NHer-nnS3Sf-4oAtBK-5P56tA-aXX5er-ir3bXW-9XLgKy-9XHpkV-dThQWY-QLMk-QLM8-4H1LiR-8VecsK-dU3dKR
Info readily available on the internet...who knew, heck a short trip from Putney to Clyde UP yard would have confirmed the paint scheme

Perhaps a further disappointment for some after such a long wait....

Regards,

Catchpoint
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47180467@N04/6342322861/

Credit to the photographer (googled 8150 Flickr and it came up)

It seems the paint scheme is incorrect...
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

http://www.flickr.com/photos/47180467@N04/6342322861/

Credit to the photographer (googled 8150 Flickr and it came up)

It seems the paint scheme is incorrect...
meh

That's good enough for me.
  gomer Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Got my 9 in the mail today, a few bits and pieces broken off but overall very happy. Stripe is wrong on both FC and PN versions of the 81, bit of paint and weathering should do the trick though.



Cheers
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Got my 9 in the mail today, a few bits and pieces broken off but overall very happy. Stripe is wrong on both FC and PN versions of the 81, bit of paint and weathering should do the trick though.


Cheers
gomer

G'day gomer,

I notice that the FR/FC blue 81 has the Freightcorp logos and i'm guessing that they are supplied that way?

Bit disappointing to see the FC line work is wrong also; shame that what will probably be their last new loco delivery didnt allow them to go out with a bang.

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