On Track Models announces the TRC 38' Refrigerated Van

 
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Hi All,

Just to let you know that our next model after the BOB Cars will be the NSW TRC 38' Refrigerated Van.

Design drawings are currently underway and we expect to sign off on them in the next few weeks.

At this stage we anticipate having Tooling Samples on show at the Liverpool Model Railway Exhibition.

Further details will announced over the coming weeks,

The On Track Models Team

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  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Hi All,

Just to let you know that our next model after the BOB Cars will be the NSW TRC 38' Refrigerated Van.

Design drawings are currently underway and we expect to sign off on them in the next few weeks.

At this stage we anticipate having Tooling Samples on show at the Liverpool Model Railway Exhibition.

Further details will announced over the coming weeks,

The On Track Models Team
ontrackmodels
This is great news....another highly anticipated model. Thanks.

Bill Roach
  Bowen_Creek Station Master

Hi On Track

Is it worth considering the NRY as well? It is on a 38' frame but I am not sure if its the same as the TRC.
Goninans built 30 I believe in 73/74. Also its one of the few wagons painted white.

Andrew
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Hi Andrew,

While we looked at the NRY we've decided not to go ahead with it.

There's one currently sitting out a Bathurst which we've photographed.

While it is a similar length to the TRC that's where the similarities end.

We'd need a new bogie (2CM) to start with.

As the body is welded not rivetted, a new body and underframe are required.

So essentially it's a brand new wagon with an extra bogie.

The costs at this stage out way any benefit that we can see.

The On Track Models Team
  Bowen_Creek Station Master

Hi Andrew,

While we looked at the NRY we've decided not to go ahead with it.

There's one currently sitting out a Bathurst which we've photographed.

While it is a similar length to the TRC that's where the similarities end.

We'd need a new bogie (2CM) to start with.

As the body is welded not rivetted, a new body and underframe are required.

So essentially it's a brand new wagon with an extra bogie.

The costs at this stage out way any benefit that we can see.

The On Track Models Team
ontrackmodels
Thanks for the reply, I will still be lining up for a TRC.

Andrew
  Indefatigable Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
New photo posted on Facebook of the CAD drawings:



Cheers,
Ben
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

Will the hatches open?
just wondering
  a6et Minister for Railways

Will the hatches open?
just wondering
anzac1959

What are ya wanting to run some sort of sushi train or something? Perhaps decoder driven on flip pads inside the van to shoot out onto the plate as its going around the track.Razz
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

What are ya wanting to run some sort of sushi train or something? Perhaps decoder driven on flip pads inside the van to shoot out onto the plate as its going around the track.Razz
a6et

No but Toms did their BCH with opening doors , The TRC would look more interesting sitting in its siding with open hatches , either to dry the van internally or to load with ice.
  a6et Minister for Railways

No but Toms did their BCH with opening doors , The TRC would look more interesting sitting in its siding with open hatches , either to dry the van internally or to load with ice.
anzac1959

Very true that they had the opening doors, but a solid plate underneath & nothing to hold them open, as useful as fully detailed dunnies without toilet paper for the cockroach droppings, or mini mouses.

I guess you must be wanting a bar service to go with the ice:lol:
  The railway dog Train Controller

Location: Adelaide Hills
Sounds great. But I for one am sick of the multi packs. I probably couldn't justify several TRCs on my little layout & would be prepared to pay a higher unit price if they could be made available as individual items as well.
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
Sounds great. But I for one am sick of the multi packs. I probably couldn't justify several TRCs on my little layout & would be prepared to pay a higher unit price if they could be made available as individual items as well.
The railway dog
Dawg,

I am at the stage of having my layout pretty well populated with rolling stock, so I can understand your point of view.  However, I do recognize the imperative the entrepreneurs face in getting a production run planned and the utility of multi-model packaging.  I think we just have to accept the necessity the entrepreneurs face and be prepared to form a purchasing group or put the excess on e-bay or even Railpage Australia™.

Nevertheless, I will get the TRC and also the Auscision MLV.

Best regards,
John
  a6et Minister for Railways

Sounds great. But I for one am sick of the multi packs. I probably couldn't justify several TRCs on my little layout & would be prepared to pay a higher unit price if they could be made available as individual items as well.
The railway dog

This has been talked about over the years, with many likewise wanting single packs, even double packs yet when it comes to brake vans even the double packs can be seen as problematic as like you in this case may only want one of them.

With the exception of some wagons I have noticed a slight drop down from the old 4 packs to a 3 pack as being more common, & nearly the norm now, even in most 4 wheel vehicles, given I believe that things are getting tighter for many modellers given the flow of R/S items I would like to see more double packs in the R/S area though, I am not sure if it adds a lot to the overall costs for the various producers but again the situation may come where a model is released in smaller packs at a price seen too high & the reverse would take place calling for discounts if it means buying multiples to get the amount wanted, I have seen that also.

In my layout planning, I have sat down & worked out how many trains I will be operating, & while I have a largish layout compared to some but small compared to others, this includes trains in staging yards, & other locations around the layout, likewise working out the maximum length of the trains which will run.  Including in that list are specific train types, which include fast goods, & general goods working, I also stick very much to a tight era to model & only buy models that ran within that period.

By reading what OTM have said regarding not doing the NRY ref cars, which is totally understandable given that they were not that much of an advancement on the TRC's having these wagons in multi packs does make sense if they come in 3 packs.  Given that every line, except the Illawarra/South coast line had meat & fruit expresses up until the end of steam & fairly well into the 70's/early 80's up to when the Homebush Abatoirs & Darling Harbour facilities were closed down, the TRC & MRC vans provided the bulk of the wagons used on those services.

Even on a small layout, a dedicated meat exp, in both empty & full configuration comprising TRC, & MRC's & Brake van would not be out of place.

Other than that I am sure that many modellers out there would buy any surplus from you or swap with something else, I have several modelling friends that I do that with.
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

Ive bought and on sold extra wagons here and on ebay and at exibitions where I have meet people and sold off the extra wagons, a couple of times ive even approached guys that had just bought a multipack and asked them if they want to split it .Casula hobbies sell single wagons RTR, or buy and build their kit. The block Train of TRCs is one of my favourite trains ive got 5 built up kits and will buy 2 or 3 RTR vans. Their is always a way around multipacks.
  a6et Minister for Railways

Ive bought and on sold extra wagons here and on ebay and at exibitions where I have meet people and sold off the extra wagons, a couple of times ive even approached guys that had just bought a multipack and asked them if they want to split it .Casula hobbies sell single wagons RTR, or buy and build their kit. The block Train of TRCs is one of my favourite trains ive got 5 built up kits and will buy 2 or 3 RTR vans. Their is always a way around multipacks.
anzac1959

Mate, you could have a great running service, selling Sushi with the opening hatches along with gin & tonics from the other one with ice, or maybe scotch on the rocks, hauled by the flying Scotsman.Razz

Seriously though I have fond memories of the amount of fruit & meat exp trains I worked on, primarily because they were priority runners & when all bogie stock on them meant you got home earlier as they were 100K runners, best part was you did not need to use the brakes as much, wonderful trains to work, & they look nice behind a 36 or 38cl, or even a small load with a 35 on the north or a 32 on the branch, & intermediate line.
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Mate, you could have a great running service, selling Sushi with the opening hatches along with gin & tonics from the other one with ice, or maybe scotch on the rocks, hauled by the flying Scotsman.Razz

Seriously though I have fond memories of the amount of fruit & meat exp trains I worked on, primarily because they were priority runners & when all bogie stock on them meant you got home earlier as they were 100K runners, best part was you did not need to use the brakes as much, wonderful trains to work, & they look nice behind a 36 or 38cl, or even a small load with a 35 on the north or a 32 on the branch, & intermediate line.
a6et
I too have fond memories from the late 50's/early 60's.....growing up in Narrandera and spending countless hours sitting on the overhead road bridge (Newell Highway). In the afternoon, 5 days a week (and Saturdays?....can't remember for sure), the "Fruit Train", as we called it, would arrive from Griffith/Leeton. It comprised a variety of louvre vans and refrigerated vans; all bogie. My memories of the locos involved are sketchy, but various publications I have indicate that this train was (in the steam days) hauled by one or two 53 class locos with "specially balanced drivers", that were capable of speeds of 50mph (!!), and were authorised to do so!

As I have said previously, Narrandera would be an excellent place to base a decent-sized layout on, given the various operations that would normally be classed as "unusual" within the NSWGR. Anyway....that is a subject for another discussion.

Roachie
  The railway dog Train Controller

Location: Adelaide Hills
Fair comment about the costs associated with single item sales. The economics of providing products for a small market mean that packaging costs are a big consideration. But it would be nice... Plus the prototype vehicles' rarity has a bit to do with it, & the TRC probably stuck out here for me. On my layout refrigerated goods would be inwards (to the terminus) bound & the joint just 'aint big enough to warrant many of them. Whereas I probably wouldn't rush to the barricades over having to buy a 4 pack of S trucks. Of course this isn't a swipe at the good folks at On Track Models, rather a generic observation.
  a6et Minister for Railways

Fair comment about the costs associated with single item sales. The economics of providing products for a small market mean that packaging costs are a big consideration. But it would be nice... Plus the prototype vehicles' rarity has a bit to do with it, & the TRC probably stuck out here for me. On my layout refrigerated goods would be inwards (to the terminus) bound & the joint just 'aint big enough to warrant many of them. Whereas I probably wouldn't rush to the barricades over having to buy a 4 pack of S trucks. Of course this isn't a swipe at the good folks at On Track Models, rather a generic observation.
The railway dog

Doggie. Fair point, but remember that ref cars & for that matter most wagons no matter what they were used for would generally go loaded one way & then empty the other way, thus it does not matter much which way they run.  S & K wagons would often run empty both directions at times depending on orders.

Its interesting times ahead with other manufacturers announcements, in what is coming that will challenge for the purchaser.
  The railway dog Train Controller

Location: Adelaide Hills
a6et
Yes, whatever, there looks like being interesting times ahead for us NSWGR modellers. I can remember when painting an Athearn hopper car & lettering it as a BCH was considered OK. Things've moved on a bit since then. And TRCs are nice vehicles anyways. Plus I note that this conversation has scored me a promotion to engine crew, was station staff before.
Cheers.
  a6et Minister for Railways

a6et
Yes, whatever, there looks like being interesting times ahead for us NSWGR modellers. I can remember when painting an Athearn hopper car & lettering it as a BCH was considered OK. Things've moved on a bit since then. And TRCs are nice vehicles anyways. Plus I note that this conversation has scored me a promotion to engine crew, was station staff before.
Cheers.
The railway dog

Weren't they fun times?  Not sure of the brand but think it was an Athern version, but I was put off by the hopper having too may doors under it, so methinks no problem, just cut one out, & glue the thing back together.  Even though the fit was not good owing to the cuts not matching, I still managed to get it seemingly together.  Filled the non matching cuts in, sanded back smooth & a repaint ready for decals, & then I dropped it on a length of sponge type foam, & the rotter fell apart.

I still have the 2 sections & use it for test spraying.  Enjoy the promotion.
  The railway dog Train Controller

Location: Adelaide Hills
Weren't they fun times?  Not sure of the brand but think it was an Athern version, but I was put off by the hopper having too may doors under it, so methinks no problem, just cut one out, & glue the thing back together.  Even though the fit was not good owing to the cuts not matching, I still managed to get it seemingly together.  Filled the non matching cuts in, sanded back smooth & a repaint ready for decals, & then I dropped it on a length of sponge type foam, & the rotter fell apart.

I still have the 2 sections & use it for test spraying.  Enjoy the promotion.
a6et

I couldn't afford much Athearn stuff as being still in school it was comparatively expensive. But Hobbyco in Sydney sold American freight cars under the Crown label. I covered a gondola in Dulux flat black & decreed it to be a G wagon. Still got it somewhere.
  ontrackmodels Junior Train Controller

Location: Emu Plains, Australia
Hi All,

We received a nice little Christmas present of our friends at our factory.

A couple of photos of the first engineering sample of the TRC 38' Refrigerated Van which is due for delivery in the second quarter of 2014.

We've posted a photo to our usual places:
http://ontrackmodels.blogspot.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/On-Track ... 7763973725

http://www.flickr.com/photos/on_track_models/

We should get the model to study & report back to the factory on late next week, at which point we'll post some more photos.

Painted samples are due towards the end of January at this stage and we'll keep you updated as we go.

The On Track Models Team
  a6et Minister for Railways

Hi All,

We received a nice little Christmas present of our friends at our factory.

A couple of photos of the first engineering sample of the TRC 38' Refrigerated Van which is due for delivery in the second quarter of 2014.

We've posted a photo to our usual places:
http://ontrackmodels.blogspot.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/On-Track ... 7763973725

http://www.flickr.com/photos/on_track_models/

We should get the model to study & report back to the factory on late next week, at which point we'll post some more photos.

Painted samples are due towards the end of January at this stage and we'll keep you updated as we go.

The On Track Models Team
ontrackmodels
Look nice, looks like another addition to the fleet.
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

Treads aren't fat enough
  John_Bushell Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
Treads aren't fat enough
gw0071
I was hoping it had fatties on just for the mock up and proper wheels would be fitted when produced.

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