Has anyone heard any more on when these will be available ? Seems to have gone very quiet......
Are the eureka loco's good runners generally, and what is their quality like, as they look good in the photo's, but what are they like in person ?
I'm thinking of handing over the bucks for one, but I may wait until they update a bit more, as after the stories on here, it may be best to wait and see what happens.
Does anyone know how the dc sound works ( i am yet to dcc myself !), does it simply chuff as it speeds up, with a random whistle, or is it chuff and that's it, unless I go over to the dark side, and ask the minister of finance if she'll allow a dcc budget to enjoy all the sound goodies haha !
Its hard to say regarding the reliability of Eureka models, especially loco's as there have been many who have had no issues while others a lot. Also the aspect that there has been a factory change, & so far no loco's have come from the new factory so they are a total unknown quantity.
What is seen at the various Exhibitions that Eureka has a stand at, is there is always a stack of "take them as they are" type models, that is they are said to be returns, & when you pay for them there is essentially a no warranty & no return policy regarding them, so hard to imagine there reputation based on that aspect.
If you order a model watch the different prices, & also the Eureka web/blog site regarding delivery as there is usually different prices for them when first announced, then pre delivery & after delivery prices. The first announced price usually offers around $100.00 off the projected after delivery price, you get that price if paid in full or use the time payment method. The pre delivery price is just that & you get the model at around $50.00 cheaper.
One thing that I have noticed is that Ron does give details when a model is under production, then assembly & also when they have been loaded for shipment from China. That gives you some few weeks to get an order in & pay for it at that time, you are more sure of the getting the model then without the long wait with your money tied up. Also you will often see the pre-production models running at many of the exhibitions, he does not miss many of them.