MODELING THE SMR AND RVR!
Whats available - Whats coming!
Richmond Vale Railway:Steam Era:
A OO scale kit of this class was available from, I think, Chivers Finelines, in the UK and was sold here in Australia.
It is not currently available, although Al Cutmore (A R Kits) has mentioned an interest in doing it. Contact with the UK based company making them has been met with less than glowing interest.
CORRECTION: The model of the ROD was actually built in HO scale. One sold, complete, on UK Ebay a short while back for approximately $170 Australian. Thanks to Warren Dibb for the correction.
SMR 10 Class:
See 'South Maitland Railway'
Diesel Era:RVR diesels never eventuated, though there were plans for such some years prior to closure.
South Maitland Railway:Steam Era:
Lloyds Model Railways, based in Canberra, sold a kit for quite a few years until the business was sold. Many can be seen at exhibitions and sometimes kits and R-T-R versions show on Ebay.
It is believed that Casula Hobbies, who purchased this kit from Lloyd, has now released the kit again.
It is believed that the class did venture to Cessnock station.
Eureka Models bringing the 40 class out later in 2012.
Currently available from Train-O-Rama. Or, for the truly desperate, old Lima 44 class models are still regularly to be found on Ebay.
Believe to be still available through AR Kits.
Train-O-Rama currently has available some beautiful models of this class available. The 47 class spent many years hauling coal on the SMR. These were not available by June 2012, but are planned to be run again.
Powerline has sold a R-T-R 48 class for many years, a number of the units represented likely having seen use on the SMR (check our growing fleetlist). These models are not 100% correct in size, but they certainly look good and have found a place on our future SMR layout.
Train-O-Rama are planning to bring out a 48 class model in the future. Going by their past efforts it is expected this will be a great model.
Powerline has recently re-released its 48 class with a totally new model compared to their original effort. The first batch have a problem with cab roof height, but we believe this is to be corrected on the next lot.
Silverton and Austrac (Junee Railway Workshops) 48 class have both been available over the years and may turn up on Ebay from time to time.
The new kids on the block are available ready to run from Auscision Models. A number of these a SMR relevant straight out of the box.
Basically a 48 class with a rebuilt cab, originally converted for push/pull duties on Sydney PortLink duties.
No PL class exists ready to run, however Casula Hobbies has been promising to do a cab kit for a number of years, advertising such at a Broadmeadow exhibition. Nothing has yet eventuated.
Berg's Hobbies was also looking into a cab kit as a possibility.
Both Austrains and Powerline have recently brought out models of the T class. Austrains offers T385 R-T-R. Both are excellent looking models and are reported to be close in quality.
Non Air Coal Hoppers:
The private non-air coal hoppers as used on both systems were available for many years from Lloyds Model Railways. No other company has yet decided to re-run them following their closure and sale.
As of June 2013 another company had plans to release these. More details when I am allowed to release them.
Bogie Coal Hoppers:
AR Kits have available coal hoppers (kit and R-T-R) of bogie coal hoppers suitable for the SMR.
On Track Models also supply RTR coal hoppers that would be suitable for someone modelling the SMR.
Brown Brake Van:
These brake vans were available for many years from Lloyds Model Railways. No other company has yet decided to re-run them following their closure and sale.
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