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AU$ 84,352
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89
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 30 2014 4:38 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 30, 2014

N scale NSWGR AD60 Garratt locomotive

Building ready-to-run NSWGR AD60 Garratt locomotives in N scale

N scale NSWGR AD60 Garratt locomotive

Building ready-to-run NSWGR AD60 Garratt locomotives in N scale

AU$ 84,352
pledged of AU$ 110,000pledged of AU$ 110,000 goal
89
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, June 30 2014 4:38 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 30, 2014

About

There is no Australian ready-to-run (RTR) N scale NSWGR AD60 available.  This is an iconic locomotive in Australia and although there have been many HO scale versions produced in brass and RTR plastic, none have been produced in N scale.

This project will produce an exceptionally high-quality, injection moulded RTR model.  It will not be a rapid 3D prototype or a 3D printed model.  

If you pledge $500 to this project, you will receive one (1) AD60 as a reward should the project go ahead.  You can pledge $500 multiple times and each pledge will result in a reward of an AD60.

AD60 working prototype
AD60 working prototype

The AD60 class were Beyer-Garratt patent articulated four-cylinder, simple, non-condensing, coal-fired superheated, 4-8-4+4-8-4 heavy goods steam locomotives built by Beyer, Peacock and Company for the New South Wales Government Railways in Australia. The 4-8-4+4-8-4 Beyer-Garratt patent consists of a boiler carried on a separate frame in the centre of the locomotive and supported by the frames of the two engines, one at each end. The locomotive thus consists of three parts: a water tank, a fixed chassis supporting a boiler and a rear engine unit carrying a coal bunker and water tank. Coupled axle loading of 16 tons and able to negotiate 6 chain curves. The locomotive was the most powerful engine to operate in Australia.

Early trials proved the 14 ton bunker was not sufficient for the locomotives to run from Enfield to Goulburn so the bunkers were enlarged to carry 18 tons of coal.  30 of the locos were given enlarged cylinders to increase the tractive effort from 59560lbs to 63490lbs and the axle loading was increased by 2 tons to 18 tons per axle. The same 30 locos were were also fitted with dual controls and they were designated with 'DC' on the front and rear of the loco. Three 105ft turntables were installed, one each Broadmeadow, Enfield and Werris Creek depots as they were 105ft in length over the bufferbeam.

Gopher Models are produced by BadgerBits and have an enviable track record of producing quality Australian N scale locomotives and rolling stock.  The Gopher 48 class has been an outstanding success and is indicative of the quality of the AD60.

The AD60 has been in design stage for a long time and is now ready for production; all it requires is YOUR funding to make it happen.

AD 60 working prototype from the top
AD 60 working prototype from the top

If the funding goal is reached, then the production process in China will commence and it is expected that the models will be delivered in 18-24 months after the funding goal is met.

AD60 rear detail
AD60 rear detail
AD60 centre detail
AD60 centre detail
AD60 front detail
AD60 front detail
AD60 head on!
AD60 head on!

 The following video shows Gopher models 48 class with FO carriages (foreground) passing the prototype AD60.  All the locomotives and carriages, apart from the AD60, are production models made by Gopher models.

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 YOUR participation will make this prototype AD60 a production reality!

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Risks and challenges

The main challenge for the production of the AD60 is the Chinese factories.

Although Gopher Models has an excellent relationship with a number of factories and has consistently delivered high quality products made by them, the Chinese factories are subject to delays, production-slot stealing and other issues that may delay the delivery of the model.

Once started, the project runs for approximately 18 months to 2 years. That 2 years is broken down into a timeline, from the negotiating the contract, design, prototype (which we call the Engineering Prototype or EP), paint scheme and decoration sample, production run and shipping.

Negotiating the contract is the shortest and easiest part of the process. This involves costings, setting a time for completion (this can vary over the life of the project), colour schemes and numbers etc.

The design phase is the longest part usually taking over half of the time. It is designed in 3D and there will be updates along the project so people can see the progress. It will take a little while for the first drawings to be put up as conceptualisation of the design is like creating a masterpiece. As the proof of concept moves into the drawing stage, that is when drawings will start to appear. The drawings will then show cutaways, full outside images and anything you may request.

The prototype (EP) is then filmed at the factory and that film then forwarded to me for examination. Then once I am happy, it is sent to me from the factory for a very stringent test to see it runs smoothly, pulls the correct load, checking the detail and dimensional accuracy (this is also done throughout the drawing stage). At this stage anything can be changed that is required for production.

Artwork for the boxing and the box are designed (it takes only about 3 days for the design to be completed) including the internal packaging of the box are completed and produced.

Pad printing for decoration is then approved and loco numbers selected is forwarded for approval.

Once the prototype has been approved for production, production takes place. Production takes about a month to 6 weeks.

Shipping then takes approximately 4 - 8 weeks. Shipping includes clearing customs and delivery.

When the AD60 is received here the models will be shipped to those who have made this project possible. All other sale will be held off till all the backers have received their models.

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