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Hunslet Update – One more bump in the road (Sept 21)

(First posted 21-Sep-2020)

We had been expecting delivery of the Hunslets very soon but the latest communication we’ve received from the Factory has unfortunately changed this. Two things have conspired to cause this final delay, the first is that the assembly of the production Hunslets is proving to be more challenging than the Factory first thought due to the additional Quality Control processes required, to ensure the previously advised wheel set issues are resolved, and also the complexity of the models themselves. Second is that COVID restrictions and associated resourcing issues from the Pandemic are slowing up the production cycle. (This last point is also affecting deliveries of other models from other manufacturers.)

So with this development, the Factory have committed to a new schedule that means the Hunslets will now be shipped in 3 batches (with specific liveries in each batch) starting with the first scheduled for late October (NB latest info seems to indicate a further delay). Each batch will be airfreighted to the UK so should arrive relatively quickly after despatch from the Factory. As you will recall our intention had been to get one batch delivered from the Factory and ALL pre-orders shipped out by our volunteers as soon as possible before any models would be made available for sale to the membership. This process has to change now due to the 3 batches being delivered with different liveries in each. (We did ask for all pre-orders to be sent first but this was not possible due the detail differences on each model that are required to setup the production lines and effectively lengthening the time to produce). 

The Revised Process.

1.  Members who have pre-ordered one model only: balance requests for the full value of your order (inc p&p) will be sent out after we have confirmation that the batch containing your required livery is on its way/has arrived.  Your model will be despatched to you as soon as possible after receipt of your payment.

2. Members who have pre-ordered two models: balance requests for the full value of your order (inc p&p) will be sent out after we have confirmation that the batch containing either or both of your required liveries is on its way/has arrived.  If in fact your models arrive in separate deliveries, your first model will be despatched as soon as possible after receipt of your payment, and your second model a.s.a.p. thereafter, at no extra charge.

3. Members who have ordered three or more models: balance requests for the full value of your order (inc. p&p) will be sent out after we have confirmation that the batch containing the first of your required liveries is on its way/has arrived.  If, as is likely, your models arrive in separate deliveries, the first item(s) received will be despatched as soon as possible after receipt of your payment, and the balance of your order as soon as the final liveried model is received thereafter, at no extra charge.  If you decide at any stage that you would like the balance of your order in a second and a third package, an extra £4 p&p will be requested, to help to offset additional costs incurred.

The above process will ensure that pre-orders will be despatched, either in whole or in part, as soon as reasonably possible after each shipment arrives. The liveries from each shipment will then go on General sale to all members once the pre-orders relating to that shipment have been dealt with. This is the best way we could find to ensure that those members who have pre-ordered more than one model at least get something to be going on with, if not everything that they have pre-ordered, as soon as possible, rather than waiting for everything to arrive.

Overall whilst disappointed with this final bump in the road, our end goal remains unchanged – to deliver the best possible model to our members with game changing features, excellent performance and all at a very, very competitive price.

Kind Regards,

Bob Symmons
NGS Treasurer

(Sept. 21st)

(Any further queries regarding pre-orders, which are not answered in the above text, should be directed to the Membership Secretary, who is overseeing the pre-order distribution process. To the best of our knowledge at the moment, the first delivery will include the three NCB liveries, the British Steel livery and the ‘Big John’ livery. When we know which liveries will be included in the later deliveries, we will post the information on this website).

NGS Shop News Latest

For full details see the NGS Shop News Page

21 Oct 2020 – Order status

Recent order status (excluding ModelMasters orders): For the details see Status of recent shop orders

9 orders in hand 21 Oct
11 orders posted 20 Oct
8 orders posted 16 Oct
15 orders posted 13 Oct
16 orders posted 12 Oct
15 orders posted 8 Oct
For the details of NGS shop orders processed in the last two weeks, see Status of recent shop orders

20 Oct 2020 – Restock

  • NGSK0110 Kit 11 BR Seacow Bogie Ballast Hoppers wagon kits.
  • NGSK0460 Kit 46 Bogie Bolster E or YCV Turbot.
  • NGST0271 Transfers for kit 27/43 BR Salmon/Osprey.
  • NGST0380 Transfers for kit 38 BR Borail.
  • NGST0390 Transfers for kit 39 BR Mullet

19 Oct 2020 – Restock

  • NGSK0220 Kit 22 Shark Plough Brake back in stock
  • NGSB0300 4 axle wheel sets back in stock
  • NGST048 Decals for Kit 48. LMS/GWR Open Wagon now in stock

18 Oct 2020 – Due soon

On the way to the shop, restocks of:

  • NGSK0110 Kit 11 BR Seacow Bogie Ballast Hoppers wagon kits.
  • NGSK0460 Kit 46 Bogie Bolster E or YCV Turbot.
  • NGST0271 Transfers for kit 27/43 BR Salmon/Osprey.
  • NGST0380 Transfers for kit 38 BR Borail.
  • NGST0390 Transfers for kit 39 BR Mullet

17 Oct 2020 – Stove R and Snowploughs

Dapol have provided a quote and accepted our order for a new production run of the NGS Exclusive Stove R 6-wheeld brake and BR Snowploughs

12 Oct 2020 – Restock

  • NGSK0280 Kit 28 RMS JGA Bogie Hopper back in stock

10 Oct 2020 – Restock

  • NGSB0009 5’6″ Diamond Framed Bogies back in stock

9 Oct 2020 – Restock

  • NGSK0110 Kit 11 Seacow are back in stock

1 Oct 2020 – Restock

  • NGSK0030 Kit 3 MR/LMS/BR Outside Framed Van back in stock.
  • NGSK0140 Kit 14 LNER/BR 8-plank Mineral Wagon back in stock.

For full details see the NGS Shop News Page

IS YOUR SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP DUE FOR RENEWAL?

As well as on your membership card, your renewal date appears above your name on your journal address sheets, together with your membership number. A reminder is printed on the first page of the newsletter which accompanies each journal, prompting you to check the foregoing.

If your renewal is due, a renewal form is printed on the reverse of the address slip. Alternatively, you can renew your membership online at www.ngsjoin.com.

Overseas members and journal 3/20

Members resident abroad who are still experiencing postal delays and who would like an interim electronic copy of journal 3/20 pending receipt of their hard copy should email membership-secretary@ngaugesociety.com with their request and include their membership number.

A page link and a password will be provided to enable a PDF to be downloaded.  This method will form the basis of  a new system whereby, with effect from journal 4/20, members will be able to receive electronic journal copies online instead of hard copies through the post.  For more information see the E-journal page here.

N Gauge Website

The N Gauge Website is undergoing maintenance over the next few weeks. This involves changing the web address away from “newweb” which was always meant to be a temporary expedient. A major update on the software that runs the website will also take place although this may not be obvious to the user. Some links may not work properly during this period. As ever, we are reliant on volunteers for this work who only have limited time available.  We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you will understand the need for maintenance of the site.

Philip Griffin, Chairman

NGS approves Ferry van CAD- two versions to be offered.

The N Gauge Society’s next RTR model – the popular BR Ferryvan – has reached another milestone with the final approval of the CAD drawings.  The model is now ready to go to tooling, and this will proceed once the Treasurer gives authorisation.

Additional detailing – including the truss cross braces and vacuum pipe – has been added to the underside.
Keen-eyed members will also spot that there are variations in the ends; the first batch of wagons built-in 1962 had narrow uprights at each end, but the second and third batches (built from 1964) had reinforcements added from the upper horizontal rib to the buffer beam.  The earlier wagons were subsequently given the same modification and photographic evidence suggests the entire fleet had been modified by 1970.
These are visually quite obvious, so the NGS model is being tooled to ensure both can be depicted.  Final livery selections are yet to be made, but potential options include the original version with “British Railways Ferry Van” lettering, subsequent “Through to the Continent with British Railways” branding and other versions with the BR double arrow and in departmental use.