Given that GWA have received their UGL built GWU class locomotives. See the link below of the first delivery run. This creates another modelling possibility.
I have long been working on rebuilding an Austrains NR class, the original model is a great starting point and captures the look of the prototype quite nicely. An article on the class including scale drawing was published in the Australian Model Railway Magazine in the April 2000 issue, worth a look.
However the model when originally released, had some down sides. These include molded on air hoses, large gap around the coupler, non working ditch lights. These features thankfully these have been fixed in the second run of the NR class.
What remains is the frame is just too wide. Now this rebuild is not for the faint hearted. But below I have outlined some changes that you might like to make to your NR class.
Anyway these models have languished unfinished, purely because of my lack of enthusiasm for the prototype. However, as I discussed with Glen the GWA GWU class, look like being rostered on the Darwin run, and Glen has spied two AQQY's with in-line refueling containers fitted, which will enable the class to run on the line without fuel limitations.
Thus these NR class models are perfect candiates for conversion into GWU class locomotives.
Glen has already done the detail shots, so I will standby. But building a GWU is more interesting to me than an NR. So watch this space.
With ultra modern Alice Springs I could operate, GWA, GWU, ALF, CLF, CLP, GM FQ (now seem to be asigned to other duties) and FQ class. Then the occasional ring in, in the form of NR & AN class on the Ghan. VL and EL lease jobs, and 700 class that deputising for a broken FJ.
If you look at AN in 1993, some things seem to change but others still stay the same. With EL DL AN GM CLF CLP AL BL, 830 and 600 class. Thus the only classes that don't turn up to Alice Springs anymore are the BL DL, 830 and 600 class.
Anyway I am off to finish off the last boards for Alice Springs...
And hope that you look at some tweaks to your NR class fleet.