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6TH FEBRUARY 2016 – V/LOCITY UPDATE
AUSTRALIA’S PREMIUM PROTOTYPE & MODELLING MAGAZINES ARE ON SALE NOW AT YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBY SHOP OR NEWSAGENT
Southern Rail will be attending the
Sandown Model Train Show
12th, 13th & 14th March @ Sandown Racecourse
591 – 659 Princes Hwy
2nd & 3rd April @ The University of Canberra High School (Kaleen)
104 Baldwin Drive, Kaleen
DON’T BE A STRANGER – COME AND SAY HELLO
I was excited on Wednesday when a parcel arrived with the 2nd run V/locity samples. In fact I drooled, they are so good.
Naturally there are one or two minor issues to tidy up. Our factory is now closed for Chinese New Year but we were advised prior to their break that the V/locities will go straight into production once they return to work with an expected shipping date around 20th March.
Unfortunately, that will mean the stock will not be available at Sandown but will be available in early April.
ABOUT THIS MODEL – WHATS NEW ABOUT IT?
This model is being produced by our ‘L’ Class factory so you know the quality is A1
All new 5 pole motor
New all wheel pick up
All new inter car couplers
All new PCB
Factory fitted, non-sound ESU decoder in every model
All new Gearing
Additional new detail on models where applicable
The 3 top selling models from the 1st run repeated
New super graphics on all remaining models including the new “GEM” design.
Four new three car Limited Edition sets + 5 additional “Escape” series single car Limited Editions
ALL OF THE MODELS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE SANDOWN EXHIBITION
V/LOCITY 1st RUN / XPLORER / ENDEAVOUR – CONNECTING COUPLERS
Contary to social media chit chat, we previously advised customers through this web site and those directly contacting us about coupler difficulties that they may have experienced, that we had spare couplers available but they were as per what was currently on the models.
We also advised that there would be a new or retooled coupler on the 2nd run of V/locities and that we would order an additional quantity and make them available as replacements free of charge to anyone requiring them. ( The offer is limited to the extra quantity we ordered on a 1st in 1st out basis until the stock is finished).
ASK ANY OF THESE PREMIUM RETAILERS ABOUT THEIR SPECIAL PRE-DELIVER PRICE
The L Class continues to sell through. L268 Experimental is sold out. There is one L11 ARG remaining ( with sound ), 3 only L9 ARG 3102, Less than 10 of L1, L5, L17. Many of the sound units are sold out or close to it (only 52 in total remain ) but we have a limited stock of pre-recorded decoders that we can fit to a model until these too are sold out. Please ask us or your favourite retailer how we can help you.
Whilst temporally out of stock of the “Indian Pacific” sign we still have a few of the other front end commemorative signs available
WHAT MAKES A SOUTHERN RAIL PREMIUM RETAILER?
WHY WAS “END OF THE LINE HOBBIES” CHOSEN AS SOUTHERN RAIL’S PREMIUM RETAILER OF THE YEAR, RECEIVING THIS SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION SOUTHERN RAIL ‘L’ CLASS?
Our Premium Retailers:
Not all of our retailers are specialty train shops like . Some like are all round hobby shops that might have special appeal because of their variety and size or location for international travellers. Others, as we said like are specialty train shops. The one thing they have in common is that they offer a 1st class personalised service like at Hornsby in Sydney. These big city stores are not on their own though because this top service is also available from our country cousins like The Model Train Store at Bendigo Electronics. Of course, they also need to meet our terms of business.
So, to be Southern Rail’s PREMIUM RETAILER of the year you have to achieve an outstanding sales result. Last year if would have been for an outstanding sales result with the Vlocities. This is not based on store size but on an incredible result over and above what would normally be expected for that retailer. Unfortunately, we only instituted the award in 2015.
2015 was a close call because after a very slow start really ploughed away. On the other hand, our first winner and recipient of The Southen Rail Liveried ‘ L’ Class, End Of The Line Hobbies started in top gear & continued on in top gear. Congratulations Paul & Rod on an outstanding result.
May we remind you of our three New premium Retailers:
Tates Toys and Hobbies Toyworld
135 Shannon Ave, Geelong West VIC 3218
Ph: (03) 5222-4201(03) 5222-4201 | Fax: (03) 5223-3921
Cnr Stafford Rd & Shand St, Stafford 4053
Ph: (07) 3352-3333(07) 3352-3333 | Fax: (07) 3352-3300
Bob’s Models & Hobbies
1001 Victoria Road, West Ryde NSW 2114
Ph: (02)9809-0530(02)9809-0530/(02)9809-6948(02)9809-6948 | Fax: (02)9809-0650
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL HOBBY SHOP OTHERWISE THERE WON’T BE A HOBBY
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Do not expect a courteous response outside of these hours.
Fax & e-mail facilities are available.
A special call back time can be arranged by email or by sending a text message.
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