Trainorama have finally released their HO scale GM locomotive. Versions available are mainly the non dynamic brake series; not seen on the Adelaide to Melbourne route, and GM 42 with only the rear fan cover. Until a double cover dynamic brake version is released in either AN or G&W livery, my money is safe.
A mate brought his Commonwealth Railways livery GM 32 over on Saturday. A fine looking model, pity about the colour (more sort of a desert faded red). The model is of a fair weight, and the new motor (one reason for the lengthy wait for its release) ran smoothly and quietly. In fact it ran at a similar speed to the Austrains CL, with no tugging or pushing between each unit.
Compare the GM with the Austrains CL behind it, which has a better rendition of the colour. In the bottom photo, the GM is against a true Commonwealth Railways red colour chip, supplied to me by Clyde Engineering, many years ago, and religiously kept in a dark place so it cannot fade.