“We have recently suffered a significant loss at the hands of UPS who lost the box containing the SP narrow gauge steam engine pilot models. As we researched ways to further protect against loss from shipments both from Korea and to our dealers, we have decided to purchase a Cargo Policy from UPS Capital, a subsidiary of UPS. Changing carriers was ruled out as the other options were deemed even worse than UPS. Please be prepared for a significant increase in shipping costs billed through to you as we spread this annual insurance premium cost ratably across shipments during the year. As always, thank you for your support of our projects. Chuck and Ed. “
One of our worst fears has been realized. It appears UPS has lost the three pilot models while they were on a trip from Korea to Northern California for the National Narrow Gauge Convention. The package took its normal route from Seoul to Anchorage to Ontario but since Monday it is showing in Lathrop. There is no reason for it to have ever gone to Lathrop.
Unfortunately Chuck and I won’t be able to attend the convention without the models……
Here is a little progress report on the SP Narrow Gauge project. These are the first three pilot models sitting near final solder assembly. The brass boiler on the far left represents SP #9 in her ’56/’57 sometimes called circus configuration shown in the photo by Dudley Westler. She was put back in black paint in 1958. We are doing that version as well. There is still availability on all versions. Please get your order in to one of our dealers soon.
The IC, Wabash and SP E unit production samples were at Chuck’s house last weekend for final inspection and were returned to Korea on Monday. There are no further changes to the brass. Final corrections submitted to Boo-Rim were for paint and lettering. Delivery of the entire production run of E units is estimated end of August. Final corrections to the brass models of the IC trains and 10-6 sleepers are being soldered now and painting will begin soon. Delivery of these passenger cars is estimated end of October.
We will be setting final production quantities on Friday April 19 for the IC City of Miami, City of New Orleans as well as all the 10-6 sleeper versions. Any reservations received after that date will be placed on the back-up list. Please get your reservations in now…..