Shops receive first batch of new Bachmann Class 37/4 and 37/5 locos.
FOUR YEARS AFTER it’s first – discredited – attempt at the refurbished Class 37, Bachmann has finally outshopped the first examples of it’s heavily retooled and upgraded model. Released at the end of last week, the first ’37’ to make it into the shops is No. 37672 in Transrail triple-grey livery with ‘big T’ logo.
Significant developments include a new six-wheel drive, opening cab doors, cab lighting and a new etched fan and grille. The Transrail machine, Catalogue No. 32-375DC, also comes pre-fitted with a DCC decoder, for an RRP of £76.15.
A second locomotive, representing No. 37410 Aluminium 100 in large logo blue livery (DCC ready), is also apparently in the country. However, it is unclear whether this model is actually on sale at the time this post was written following a Bachmann press release received earlier today, which read:
Bachmann Europe PLC has released the first of its Class 37/4 locomotives in the form of 37410 Aluminium 100 (Catalogue No. 32-382). The recommended retail price of the Class 37/4 locomotive is £65.15.
A number of rumours have been circulating regarding the status of the recently introduced Class 37 locomotives. During transit a number of locomotives were damaged and could not be released. Those that were released were checked prior to despatch and no damage was found.
Graham Hubbard, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc said today “It is regrettable that damage has occurred to some locomotives but these and subsequent batches will require revised packaging to avoid this problem in future”.
Two further refurbished Class 37s are due before the end of the year: 32-380DS Class 37/5 37698 Coedbach Railfreight Coal (DCC Sound) £145.15 (Oct/Nov) and 32-381 Class 37/4 37411 Ty Hafan EWS £65.15 (July/Aug).
Look out of the full review of the new Bachmann Class 37 in the next issue of RAIL EXPRESS – out on June 21st.