Bachmann announces 2008/9 programme at London Toyfair
WITH HORNBY HAVING announced its 2008 range at the beginning of the year, the attention now turns to Bachmann, which has released its new catalogue at the Toy Fair at Excel in London’s Docklands today.
With most of the main locomotive gaps having already been filled over the last few years with models to the latest specifications, the Barwell-firm has announced a range of new products that exploit other key ‘missing’ models. Overall, it is an impressive programme that introduces many new products as well making a firm commitment to items announced in previous years.
The headline releases for diesel and electric era modellers in the Bachmann Branchline ‘OO’ gauge selection cover some fascinating items.
First up, and perhaps bouyed up by the success of the Class 108 Derby Lightweight DMU, Bachmann will be producing a second first-generation diesel multiple unit in the form of the Cravens two-car Class 105 (see picture at top of page).
This is followed up by a Railtrack/Network Rail Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV).
Many modellers will be pleased to see the Wabtec, Doncaster, constructed HQA/JJA ‘Autoballaster’ bogie hopper wagons, which have long been championed by RAIL EXPRESS Modeller, and recently also topped a Diesel & Electric Modellers United poll for top wagon requests.
Also new on the freight stock front will be a TEA tank wagon with conical ends. and an 8-ton BR standard cattle wagon.
Locomotive-wise, the Bachmann will be fitting digital sound to its Class 40 and Class 45 ‘Peak’ diesels. The latter will also see a split-box version produced.
Finally, the Class 47 will be released in improved form with revised chassis incorporating new underframe equipment and bogie sideframes.
‘N’ gauge modellers have not been left out and the Graham Farish range will see a Class 47 diesel locomotive and the Class 108 DMU replicated in the smaller scale (see separate news items).
The brand new products will be joined by the previously announced products in both scales. In ‘OO’, this includes the Class 150/1 & 150/2 DMUs and the 4-CEP EMU which has been delayed by the lack of accurate drawings.
Bachmann’s press release is as follows:
Bachmann Europe plc today announced its 2008 programme at the London Toy Fair, held at Excel in London’s Docklands. 2008 sees the 60th Anniversary of Kader Industries (the parent company of Bachmann Europe) and the 175th Anniversary of the Bachmann Company, although links with model railways only began in 1952.
The company has announced that it will produce in its Branchline ‘OO’ range a Class 105 DMU, MPV Multi Purpose Vehicle, TEA tank wagon with conical ends, ‘Autoballaster’ wagons and an 8-Ton BR standard cattle wagon. It has also confirmed its intention to produce an original Patriot Class locomotive.
Also on display were the first engineering proving samples of the G2A ‘Super D’ 0-8-0 locomotive announced at the Toy Fair last year. Development work has now been completed on the Class 150/1 and Class 150/2 ‘Sprinter’ DMUs and these will enter the tool room next month. Development work is continuing on the Class 411 4-Cep unit but has been hampered by the lack of official works drawings which appear to have been destroyed.
In the ‘N’ gauge Graham Farish range a new Class 47 locomotive and a Class 108 diesel multiple unit will be introduced.
A number of existing items in both the Branchline and Farish items will appear in the new liveries of recently formed Train Operating Companies. Others will follow in due course once the licensing arrangements have been finalised.
The digital revolution continues to build on the success of the recently launched Dynamis system, with the pro-box (36-508) now under development and the introduction of a new point decoder (36-561).
Digital sound continues to attract more and more modellers and 2008 will see the introduction of the first steam locomotive to be fitted with a sound decoder. The model of 45593 Kolhapur in BR green with early crest will retail at £185.00. Further diesel locomotives will have sound fitted for the first time including the Class 40 and Class 45 locomotives which will compliment the existing range of sound fitted locomotives.
The Underground Ernie range saw significant new releases in time for the 2007 Christmas market. So far six trains, three stations and four extension track packs have been produced in addition to the train set released for Christmas 2006.
The new 2008 Branchline and Farish catalogues have been published to coincide with the opening of the London Toy Fair and will be available shortly at £4.50 from Bachmann dealers.
Graham Hubbard, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc said today “2007 was a very busy year for us with the launch of many new products including the Aristocraft large scale Class 66, several new locomotives in both OO and N scale and our Dynamis DCC system which is proving to be a great success. We are not standing still and this year will see the introduction of many new products including the launch of our Scenecraft range of buildings, figures and road vehicles. We can now offer complete systems of track, buildings, scenic items, control systems together with a large selection of trains from around the World”.