Bachmann Europe PLC is to produce an ‘OO’ gauge Cravens Class 105 diesel multiple unit in the Branchline range.
NEW IN THE 2008 Bachmann range will be the distinctive Class 105 DMUs. 141 units were built by Cravens (Sheffield) between 1956 and 1959. Nineteen of the class originally operated as 3 car units before the centre trailers were withdrawn between 1968 and 1970, the rest operated as two car units.
The Cravens Company had been involved in the building of Mark 1 coaches and these units incorporated a number of features from these vehicles. The body side profiles were identical to those found on Mark 1 coaches and used the same doors and windows.
The units saw service over a wide area of the Eastern, London Midland, North Eastern and Scottish regions. They operated over the Midland & Great Northern joint line for a period until its closure in 1959 and some were fitted with tablet catchers for this work. Many operated around East Anglia, Manchester, Lincoln, Newcastle and on suburban services out of London Kings Cross prior to electrification.
The first unit was withdrawn in 1961 and the last in 1989. Nine driving motor vehicles were converted for parcels use in the late 1980’s but were later withdrawn. Three vehicles have been preserved.
The new models will comprise a DMBS + DTCL vehicle, feature all wheel pick-up, flywheel drive and bi-directional lighting systems. Three versions will appear in BR green with speed whiskers (31-326), BR green with half yellow ends (31-327) and BR blue (31-325) These OO models will retail at £83.95. The models will be released over the next 18 months.