‘Skateboards’ and ‘Sprinters’

Test shots of the new Class 150 and 153 units.

Hornby pre-production Class 153

TWO OTHER IMPORTANT new models that were being shown off in pre-production form at DEMU’s Burton exhibition were the Hornby Class 153 single-car DMU and both Class 150/1 and Class 150/2 versions of Bachmann’s forthcoming ‘Sprinter’ unit.

The rivet detail on display on the bodysides of Hornby’s ‘Tin Rocket’ is sublime, while the underframe and bogies also look to be quite nice. Hornby has pointed out that the plated windows will be made less obvious on the finished model, while the interior will be revised so the seats are not obvious above the window line.

Hornby pre-production Class 153

A few disappointments are evident in the test tooling. The motor bogie looks to be the same fairly average standard unit fitted to Hornby’s Lima re-releases, while the moulded windscreen wipers on the cab front are very poor. It would also have been nice to have seen the NRN roof pod platform as a separate item.

Two different snowploughs look to be included, along with a representation of the autocoupler for modellers who do not wish to use the supplied tension lock or other NEM-based coupler system.

Hornby pre-production Class 153

Only the bodyshells of the new Bachmann ‘Sprinter’ DMU were on display, however, the manufacturer was promising further images soon of a complete made up unit including underframe and other details.

Bachmann pre-production Class 150

Bachmann has identified a number of areas of the bodyshells that are not quite correct and these will be altered before the model goes into production.

Bachmann pre-production Class 150

The company indicated that it was aware of other units within the York-built Mk. 3 family and if the Class 150 proves to be popular then some of these may also be looked at for the future.

Bachmann pre-production Class 150

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