A tonne of new releases from the Bachmann ‘N’ subsidiary.
THE FLOOD OF new items in the smaller scale continues with another big batch of ‘N’ gauge locomotives, coaches and freight rolling stock in the Graham Farish by Bachmann range.
Amongst the big new releases is the Class 220 ‘Voyager’ diesel-electric multiple unit, which is produced in Virgin Trains CrossCountry colours. This outstanding new model is every bit as good as its larger 4mm scale relative. The model is painted, appropriately, as No. 220001 Maiden Voyager (Cat Ref. 371675, RRP £115.45). It is due to be followed by a version wearing the latest Arriva CrossCountry livery (Cat Ref. 371-678).
Also ‘bang on’ for the contemporary era modeller is the Class 57/0. First released in teh Spring of this year, it has now been produced wearing the ‘compass’ version of Direct Rail Services’ blue. Cat Ref. 371-654 wears the TOPS number 57011 and sports an RRP of £84.55.
For the ever-popular 1970s era and before, the highly anticipated Class 42 BR Swindon-built ‘Warship’ is now available. This has been extensively previewed on this website and in RAIL EXPRESS Modeller itself, and it lives every bit up to the hype that has been building for this release. Four versions make up the first run, as follows: 371-600 D817 Foxhound BR maroon , 371-601 D822 Hercules BR blue, 371-602 D814 Dragon BR green, and 371-603 D815 Druid BR maroon. RRP for the four diesel hydraulics is £79.20 each.
The high quality continues with another brand-spanking new release based on a well-regarded 4mm scale product. The ‘Multifret’ intermodal twin container flat (TOPS coded FIA or IFA) is finally now available, and comes packaged with a pair of 45ft high-cube containers. The latter come painted in three liveries: Seawheel (Cat Ref. 377-350), Axis (Cat Ref. 377-351) and SeaCo (Cat Ref. 377-352). RRP is £28.45 each.
September also sees the release of the first of a new run of the ex-Graham Farish Mk. 1s in BR blue/grey livery. The Brake Composite Corridor is pictured below (Cat Ref. 374-080B, RRP £14.50), but plans include BSK, FK, TSO and RMB in the same colours.
Finally, on the wagon front, a 12-ton ventilated box van (planked sides) for margarine traffic is also now available (Cat Ref. 373-701A, RRP £6.05).