Brand new Class 03 and 2-EPB unit head up Bachmann’s programme.
BACHMANN TOOK THE opportunity to launch a number of product range additions and enhancements at the Model & Hobby Show trade event this last weekend, effectively signalling the company’s production plan for the next 12-18 months.
Headline announcements in its Branchline ‘OO’ gauge line were a brand new Class 03 diesel shunter and a Class 416 2-EPB third rail electric multiple unit. These will be joined by new items of freight rolling stock encompassing the 20-ton traditional ‘Presflo’, IPA ‘twin’ car transporter, JGA bogie cement tanker and DB Schenker’s MBA & MOA bogie box wagons.
As is to be expected, numerous products also receive new colour schemes such as the Class 66 which will wear DB Schenker red and the DRS/Malcolm customer livery. A number of current projects not far off completion were also displayed, notably the Class 150 DMUs, which are the first Bachmann items to be manufactured in the Sanda Kan factory, and an upgraded Class 47 showing revised bogie, bufferbeam and underframe tank detail.
‘OO’ gauge Branchline highlights:
• Class 03 shunter
Brand new tooling with redesigned chassis incorporating die-cast running plate and DCC decoder socket. Detail variation to include different exhaust stacks and the fitting of air-brake equipment. Running numbers will be: D2011 BR green, D2388 BR green with wasp stripes, 03066 BR Blue.
• 2-EPB Southern EMU
Two-car unit to the BR build of the original SR design. Internal lighting plus illuminated headcode panels are promised along with fully detailed underfloor equipment. Initial liveries offered will be BR green, blue and blue/grey.
• New freight rolling stock
VTG bogie cement hopper (TOPS code JPA) in Lafarge & Castle Cement liveries
EWS high-sided bogie box wagons (TOPS code MBA) with/without buffers
EWS low-sided bogie box wagon (TOPS code MOA)
STVA ‘twin’ double-deck car transporter (TOPS code IPA)
20-ton ‘Presflo’ cement/powder wagon – Tunnel/Crown/Blue Circle/Snowcrete
• Notable reliveries
37428 David Lloyd George Railfreight Petroleum sub-sector
37406 The Saltire Society Railfreight Distribution
57315 Arriva Trains Wales
66152 DB Schenker red/grey
66412 DRS/Malcolm Rail
D95 BR plain green (split headcode)
• New 4mm scale Scenecraft buildings
Cement works; Brewery complex; Lineside hut; Diesel depot office, fuel storage tanks, bicycle rack, lifiting jacks and sanding plant; Modern industrial unit plus accessories including plastic bundled tanks, cable drums, commercial skips, and fencing; Station kiosk and ticket machines; House under construction. Low-relief buildings are also being introduced for the first time to represent terraced house backs and factory buildings.
All models are hand-painted pre-production samples. Photographs by Philip Sutton, not to be reproduced without permission.