Another year of wagons roll from Bachmann.
THE EVER EXPANDING range of Bachmann Branchline wagons sees the introduction of several new models, the highlights being a BAA bogie steel carrier, an FNA bogie nuclear flask wagon and an OTA two-axle timber wagon.
For those modelling the modern scene the bogie steel coil carrier with load will be a welcome addition. 305 of these wagons were built between 1972 and 1976 at the BR workshops at Ashford and Shildon. Many remain in traffic today as part of the DB Schenker wagon fleet (previously EWS). All will be supplied with cradles carrying steel coil loads.
The OTA timber wagon is used for the transport of trees mainly from Scotland to paper mills. They were first converted in 1985 from other types and were fitted with stanchions to retain the timber in place with high ends, some such as VDA vans retained the original ends. Some 268 OTA wagons were in operation during the peak years of timber traffic. Many are currently in store following the loss of a major contract by EWS in 2006 to another operator. Bachmann are producing the version converted from VDA vehicles. The models will be sold with a lumber load.
The LNER/BR 13-Ton steel open wagon will have three variants of body on an all new eight-clasp brake shoe chassis. The body types are the version with rope/chain securing rings, plain sides or plain sides with wooden doors.
The new eight-clasp brake chassis will also be used for the LNER/BR 12-Ton vans which will again have three versions of body tooling including metal ends with ventilators, wooden planked ends with ventilators and the Fruit van version with louvered ends and roof ventilators.
The FNA nuclear flask wagon is also being produced. Three versions will be available with black floor and round buffers (Ref. 38-345), sloping floor with changeover valve and oval buffers (Ref. 38-346) and sloping floor with round buffers. All three will carry the flask.