Met-Camm’s stylish 1960s DEMU set is announced for a 2011 release.
AT ITS TRADE open day today, July 25th, Bachmann Europe announced that it is to produce an all new six-car Midland Region ‘Blue Pullman’ diesel-electric multiple unit as part of its highly regarded Branchline ‘OO’ scale range. Metropolitan Cammell built two of these iconic luxury trains in 1959 for use on the Midland Main line between London St. Pancras and Manchester Central during peak business travel times, which entered service exactly 50 years ago.
Following completion of the West Coast Main Line electrification scheme the two ‘Midland Pullman’ units moved to the Western Region to complement the similar three WR sets which were eight-car units. There were differences between the two types. After carrying the Pullman grey/blue (the reversed corporate blue/grey colour scheme) for a period they were withdrawn from service in May 1973.
The ‘Blue Pullman’ has been a much-requested model and Bachmann was due to announce this project in March 2011. Graham Hubbard, Bachmann’s Managing Director said today “we are aware of others announcing the possibility of producing this unit. We have been working on it for several months and in order to bring clarity to the situation we have made our plans public ”.
Graham continued “we first looked at this famous train some years ago and at the time we did not consider it viable. However the market has changed considerably over the past two years and we felt the time was right to dust off our plans. We had decided to do so long before the recent announcement from a retailer”.
Each six-car unit will comprise 2x Power cars, 2x Kitchen Cars (Type 4) and 2x Parlour Cars (Type 6) and will be sold as a six-car unit.
The new model will incorporate today’s leading edge technologies and will include the following features:
• Drive system in power car
• New style close coupling concept
• Central coach ceiling and table lamp lighting
• Directional lighting
• Cab lights
• Sound prepared
• Etched fan grilles
• DCC socket
The full six-car set (Catalogue No 31-255) is expected to retail at around £300. All four livery variations will be produced at some stage (Midland Nanking blue, Midland Nanking blue w/ half yellow ends, Western Nanking blue w/ full yellow ends and reversed BR grey/blue), while Bachmann also intends to look at DCC Sound options at a future stage.