Bachmann Europe PLC today (23 February 2009) announced its 2009 programme at the Model & Hobby Show, held in Leicester. 2009 marks the 20th Anniversary of the introduction of Bachmann Branchline OO gauge model railways brand.
The company has announced that it will produce in its Branchline OO range, two new steam locomotives in the form of LNER O4 Class 2-8-0 heavy freight locomotives and the British Railways Standard Class 3MT 2-6-2T locomotives used on branch line services from 1952. The company also announced that the BR Class 03 diesel shunter is being reintroduced utilising completely new tooling and will encompass a new chassis with DCC decoder socket. To complement the Class 411 4CEP, currently nearing completion, a second third rail electric multiple unit in the form of the Class 416 2EPB unit has been announced. New wagons include the MBA Megabox, MOA low-sided box, JPA bulk powder, IPA double-deck car transporter and a new 12 ton ventilated van with planked sides and plywood doors.
In the N gauge Graham Farish range a new Class 24 locomotive has been tooled and will be released during the coming months. Further items will be announced when the tooling has been completed during the year.
A number of existing items in both the Branchline and Farish items will appear in the new liveries of recently formed Train Operating Companies including freight operator DB Schenke and National Express East Coast.
The new 2009 Branchline and Farish catalogues have been published to coincide with the opening of the Model & Hobby Show and will be available shortly at £4.99 from Bachmann dealers.
Graham Hubbard, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc said today "despite all the gloom and doom in some segments of the model railway industry, we are pushing ahead with our ever expanding programme of new models. We have a number of already announced products nearing completion and my team are working on developing plans for future programmes to enable us to meet the aspirations of modellers".
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