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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".

Further press releases below:
 

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LNER O4 Class 2-8-0 to be produced by Bachmann Branchline

Bachmann Europe PLC is to produce an OO scale LNER Class O4 2-8-0 heavy freight steam locomotive in the Branchline range. A model of this locomotive has been much requested by railway modellers in recent years.



131 locomotives were built by the Great Central Railway from 1911 onwards to the designs of John G. Robinson, Chief Mechanical Engineer. During Great Central days these were designated the 8K Class. During World War 1, additional locomotives were built by the Government organisation (the Railway Operating Division) for use at home and abroad. Some saw service with the Great Western Railway. The London & North Eastern Railway classified them as Class O4 and purchased an additional 273 locomotives from the Railway Operating Division. Used on heavy freight trains, the first locomotive was withdrawn by British Railways in 1959 and the last in 1966. One locomotive (No. 63601) has been preserved as part of the National Collection.

Three models will be released initially; № 63601 in BR black livery with late crest will be released as part of the NRM Heritage range (31-101), № 63635 in BR black with early emblem (31-102) and № 3693 in LNER black (31-102). The model will incorporate a 21pin decoder socket.

These OO models will retail at £124.95 and will be released over the next 18 months.


Branchline to produce BR Standard 82xxx Class 3MT 2-6-2T

Bachmann Europe PLC is to produce an OO scale BR Standard Class 3MT 2-6-2T locomotive.



45 locomotives were built between April 1952 and August 1955 at Swindon Works. It was originally intended to build 63 locomotives but the order for the additional locomotives was cancelled following publication of the Modernisation Plan in 1955. The class were used on branch line passenger and freight services on the North-Eastern, Southern and Western Regions of British Railways. With the introduction of diesel multiple units and the widespread closure of many branch line routes they were destined for a short operating life. The first was withdrawn in February 1964 and the last in July 1967. Although none were preserved, 82045 Locomotive Fund is currently working on producing a replica for which a number of parts have already been acquired and manufactured.

Three models will be released initially; two green versions № 82005 in BR lined green with late crest (31-976), № 820016 in BR lined green with early emblem (31-975) and № 82016 in BR black livery with late crest (31-977). These new models will incorporate an 8 pin decoder DCC socket.

These OO models will retail at £76.05 and will be released over the next 18 months.


A brand new Class 03 returns to Branchline catalogue



Bachmann Europe PLC is to produce a brand new OO scale Class 03 diesel shunter locomotive. The earlier Class 03 tooling was sacrificed in the production of the Class 04 back in 1997 and cannot be reused. The new version will be totally retooled and encompass a new chassis with an 8 pin DCC decoder socket.

230 locomotives were built by British Railways at Doncaster and Swindon from 1957 until 1962. They were allocated across all regions for pilot or shunting duties and were the second largest class of diesel shunters in service with British Railways. Withdrawal from British Railways service began in 1963 but they were still functioning in private industry service until 1993. Although all but one has now been withdrawn from active service (one remains with First Capital Connect as a depot shunter at Hornsey following reinstatement in 1998) over 50 have been preserved for use on heritage railways.

Three versions will initially be available; D2011 in BR plain green livery (31-360), D2388 in BR green with wasp stripes (31-361) and 03094 in BR blue with wasp stripes and air tanks (31-362).
These OO models will retail at £52.95 and will be released over the next 18 months.


Second 3rd Rail EMU announced by Bachmann Branchline



Bachmann Europe PLC is to produce its second 3rd rail electric multiple unit in the form of a Class 416 2EPB. It will compliment the already eagerly awaited Class 411 (4CEP) which is now nearing release.

78 new 2EPB units (later classified Class 416) were built to a standard British Railways design at Eastleigh between 1953 and 1956 for use on the Southern Region. The class also incorporated rebuilds of earlier Southern Railway stock and 15 units built for use on the then electrified Tyneside services around Newcastle. There were differences between these and the model represents the BR standard built units.

Three versions will initially be available; BR plain green (31-376), BR blue (31-375) and BR blue & grey livery (31-377). These two car OO models will retail at £88.95 and will be released over the next 18 months.
 

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Loads of new wagons from Bachmann Branchline

Bachmann Europe PLC is to produce a number of new wagons into the Bachmann Branchline OO range.

New releases include the MBA Megabox bogie wagons used for the transportation of bulk commodities such as ballast. Both the high sided (38-240) and low sided (38-245) versions will be produced in EWS livery.

Also released are the JPA bulk powder wagons used for transporting cement etc. Initially this model will be available in VTG - Castle Cement livery (38-201) and VTG - Lafarge Cement (38-200).

The IPA double deck car transporter will join the range and will be available in STVA red livery (38-250). This will be a two vehicle version that can accommodate up to 6 cars per vehicle and be fitted with protection screens.

Also joining the Branchline range is a new 12 ton ventilated van with planked sides and plywood doors. These will compliment the existing 12 ton vans and will be available in both early (38-230) and late (38-231) BR bauxite livery. Each will retail at £8.25.

The new wagons will be introduced into the Bachmann Branchline range during the next 18 months.



Class 24 to be released by Graham Farish



A Class 24 diesel locomotive is to join the ever expanding Graham Farish N scale fleet. The model, for which tooling has been completed, will be released in the next few months. The model has not previously been available ready to run in N scale, although Lone Star did produce a model in 1960 when N scale was known as OOO.

151 Class 24 locomotives were introduced by British Railways between 1958 and 1961. The first was withdrawn in 1969 and the last in 1980. Four members of the Class have been preserved.

Three versions will initially be available D5013 in BR green with late crest (372-076), D5085 in BR two tone green with late crest (372-977) and 24035 in BR blue (372-975). They are fitted with a 6PIN DCC decoder socket and have working lights with a first for the UK by having working headcode discs (to be fitted by user). Two chassis variations are being produced with sand box options for the bogie. The models are fitted with NEM coupling pockets and detailed cab interior. These N scale models for which tooling has been completed will retail at £79.95 and will be released over the next few months.



New Scenecraft OO buildings announced



Bachmann Europe PLC has announced a number of new buildings in its Scenecraft range in OO scale.

The OO range sees the introduction of a number of industrial buildings to produce a cement works and a brewery complex, both of which are traditionally rail served businesses.

Following on from the successful launch of the modern OO diesel depot, fuelling point and washing plant last year, further buildings are added to enhance the depot complex. These include an office block, fuel storage tanks, bicycle rack, lifting jacks and sanding plant. Another run of the popular diesel depot will also take place.

The steam era locomotive facilities are also enhanced with the addition of a coaling stage.

A new range of Irish buildings is being produced for a station building, signal box and engine shed. These will only be available through Irish retailers of Bachmann products.

New accessories include plastic bunded tanks, cable drums, commercial skips with lids, fencing, and modern station accessories including items such as ticket machines.

Modern scene modellers will welcome the kiosk typical of those found on some stations and in car parks. A modern industrial unit is also being introduced.

Low relief buildings are also being introduced for the first time. These include the backs of terraced houses with the option to add to an outhouse block. An imposing factory building is also being produced.

Two new signal boxes are being produced in the form of a GWR box based on the preserved example at Highley and a brick built signal box.

The new releases conclude with a house under construction and a sectional lineside hut.

These models will be released over the coming year.



New Scenecraft N scale buildings announced

Bachmann Europe PLC has announced a number of new buildings in its Scenecraft range in N scale.

The N scale range sees the introduction of a number of industrial buildings to produce a cement works and a brewery complex, both of which are traditionally rail served businesses.

Following on from the successful launch of the modern OO diesel depot, fuelling point and washing plant last year, these are now being released in N scale. To enhance the scene an office block, fuel storage tanks, bicycle rack, lifting jacks and sanding plant.

The steam era locomotive facilities are also enhanced with the addition of a riveted water tank.

A modern industrial unit is also being introduced.

Low relief buildings are also being introduced for the first time. These include the backs of terraced houses with the option to add to an outhouse block. An imposing factory building is also being produced.

Two new signal boxes are being produced in the form of a GWR box based on the preserved example at Highley and a brick built signal box.

The new releases conclude with a house under construction and a sectional lineside hut.

These models will be released over the coming year.
 

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QUOTE (Billericaybill).. The O4 will be great to but I am not sure if any at all worked in East Anglia.
Andrew,

March had a large allocation in LNER days, replaced fairly early in BR operation by WDs, and then subsequently a number of Thompson O1s (which were of course an O4 rebuild). Although mostly employed on coal traffic to London, these could and did work along the main lines to points East on occasion. So no trouble justifying a 'visitor' if modelling a fairly major station or route anywhere in GE territory.
 

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Thanks Doug for the info. Great news about the 04, should be a winner. Can we please, please have an Ivatt atlantic aswell Mr. Bachmann/ Hornby, soonish
. Glad to see the class 3 making a return, one of the best looking of the standard tanks in my humble opinion. Could never understand why the class became extinct, the design lends itself to running on a preserved line.
 

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*** Nice to see the 04 (the ROD tender will be useful for LMS Midland division Claughton and even the odd other pre-Stanier loco) and the rebirth of the 03 diesel shunter which is a nice wee loco.

I'm also pretty impressed with the new buildings.... but.... I'm disappointed we still have no acceptable models of the important common loco's such as the ubiquitous 3F tender loco, 4F, 2P, 4P compound etc etc... (and of course... still no 0-6-0 Kirtley :-( ;-( )

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Nice to see somebody is going to produce the 04, I guess all these years of saying so and so will make it this year it had to become reallity, now the question is will Bachmann get them out before 63601 is out of ticket, be a shame if they don't what with the local conection and all that but we are taliking Bachmann here.

I'll have a 63601 whenever they appear


Thanks for the news Doug, spot on as usual.

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A late crest 2-6-2T is just what I need, and I've a feeling a 2EPB would be handy.

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QUOTE (Richard Johnson @ 23 Feb 2009, 14:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>.. I'm disappointed we still have no acceptable models of the important common loco's such as the ubiquitous 3F tender loco, 4F ..
I somewhat share that, but not so many years ago even mixed traffic classes like the ubiquitous black 5 were considered to be a poor prospect for volume sales, as compared to something with large wheels that ran around in a green or red livery. Yet now we have decent models of a good range of MT classes, and the 'poor prospects' tag has moved on to goods engines, particularly those of earlier design: now we have the chance to slay that perception. Provided enough of us stump up for Super Ds and RODs there's grounds for hoping that some of the very essential 0-6-0 types will appear. I feel that something really characterful like the outside framed Kirtley you mentioned, or the GER J15, would get a lot of sales just on looks.
QUOTE (shep @ 23 Feb 2009, 14:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>.. Glad to see the class 3 making a return, one of the best looking of the standard tanks in my humble opinion. Could never understand why the class became extinct, the design lends itself to running on a preserved line.
Could simply be chance; it was a relatively small class and if they all happened to go to scrappers who worked quickly they might easily all have 'gone' before anyone potentially interested had the chance to find the money. I remain surprised that Hornby didn't switch to this prototype when the news came in that Bachmann had the BR std 4MT 4-6-0 underway; it is a fondly remembered item of the Triang(-Hornby) range of old, and something of a 'looker' as you say.
 

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Thanks Doug. Great coverage as usual.

Surprise is no Mk2d coaches, as I understand Kader are modeling similar coaches for Eire.

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I remember seeing RODs on the West Region at Bristol. How did they differ from the LNER locos. Different tenders I imagine, but were there many diffrences on the loco itself. Actually I have found a picture. A top feed and a steam bonnet by the look of it but it looks as though it kept its tender from LNER or GCR
 

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The main changes were the ones you spotted. The GCR design tender was retained. The GWR bought 100 RODs and began breaking up about 50 locomotives from the mid 1920s ( if memory serves ) to create a pool of spares to enable efficient maintenance of the in service locos. The tenders released by this operation went behind some 2251 0-6-0's (which model is also in Bach's range so that variant becomes possible for them) and also Aberdares.
 

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I must admit I am very disappointed that they haven't gone ahead with making the 80 tonne bda wagons for the Farish range. When I messaged Farish a few months ago about it they did say that they would be released sometime in 2009 and looking on their site and the latest update it seems not to be the case. I know I can get them in kit form but seeing as I have to be a member of the NGS or another site I can't see the benefit of having to pay the subscription just to be able to get the wagons I need.
 

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The Standard 3 is an excellent choice, and it's good to see another emu coming along in the form of the 2EPB, but a shame that there isn't a green version with small yellow warning panels.
 

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Surprised that there isn't any obvious mention of the new 4mm Presflo, which I assume will be these:

38-260 20 Ton 'Bulk Tunnel Cement' Bauxite POA
38-261 20 Ton 'Crown Cement' Bauxite POA
38-270 22 Ton 'Blue Circle' Railfreight Brown POA
38-271 22 Ton 'Cement Marketing Board -Snowcrete' Light Grey POA

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The Presflo wagons are 'buried' right at the end of the wagons price list, but not otherwise much mentioned. Despite the continued availability of the old Airfix kit via Dapol, this is sure to be a welcome addition; not least because painting and detailing this body shape is not the easiest thing to do. Hopefully Bachmann will 'go to town' on the printed on operating instructions that I recall the early Presflos carrying, before the accumulation of filth fixed in place by cement dust obscured practically all their original body colour!
 

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Because I model all 4 regions, I am a sucker for all new engines. The O4 is particularly pleasing. The standard 82000 is also a good choice. I do find them looking a bit odd in Brunswick Green. Being a Bristolian, and a child of the post war years, I saw them a lot. By the late 50s early 60s they all looked black anyway, but I think black suits standard 2-6-2Ts much better. My problem is I can't keep up. T( and Schools also beckon. Relieved at teh Clan. Wouldn't want one any way and I already have 3 castles. Yes I'm a tart!
 

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Some clever work here - I know that a DEMU has been commissioned by a dealer so if you study the drawings there are certain similarities between the Hampshire set and a 2EPB. Also the 2HAP is in the same family so I would suspect that that will also appear in due course.

As for the Standard 3 tank - again I sense common components.

The O4 is wide open for some butchery. Anybody got a spare B1 body? And more if you want to produce the O1.

OH and I wonder if we will see the Tyneside version of the 2EPB - they later ran on the Southern Region of course, but would be great for those who model the North East.
 
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