Bachmann Europe Plc have released the first DCC "On Board" locomotive in the shape of 3F "Jinty" 0-6-0T No. 47629 in BR Black with late crest (Era 5). Apart from the Digital Train Set locomotives, this is the first separate Bachmann Branchline locomotive to be made available with the decoder installed. Indeed it is a first for the UK outline market with Bachmann leading the way again.
The locomotive (Catalogue No. 32-225DC) comes with the decoder already fitted and programmed to 3. This allows the purchaser to readdress the decoder to another number. The model will be available at a recommended retail price of £62.65 from Bachmann stockists.
Further DCC "On Board" locomotives will be delivered in the coming months including a 56xx 0-6-2T, 8750 0-6-0T, BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T, Class 37 and Class 57 diesels.
David Haarhaus Marketing & Sales Manager said "the last 2 years has seen a major advance towards DCC (Digital Command Control). We already have a good number of locomotives which are DCC ready and the next stage was to introduce locomotives with the decoders already fitted. This has worked well for us with the Bachmann America HO and Liliput continental ranges. I would like to reassure our existing customers that we will continue to serve the non DCC user (DCC "On Board" locomotives will work perfectly well on a conventional DC system) but we have to react to market demand and cater for all our consumers needs. We will continue to push the horizons as we expect to introduce the first of our DCC Sound locomotives later this year".