Bachmann Europe PLC has announced that the first of the OO gauge Jubilee Class 4-6-0 steam locomotives has been released.
Designed by Sir William Stanier for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway, 191 locomotives were built between April 1934 and December 1936. Many saw service on the former Midland Railway main line between London St. Pancras, the East Midlands, Sheffield, Leeds and Carlisle. They also worked cross-country trains from Bristol towards Birmingham and the North East. On the West Coast main line they saw active service on trains between London Euston and Birmingham New Street. Although unnamed at first, the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935 resulted in No. 5552 being repainted into glossy black livery with chromium plated handrails, boiler fittings and cab side numbers being applied. The class was then named after countries of the British Empire, former Admirals and warships. Withdrawals began in January 1961 with the last of the class being withdrawn in November 1967, nine months before the end of steam on British Rail. The final examples worked in the North West with four members of the class entering preservation.
The first model to be released from the all-new tooling is No. 45611 'Hong Kong' in British Railways Green livery with early emblem (Catalogue No.31-175). The model has a DCC socket installed (8 pin) and has a recommended retail price of £94.95. Further versions will be released in due course.
A Christmas surprise - Visiting Allison's of Worksop to avail myself of some Chocolate and Cream WR Mark 1's for the forthcoming 'Jubilee', expected at the end of the Year/Beginning of the New Year, I was shown the new 'Jubilee - 45611 Hong Kong'. So it came home with me!
Not had any chance to run it yet, but it does look the part, a real departure from the earlier model. Others are expected at the beginning of the New Year, but Bachmann don't deliver according to plan, I am pleased to say!