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Bachmann Europe PLC released its first ready to run diesel loco fitted with a sound decoder at the Warley National Model Railway Show. The EWS Class 66 loco no. 66022 "Lafarge Charnwood" is the first ready to run loco released by a major British outline manufacturer to be fitted with a sound decoder.

David Haarhaus, the Sales and Marketing Manager of Bachmann Europe PLC said today "we have listened to our customers and following our successful introduction of DCC in 2005, we have been developing a range of DCC sound locomotives. The first of therse to be released in the highly popular Class 66 locomotive with the Class 20, 25/3, 47 and 55 diesels due to follow over the next few months. The Class 20 will be released next".

David continued "the sound fitted locomotives have already generated considerable interest when we have demonstrated them around the country. We expect that the high quality system matched to a very competitive price will result in a large number of railway modelelrs adopting DCC operations. With our next generation DCC system Dynamis due for unveiling in January, we are confident that the switch to DCC will gather momentum very quickly. We will of course continue to support existing analogue systems".

The digital sound used in the model was recorded digitally from a real Class 66 loco and matches the sound activity in every respect. The installation of sound equipment has resulted in this loco being the first British ready to run loco to be supplied with a 21 pin DCC interface.

The loco is now available from dealers with a recommended retail price of £157.70. Sound decoder and speakers are a standard fitment. The loco will operate on analogue (non DCC) systems but the sound will remain silent.

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