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Bachmann Europe Plc today announced at its Annual Trade Open Day that it is to produce the new generation of environmentally friendly Class 66 locomotives into the Branchline OO range. These locomotives are now being introduced by British and European rail freight operators.
The sub class was built in order to comply with the latest low sulphur emissions introduced in recent times by the EEC (European Economic Community). Freightliner took delivery of two new Class 66/9 locomotives in during 2004 which were used initially on Channel Tunnel Rail Link construction trains as they were not then passed for operation on Network Rail owned tracks. They have since entered service with Freightliner Heavy Haul.
The new locomotives have smaller fuel tanks, and extra door on one side of the locomotive body and different grille layouts to the earlier locomotives.
GBRf took delivery of 5 locomotives (No's. 66718-66722) recently for use on the Metronet London Underground infrastructure contracts. These carry Metronet livery. A further 5 (No's. 66723-66727) are on order.
DRS have recently taken delivery of 3 locomotives (No's. 66411-66413 and have a further 7 locomotives (No's. 66414-66422) on order. One of these will carry Eddie Stobart livery following the recently awarded Tesco contract to provide rail haulage between Grangemouth, Carlisle and Daventry depots.
Freightliner have a further 16 locomotives on order for delivery during 2006/7.
The new Bachmann Blue Riband model will feature working lights and will be DCC compatible. The model will incorporate a new body shell with the option to switch off the rear lights when running.