BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 to undergo major upgrade
Bachmann Europe Plc today announced at its Annual Trade Open Day that it is to upgrade its OO gauge BR Standard 75xxx 4MT 4-6-0 over the next year by introducing new body tooling and a new chassis to accommodate DCC sockets. This model was one of the first to be introduced thirty years ago by the former Mainline Railways and was produced for them by Bachmann's parent company, Kader Industrial. When production of Bachmann commenced in 1989, the BR Standard 4MT was reintroduced in 1990. It was last produced by Bachmann in 2002.
Graham Hubbard, Managing Director said "the 75xxx is the next locomotive to benefit from our on-going upgrade programme. It was one of the first locomotives we introduced after starting the company and we reached a point where the tooling had become life expired. The model is still in constant demand and we feel the time is right to bring it back, albeit in a very different form. Out goes the old split chassis and in its place will be a new DCC Ready chassis. We will also retool the bodyshell resulting in a brand new locomotive".
British Railways built 80 locomotives between May 1951 and June 1957. The first was withdrawn in December 1964 and the last in August 1968 with the end of steam traction on the national standard gauge network.
Work on the upgrade has now begun with the drawing work underway and the new models will be introduced into the range in 18 months time.
Further details regarding these models will be released at the London Toy Fair in January 2008.
New OO gauge locomotive packaging announced
Bachmann Europe Plc today announced at its Annual Trade Open Day that it is to introduce new packaging for its Bachmann Branchline range of OO gauge locomotives and multiple units.
The new boxes offer substantial support for the locomotive and the clear plastic window allows the actual contents to be easily viewed before purchase.
David Haarhaus, Bachmann Europe's Sales & Marketing Manager said "customer feedback asked us to revisit our locomotive and multiple unit packaging and the new style allows customers to see what they are purchasing. There should be no confusion once the packaging becomes uniform across the OO gauge Branchline range".
The new boxes will also be utilised by Bachmann's Liliput range and will be progressively rolled out as new products appear in the shops.
Bachmann Brassworks Gauge 1 57xx Class locomotive now available
Bachmann Europe Plc today displayed at its Annual Trade Open Day its third Gauge 1 electrically powered locomotive, a Great Western Railway 57xx 0-6-0T.
A total of 863 locomotives were build between January 1929 and December 1950. The first was withdrawn in 1956 and the last ten years later, although a number entered service with London Transport until they ceased using steam locomotives in 1971. Sixteen locomotives have been preserved.
The Bachmann Brassworks Gauge 1 locomotives are now available in brass finish (BW1020) at £650.00 and in unlined painted black livery (BW1021) at £715.00. An unlined painted green version will be released later (BW1022).
Graham Farish Voyager tooling complete
Bachmann Europe PLC displayed the first shots of the new 4 car Voyager unit at its Annual Trade Open Days. Tooling of this project has now been completed and the models undergoing testing.
Graham Hubbard, Managing Director said "work on our Voyager has now reached the next stage. After testing and evaluation, the next requirement is to produce fully liveried samples. We expect the model to be on sale in time for Christmas".
The 4 car N gauge model will feature working lights, full detailed interior, optional N gauge coupling and requires just two DCC decoders for DCC operation.
Scenecraft figures take to the streets
Bachmann Europe Plc today displayed at its Annual Trade Open Day its new range of Scenecraft figures in OO and G scales. These have been developed by Bachmann for the British market and encompass the following;
OO scale (6 figures per packet)
36-040 Businessmen £5.75
36-041 Police & security staff £5.75
36-042 Lineside permanent way workers £5.75
36-043 Station Staff £5.75
36-044 Station passengers standing £5.75
36-045 Station passengers sitting £5.75
36-046 Shopping figures £5.75
36-047 Locomotive staff £5.75
36-048 Building site workers £5.75
36-049 Trackside workers £5.75
G Scale (2 figures per packet)
36-1040A Businessmen £7.25
36-1040B Businessmen £7.25
36-1040C Businessmen £7.25
36-1041A Police & security staff £7.25
36-1041B Police & security staff £7.25
36-1041C Police & security staff £7.25
36-1042 Lineside permanent way workers £7.25
36-1043 Station Staff £7.25
36-1044 Station passengers standing £7.25
36-1045 Station passengers sitting £7.25
36-1046 Shopping figures £7.25
36-1047 Locomotive staff £7.25
36-1048 Building site workers £7.25
36-1049 Trackside workers £7.25
The new range is currently enroute to us and expected to be available next month