Bachmann Europe Plc surprised visitors to the N Gauge Society's Annual General Meeting on the 17th May 2008 by unveiling a newly tooled Class 08 diesel shunter with outside frames. This replaces the previous model that was withdrawn in 2007.
Some 992 locomotives were built between 1952 and December 1962. Although the first locomotive was withdrawn in September 1967, many remain in service with train operating companies or in industrial use in Liberia and the UK. Over 60 have been preserved for use on heritage railways
The new Class 08 diesel shunters join the expanding Blue Riband range and meet the demands of N gauge modellers for a more accurate model to be released on to the market. All tooling has now been completed and the samples are being checked against original drawings. Graham Hubbard, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc said today " the Class 08 will be released to dealers later this year and once again underlines our commitment to produce N gauge models to the same high standards of our popular OO Branchline range".
Initially the new Class 08 will be released in BR blue, Railfreight Distribution and EWS liveries.
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Farish Class 47 diesel appears at N Gauge Society AGM
Bachmann Europe Plc unveiled the first samples of the new Class 47 diesel locomotive at the N Gauge Society's Annual General Meeting at Redhill on the 17th May 2008.
512 Brush Type 4 locomotives were built between 1962 and 1967. The 2,580hp Co-Co locomotives operated over all British Rail regions and a number remain in service with current operators. A number have also been preserved for use on heritage railways.
The new locomotives will replace the old Graham Farish model and will form part of the expanding Blue Riband range. Four versions will be released initially, two in BR two tone green and two in BR blue. The locomotives will be fitted with a 6PIN DCC decoder socket and will feature operational lights. David Haarhaus, Sales & Marketing Manager of Bachmann Europe Plc said today "the original Graham Farish Class 47 model was first released in 1981 and has been the best selling diesel locomotive in the range since then. Although we redesigned the chassis and released an upgraded version 2002, the model unveiled at Redhill is a completely new model and encompasses all the features that N gauge modellers expect of a 21st Century product".
The Class 47 will be available from Farish dealers later this year.