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The latest locomotive to emerge from Graham Farish is the Class 44 'Peak' diesel.

Following the publication of the modernisation plan in 1955, 10 locomotives were ordered from British Railways workshops in Derby in December of that year. With design work taking two and half years it was not until April 1959 that the first locomotive was handed over. The tenth and final member of the class emerged in February 1960. The first ten were named after mountain peaks in England and Wales and were known as 'Peaks'. The name was used generically to describe the later Class 45 and 46 locomotives.

Initially all 10 locomotives were allocated to Camden Depot in North London for working express trains in and out of Euston. With electrification progressing on the West Coast Main Line the class was transferred to Toton, near Nottingham, by August 1962. Initially all had connecting doors in the cab ends for multiple working but these were subsequently blanked out of use.

They remained on Midland Main Line services but were early candidates for withdrawal, the first being withdrawn in 1976 and the last in 1980. Two of the Class have been preserved and work on heritage railways.

Graham Farish have released two versions of the locomotive. They are No. 44008 'Penyghent' in BR blue livery (Catalogue Number 371-200) and D1 'Scaffel Pike' in the earlier BR green livery (Catalogue Number 371-201). Both models have a Recommended Retail Price of £76.95.

The locomotives have a super-detailed body, 5 pole motor with twin flywheels, 6 wheel drive and are fitted with standard N gauge couplings.

The models will be available from Bachmann dealers during April.
 

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Following close on the heals of the recently released Graham Farish earlier Class 44 locomotive is the Class 45 'Peak' diesel.

A development of the original ten locomotives (D1 - D10 later designated Class 44) the Class 45 locomotives were first introduced in 1960. Built at Derby and Crewe over three years, 127 locomotives were built and were numbered in the series D11 - D137. After adoption of the TOPS (Total Operating Processing System) numbering in 1971, those with steam boilers for coach heating were designated Class 45/0 (numbers 45001 - 45077) and those with electric train heating Class 45/1 (numbers 45101 - 45150).

Although generically known as 'Peaks' after the earlier similar looking Class 44 locomotives, some of them were named after regiments once carried by the former London, Midland & Scottish Railway 'Royal Scot' Class.

The introduction of the Class 45 locomotives gradually saw the elimination of steam locomotives on Midland Main Line services in and out of London St. Pancras. They were also used on St. Pancras - Edinburgh Waverley trains which ran over the Settle & Carlisle and Waverley route (Carlisle - Hawick - Galashiels - Edinburgh) until the closure of the latter route in January 1969.

The first of the Class was withdrawn in October 1980 and the introduction of HST (High Speed Train) sets in the early 1980s saw the Class removed from front line Midland Main Line express working and transferred to freight and parcels operations.

No. 45106 was the last to remain in traffic. It was returned to BR green livery for working enthusiast specials before it expired with a major defect in August 1988 and was hastily withdrawn. Twelve of the Class have been preserved.

Graham Farish have released two versions of the locomotive. They are No. D67 'The Royal Artilleryman' in BR green livery (Catalogue Number 371-575) and 45114 in the later BR blue livery (Catalogue Number 371-576). Both models have a Recommended Retail Price of £76.95.

The locomotives have a super-detailed body, 5 pole motor with twin flywheels, 6 wheel drive and are fitted with standard N gauge couplings.

The models will be available from Bachmann dealers during April.
 

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Graham Farish have released the Class 46 'Peak' diesel which completes the trio of 1-Co - Co-1 locomotives which formed the 'Peak' classes.

Initially 76 locomotives were ordered from BR Derby Works but this was subsequently reduced to 56 examples before the first locomotive emerged in 1961. They were almost identical to the final Class 45 locomotives but there were minor differences to the bodyside grilles and to the battery box with the final locomotive being delivered in 1963. The cancelled order for the other 20 locomotives was added to the orders for Brush Type 4 (later Class 47) locomotives.

Allocated to both Derby and Gateshead for Cross Country work between the North East and the West Country via the Midlands, the class were numbered initially in the series D138 - D193. After adoption of the TOPS (Total Operating Processing System) numbering in 1971 they became Class 46 (numbers 46001 - 46056).

The introduction of HSTs (High Speed Trains) on to the Cross Country network and the availability of other locomotives released by HST workings elsewhere resulted in the first locomotive being withdrawn in December 1977. Four of the class were transferred to The Railway Technical Centre at Derby to become part of the test and research fleet. One of these locomotives, No. 46009 saw it achieve brief fame when it was remotely driven into a nuclear flask in the full glare of media publicity to show the strength of the nuclear flasks which were causing considerable concern at the time. Needless to say the locomotive was scrapped immediately after the event although the nuclear flask was unharmed!

The last of the class was withdrawn in November 1984 and three examples have been preserved.

Graham Farish have released two versions of the locomotive. They are No. D163 'The Leicestershire & Derbyshire Yeomanry' in BR green livery (Catalogue Number 371-585) and 46053 in the later BR blue livery (Catalogue Number 371-586). Both models have a Recommended Retail Price of £76.95.

The locomotives have a super-detailed body, 5 pole motor with twin flywheels, 6 wheel drive and are fitted with standard N gauge couplings.

The models will be available from Bachmann dealers during May.
 
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