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The 2019 Bachmann Branchline and Graham Farish Catalogues were launched today at a trade event held in London. Alongside the announcement of a small number of new-tooling projects, mainly wagons in 00 and N gauges the 009 range increases with new tooling for the delightful and minuscule  Baguley-Drewry 70hp Diesel 0-4-0 shunter,  as used since the early 1980s by the Royal Naval Armaments Depot, along with 4 suitable wagons.
Although no new tooling specifically for SR / BR(s) modellers have been announced as many previously  announced models are still under development such as the 64ft Bulleid coaches, a host of new models utilising existing tooling were unveiled.

Bachmann Europe advised that with a changing retail climate and increased competition across multiple sectors, 2018 proved to be a challenging, but ultimately still a successful year for Bachmann Europe, culminating in the release of several key products during the final quarter. These of course included the lovely 00 scale ex LBSC H1 and H2 4-4-2 Atlantics.  Bachmann Europe also stated that despite the closure of one of the production facilities operated by their parent company, Kader,  the new facilities in China (Gaobu) that were in the process of being commissioned during 2018, are now fully operational with staffing levels and output continuing to rise.

Bachmann Branchlines 00 Gauge

The only new 00 gauge tooling is that of the HKA bogie hopper wagon seen on the current network since 1995 and these will be released three livery variants, with plug in buffers to be adaptable between inner and outer wagons within rakes.

  • 38-036 HKA Bogie Hopper ‘National Power’ – weathered
  • 38-037 HKA Bogie Hopper ‘National Power’ (De-Branded) – weathered
  • 38-038 HKA Bogie Hopper DB Schenker

The new livery releases base on existing tolling of SR / BR(s) interest are as follows:

  • 31-460A SE&CR C Class 583 SE&CR Lined Green (Original)
  • 32-956 BR Standard 4MT with BR1B Tender 76066 BR Lined Black (Late Crest) – weathered
  • 31-520SF Class 159 3-Car DMU 159013 BR Network SouthEast (Revised) – SOUND FITTED
  • 31-236A Class 205 DEMU 1121 BR (SR) Green (Small Yellow Panels) – weathered
  • 31-238A Class 205 DEMU 1122 BR Blue – weathered
  • 31-239A Class 205 DEMU 205001 BR Network SouthEast (Revised) – weathered
  • 31-381 Class 416 2-EPB 2-Car EMU 6262 BR Blue & Grey – weathered
  • 31-426C Class 411 4-CEP 4-Car EMU 7122 BR (SR) Green (Small Yellow Panels)
  • 31-427C Class 411 4-CEP 4-Car EMU 7106 BR Blue & Grey – weathered
  • 31-265A Class 419 MLV S68002 BR (SR) Green
  • 31-267A Class 419 MLV S68008 BR Blue & Green

Coaches

  • 39-604 SE&CR 60ft Birdcage Brake Composite Lavatory SE&CR Wellington Brown
  • 39-614 SE&CR 60ft Birdcage Composite Lavatory SE&CR Wellington Brown
  • 39-624 SE&CR 60ft Birdcage Brake Third SE&CR Wellington Brown
  • 39-526A SR PMV Parcels & Miscellaneous Van BR Crimson

Wagons

  • 37-935 3 Plank Wagon SR Brown
  • 38-081C SR 12T 2+2 Planked Ventilated Van BR Grey (Early) – weathered
  • 38-082D SR 12T 2+2 Planked Ventilated Van BR Bauxite (Early) – weathered
  • 38-076D SR 12T Plywood Ventilated Van BR Bauxite (Early)
  • 38-401B SR 25T ‘Pill Box’ Brake Van Left-Hand Duckets BR Grey (Early) – weathered
  • 38-077 SR 12T Plywood Ventilated Van BR Bauxite (Late) – weathered
  • 38-402B SR 25T ‘Pill Box’ Brake Van Right-Hand Duckets BR Bauxite (Early) – weathered

and in 009

  • 391-032 Baldwin 10-12-D Tank E763 ‘Sid’ SR Maunsell Green
  • 393-030 Bogie Covered Goods Wagon SR Insulated

Graham Farish N Gauge

New tooling in the Graham Farish range includes the WD 40T ‘Parrot’ bogie wagon in WD department and LMS grey liveries and also, as per in  00, the HKA bogie hopper wagon in the three livery versions.  The British Railways Class 5 MT 4-6-0 has been upgraded to include for the fitting of Sound with options of a fully sound fitted version or just a factory fitted speaker. The sound upgrade has also been applied to the Class 14, Class 60, Class 101 DMU and Class 150 DMU.

  • 372-727A BR Standard 5MT with BR1B Tender 73109 BR Lined Black (Early Emblem)
  • 372-728SF BR Standard 5MT with BR1 Tender 73049 BR Lined Green (Late Crest) – SOUND FITTED
  • 372-729 BR Standard 5MT with BR1 Tender 73050 BR Lined Black (Late Crest) – weathered

The new livery releases base on existing tolling of SR / BR(s) interest are as follows:

  • 372-936 SE&CR N Class 1860 SR Black (Sunshine)
  • 371-606 Class 42 ‘Warship’ D820 ‘Grenville’ BR Green (Late Crest)
  • 371-600B Class 42 ‘Warship’ D809 ‘Champion’ BR Maroon (Small Yellow Panels)
  • 371-601B Class 42 ‘Warship’ 812 ‘The Royal Naval Reserve 1859-1959’ BR Blue
  • 371-680 Class 220 4-Car DEMU 220018 ‘Dorset Voyager’ Virgin Trains (Revised)

Coaches

  • 374-418 SR PLV Passenger Luggage Van SR Maunsell Green
  • 374-011C BR Mk1 TSO Tourist Second Open BR (SR) Green
  • 374-010E BR Mk1 TSO Tourist Second Open BR Crimson & Cream
  • 374-815A BR Mk1 FO First Open BR Crimson & Cream
  • 374-160A BR Mk1 FK First Corridor BR Crimson & Cream
  • 374-632A SR Bogie B Luggage Van BR Blue – weathered
  • 374-419 SR CCT Covered Carriage Truck BR Departmental Olive Green

Wagons

  • 377-875A SR 25T ‘Queen Mary’ Brake Van SR Brown
  • 377-852A SR 25T ‘Pill Box’ Brake Van BR Grey (Early)
  • 377-876A SR 25T ‘Queen Mary’ Brake Van BR Bauxite (Late)
  • 377-878 SR 25T ‘Queen Mary’ Brake Van BR Departmental Olive Green

Work in progress

In the Drawing Office

  • Bulleid Coaches (00)
  • Class 410 / 4Bep (00)
  • Class 450 (N)
  • Class 319 (N)

Engineering Samples

  • Class 414 / 2Hap (00) [Due Q4]
  • Class 117 (00) [Due Q4]

Artwork (and due to be in production this year)

  • Class 159 (00) [Due Q4]
  • Ransomes & Rapier 45T Steam Crane (00) [Due Q3]
  • ex SECR C CLass 0-6-0 (N) [Due Q2]
  • ex SECR Birdcage coaches (N) [Due Q1]

The full range can be found on  the Bachmann website here. Many will consider this appearing to be a lean year for Bachmann Europe especially when compared to the 2019 range announcement made by Hornby last week, however with much work in progress from previous announcements still to appear this is perhaps hardly surprising and sensible especially in light of the factory upheaval experienced during 2018.

 

 

 

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As has been the case in previous years the team at Bachmann have provided the media, and Bachamnn Collectors Club members, with a mid-term update on work in progress across all the many stages of the manufacturing process from: research, Drawing office CAD, Tool room, Engineering Prototypes samples, livery artwork, production and being shipped. This post is a quick summary of the status of those models of a Southern Railway / British Railways Southern Region flavour. Although some items have been a long time coming, what can be seen is that catch up / progress is being made. Click on  the linked text to get more information on the details of each item from my post on the original announcement.

Bachmann 00

The EP1 of the 2HAP EMU. Picture copyright and courtesy of Bachmann.

The long-awaited ex LBSC H2 Class 4-4-2 Atlantic is very imminent, being released in two versions No. 2421 ‘South Foreland’ SR Olive Green and No. 32424 ‘Beachy Head’ BR Black Early livery. I have been fortunate to have a review sample in my possession and will be posting a review in the next week or so, watch this space.  Being produced alongside the H2 Class is the earlier H1 Class version initially as No. 39 ‘La France’ in LBSCR livery, which is also being shipped.

Within the drawing room are the many permutations, 5 types, of the Bulleid coaches along with the 4BEP (Class 410) EMU.

A front end close up of the 2HAP EP1. Picture copyright and courtesy A York

The 2HAP (Class 414) EMU is at the first Engineering Prototype (EP1) stage and as from the accompanying pictures is looking the part.  Three livery versions will initially be released being: BR green livery, BR blue & grey livery and Network South East livery. At the second Engineering Prototype stage is the 158/159 DMU with with the  3 car 159 Class to be released as No. 159013 in Network South East livery.

Graham Farish N

Recently shipped have been the four versions of the Bulleid coaches in BR(s) malachite green that together, BTK – TK – CK- BTK, create four coach set s84.

The lovely ex SECR Birdcage coaches, already released in 00, scaled down for N gauge and being released in SECR Wellington Brown, Southern Railway Olive Green and BR Crimson liveries are now approved for production.

The Class 450 and Class 319 EMUs are in the drawing office, whilst the 3 versions of the ex SECR C Class 0-6-0 as No. 271 SECR plain green livery,  No. 1256 Southern Railway Black livery and No. 31227 in BR Black livery with early emblem along with the Class 170 2 Car DMU No. in 170308 in South West Trains livery are at the artwork approval stage.

I hope you find this round up interesting and as stated above watch this space for a forthcoming review of the ex LBSC H2 Class 4-4-2 Atlantic.

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The topic of Bulleid coaches has come to the fore again via a number of mediums. Firstly; the new Graham Farish Bulleid coaches in 2mm N gauge have hit the shops, a good review of them by Nigel Burkin can be found on the Model Railways Live website here. Secondly; current Model Rail magazine editor Ben Jones included a bit of crystal ball gazing in his editorial within the magazines Winter issue No. 191 mentioning that an upgrade of the now long in the tooth Bachmann 4mm Bulleid coaches as a possibility for being announced this year, on the basis of the additional research having been carried out for the all new Graham Farish versions.

The original Bachmann 4mm  Bulleid coaches  were first introduced back in 1993 and were before the level of detail on the subsequently introduced BR Mk1 coaches such as close coupling, flush glazing, separate water tank filer pipes / end handrails and finer underframe detail, it does leaves the Bulleid range slightly lacking.  Further information on these models can be found on the page I wrote on the Southern Email Group website here.

Both the new Graham Farish and old Bachmann Bulleid coaches are based on the BR 1950’s built versions reflecting the type of underframe detail and the most obvious feature of the BR Built examples the 15″ deep window vents as opposed to the Southern Built versions with 10″ deep vents.

My modelling time frame of 1946 to 1949  therefore excludes the Bachmann versions so I have had to look elsewhere for the coaches in my fleet.

Coach coach multidoor set no. 984

3  coach multidoor set no. 984

First up is 3 coach set no. 984 comprising of Bulleid 63ft Multidoor stock (i.e. a door for each compartment)  first introduced in early 1946 built from the now unfortunately unavailable Southern Pride kits. This type of kit comprises of a pre printed colour overlay on a clear shell giving a near flush glaze effect. I have two of these three coach rakes although I do feel their version of malachite to be slightly on the bright green side of the spectrum. Although the Bulleid kits are no longer available from Southern Pride they are still a valuable source of coach detailing parts.

2 coach set no.63

2 coach set no.63

Following on from the multidoor stock, later in 1946, Bulleid introduced a new design layout with compartments no longer having individual doors and access being via the corridors and vestibules . These as explained above had 10″ deep ventilators which easily identifies them from the later BR built versions. Illustrated left is 2 coach set no.63,  built from Southern Railway Group’s Phoenix (ex BSL) range of aluminum bodied kits, comprising of Semi open brake 3rd No. 4371 (kit reference SC50) and Brake Composite No. 6700 (SC51)

3 Coach set no. 771

3 Coach set no. 771

My Set no. 771 also built from SRG Phoenix kits comprises of Semi open brake 3rd No. 4303 (SC50), Corridor Composite No. 5752 (SC52) and Semi open brake 3rd No. 4304 (SC50) This is usually coupled to Set 63 when on Fisherton Sarum. Like the prototype I use buckeye couplings between my coaches in their rakes and screw couplings at the outer ends.

I confess to having built these some years ago now and they do still lack some further detailing such as door hinges and handles etc. that some day I will go back to and fit, but as when running on Fisherton Sarum they are viewed from the 6th away it does not get noticed (I now await the first person to make a comment at the next about it…). There are a few other variants of Bulleid coaches and some of these will be the subject of further posts as I have one of Bulleid’s first 3 coach multidoor sets on the workbench that were built on Maunsell style 59ft underframes.

I can not say at this point if Bachmann will update their 4mm Bulleid coaches or not but If they do my guess is that they will still, as per the Graham Farish range, be the later 1950 BR built versions.

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At the now annual trade model and hobby show held today Bachmann / Farish announced their plan for new models to be produced over the next 18 months.

In 00 there are no new Southern related locomotives (although four new steam locomotives from other areas and a DMU will be produced), however they will be producing a range of the four wheel 10T luggage / parcels vans (PLV / PMV / CCT)

The N gauge Farish range will see new tooling for the Original style Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacifics (Initial 3 versions will be of Third series MN’s with 6000 gallon tenders, in BR Blue and Brunswick with both Early and Late crests) and a brand new range of Bulleid coaches (BR built 15″ Ventilator versions) and includes a BSK, SK, SO and CK. The four wheel luggage van CCT will also be produced in N gauge.

Full details of all the announcements other than those of Southern interest above can be found on RMweb here.

As I am overseas at the moment I will post additional information in due course, so watch this space!

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