The third and final Area Sales Representative Exclusive Model that was announced at our recent Bachmann Collectors Club Members Day was Class 37 No. 37025 ‘Inverness TMD’ in BR Blue Large Logo livery. This diesel locomotive, which is available with (32-780RJDS) and without (32-780RJ) sound, will join fellow classmates in the collection along with numerous previously announced models. Due for release later this year, the model is available to order from any Bachmann retailer in the counties of:
- Greater Manchester
- North Cheshire
- North Yorkshire
- West Yorkshire
Built by English Electric’s Vulcan foundry as No. D6725 in 1961 it was first allocated to Stratford, followed by stints at March and Thornaby until renumbering for the Total Operations Processing System (TOPS) as No. 37025 in February 1974 after being repainted into BR blue.The loco continued to serve the Eastern Region until mid-1981 when it was transferred to Glasgow Eastfield until another change saw it allocated to Inverness where it gained Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) and a headlamp to work the Highland lines. It gained large logo blue livery in December 1983 at it’s last BR overhaul and carried on serving the Highlands from all three depots – Eastfield, Inverness and Motherwell – until the end of British Rail and Regional Railways, retaining its now somewhat celebrity large logo livery. In March 1994 it was named ‘Inverness TMD – Quality Approved’ and had its large logo livery refreshed, including a very odd-looking hand painted BR logo!
The misshapen arrows were painted out by 1996 in an attempt to eradicate traces of BR (or the bad painting!) but amazingly it kept large logo livery right through Transrail and EWS ownership up until withdrawal in February 1999 in ‘the great EWS cull’ of older locomotives. No. 37025 is possibly the most famous large logo Class 37, carrying the livery since 1983. Happily, it is still with us today, being secured for preservation at Bo’ness thanks to The Scottish 37 Group and has been restored to better than its former glory, reunited with its ‘Inverness TMD’ nameplates in 2007. No. 37025 was re-registered for full mainline use in January 2016 and can be seen today across the network powering test trains for Colas Rail. It is in this present condition that we have chosen to model the locomotive.
Each of our Area Sales Representatives have commissioned specific models to be produced for them which are only available from stockists within their geographical area. Details of the areas from which each model is available can be found in the relevant news story.