We are pleased to announce a brand new Area Sales Representative Exclusive Class 37 model No. 37704 in EW&S livery which was unveiled at our recent Bachmann Collectors Club Members Day. The diesel locomotive, which is available with (32-390DBDS) and without (32-390DB) sound, will join fellow classmates in the collection along with numerous previously announced models. Due for release later this year, this model is available to order from any Bachmann retailer in the counties of:
- City of Bristol & North Somerset
- South Cheshire
- West Midlands
- Plus Wales & Ireland
Class 37 No. D6734 was built at English Electric’s Vulcan foundry in 1961 and allocated to the Eastern Region at Hull Dairycoates. Under the Total Operations Processing System (TOPS) the locomotive was renumbered to No. 37034 in December 1973 and with this number change came a repaint into BR’s corporate blue livery. Allocations at March and Stratford followed, before the locomotive enjoyed a brief stint north of the border at Motherwell and Eastfield during 1985/86. No. 37034 was then transferred to Cardiff Canton in August 1986 where it was selected for refurbishment to become a Class 37/7 ‘heavyweight’. Refurbishment was carried out at Crewe Works with the locomotive emerging as No. 37704 in January 1987, having lost its head-code boxes and now carrying Railfreight Coal Sector livery.
Upon Privatisation the locomotive came under the ownership of the newly formed English, Welsh & Scottish Railway (EW&S) and was one of the first to receive the bright new gold and maroon livery in November 1996. Our model captures this colourful livery which the real locomotive carried throughout its remaining years in service. No. 37704 was eventually cut up at TJ Thompson’s, Stockton in June 2009.
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.