Bachmann on the Road – Severn Valley Railway

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The Bachmann team are excited to be attending this years ‘Spring Diesel Festival’ at the Severn Valley Railway which takes place on the 17th – 19th of May.

The Severn Valley Railway’s Spring Diesel Festival returns from Thursday 17th May with three days packed full of diesel action. The event will host no fewer than 12 guest locomotives, with visitors able to enjoy the 16 mile route between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth whilst riding behind a selection of both heritage and modern locomotives. You will find the Bachmann Roadshow team at Kidderminster station on Friday and Saturday showcasing the latest products from Bachmann Branchline and Graham Farish.

For more information on the event visit the official event website.

Whilst attending this year’s event, you are likely to see Class 37 No. 37688 and Class 47 No. 47712 ‘Lady Diana Spencer’. These diesel locomotives are both the subject of OO scale Bachmann models, with the Class 37 appearing in the main Bachmann Branchline range and the Class 47 being one of our area exclusive models.

Above: 32-392, Class 37 No. 37688 ‘Kingmoor TMD’ in DRS Compass livery.

Built by English Electric and originally numbered D6905, this Class 37 entered traffic towards the end of 1963. It spent a lot of its earlier years allocated to depots in South Wales and Scotland before being renumbered to 37205 in mid-1974. During the late 1980s, the locomotive was refurbished and reclassified as Class 37/5 which resulted in another renumbering to 37688. On the 7th July 2007 whilst in Direct Rail Services (DRS) Compass livery, the locomotive was named ‘Kingmoor TMD’ at the Depot’s Open Day. The locomotive can now be found operating on the Severn Valley Railway and at present it still carries DRS blue livery, albeit without DRS branding.

Above: 31-653RJ, Class 47 No. 47712 ‘Lady Diana Spencer’ in ScotRail livery.

Built at Brush Works, Class 47 No. D1948 entered service in 1966 in two-tone green livery. The locomotive was renumbered 47505 in 1974 before a further number change five years later to 47712 which it still carries today. The locomotive was first named ‘Lady Diana Spencer’ on 30th April 1981 at Glasgow Queen Street station by then Chairman of the British Railway Board (BRB), Sir Peter Parker. The name was chosen ahead of ‘Prince Charles Edward’ in a competition which was organised by Radio Clyde. It carried this name for 14 years and in three different liveries (BR Blue with Large Logo, ScotRail and Parcels) before it was renamed ‘Dick Whittington’ on 5th July 1995.

No fewer than 10 liveries were carried whilst the locomotive was in service with the most recent being DRS Compass livery. Now preserved, the locomotive has been painted back into ScotRail livery and once again carries the name ‘Lady Diana Spencer’ which was added in 2016. It can now be found working on heritage lines and making appearances at depot open days across Britain.

This model (31-653RJ) is only available to purchase from Bachmann retailers in the counties of: Cumbria, Durham, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Cheshire, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Scotland.