In the Summer 2021 Bachmann Times magazine we gave members of the Bachmann Collectors Club an exclusive first look at the livery samples for the newly tooled Graham Farish Class 319 EMUs, and we’re delighted to now share further images of these stunning models here.
The Class 319 dual-voltage, four-car Electric Multiple Units were built by British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) in York between 1987 and 1988 (Class 319/0) and 1990 (Class 319/1) for use on the north-south cross-London services, notably the then-new Thameslink service which commenced in May 1988 running between Bedford and Brighton. Entering traffic in Network SouthEast colours, the units later received Thameslink livery, and many have subsequently found use with other operators away from London including Northern Rail. All three of these colourful liveries are depicted by the N scale models that will be produced by Graham Farish.
No. 319004 – BR Network SouthEast (Revised)
First up is Class 319/0 No. 319004 in the colourful Network SouthEast (Revised) livery of red, white and blue as the units would have been when fresh into traffic, this model is fitted with a Sprung Stone Faiveley pantograph.
No. 319382 – Thameslink
The Thameslink franchise was operated by Thameslink (Govia) from 1997. The Class 319/1s built in 1990 were the only 319s to feature first class seating but this was quickly removed by Thameslink, following which the units were reclassified as Class 319/3s. No. 319382 depicts a typical Thameslink Class 319/3 in its bold blue and yellow livery and fitted with a Sprung Brecknell Willis pantograph.
No. 319362 – Northern Rail
As new trains were acquired for Thameslink services, many 319s found work away from London including twenty 319/3s with Northern Rail. Following light refurbishment, the units were decorated in Northern Electrics livery as carried by No. 319362 which is fitted with a Sprung Brecknell Willis pantograph.
The new model boasts an impressive specification with highly detailed bodyshells, underframes and bogies, all enhanced by the exquisite livery application capturing these colourful units to a tee.
Fitted with a sprung pantograph (Brecknell Willis or Stone Faiveley depending on the unit modelled) and with conductive couplings between each vehicle, just one Next18 Decoder is required for use on DCC. Installing a decoder is a simple process thanks to the easy-access decoder socket which is accessed by removing one of the underframe panels which is held in place by a single screw.
The powerful coreless motor is coupled to a flywheel for smooth running, all of which is fitted into the underframe of the MSO vehicle meaning that all four vehicles have unobstructed interiors which are further enhanced by the interior lighting. What’s more, this Graham Farish model features switchable directional lighting, plus a pre-fitted speaker making it easy to add Sound.
Class 319 features at a glance
- Graham Farish N Scale
- Powerful Coreless motor
- Electrical pickup on all axles
- Sprung Pantograph
- Unobstructed interior view
- Integral conductive couplings between vehicles
- Multiple unit couplings at cab ends
- Directional & Internal lighting
- Next 18 DCC decoder socket
- Length 560mm (over couplings)
With a choice of colourful liveries spanning several decades of operation, the Class 319 looks set to be another great addition to the Graham Farish range and is sure to find a home on many N scale layouts. Contact your local Bachmann stockist today to pre-order yours!