British Railway Announcements | Winter 2021

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Today (Wednesday 3rd November 2021) we unveiled our final instalment of British Railway Announcements for 2021. Our Winter announcements include a host of new models from Bachmann Branchline, Graham Farish, Bachmann Narrow Gauge, Scenecraft and EFE Rail and with these new items set to land on shelves in the next three months, let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

With a trio of all-new OO scale Diesel Locomotives dominating the British Railway Announcements so far in 2021, for Winter we turn our attention to the Bachmann Narrow Gauge range where the new OO9 scale Double Fairlie Locomotive takes all of the headlines. Full details of the new items were revealed in a virtual presentation on YouTube, so why not take a look if you have not already done so.

Double Delight from Bachmann Narrow Gauge

Bachmann Narrow Gauge has reaffirmed its position as a leading name in British-outline OO9 scale with the introduction of the iconic Ffestiniog Railway Double Fairlie as its next OO9 locomotive. The most recognisable narrow gauge locomotive of them all, the Bachmann Narrow Gauge Double Fairlie captures the unique beauty of the prototype in miniature. Three models will be available which incorporate locomotive- and era-specific details, completed by the exquisite livery application using Ffestiniog Railway-specification colours along with authentic crests and symbols. The high specification chassis incorporates a coreless motor with twin flywheels driving both bogies, all-wheel pick up, separate metal bearings on each axle and a Next18 DCC decoder socket with pre-fitted speaker. The three models will be available this November in standard or SOUND FITTED format.

Digital Diesel Shunters from Graham Farish

The highlight for many N scale modellers this Winter will be the Class 03 and 04 Diesel Shunters with their new chassis which incorporate a DCC decoder socket for the first time. In order to fit within the minute space inside the models, a new DCC decoder is also added to the range – the 6 Pin Micro DCC Loco-Decoder (36-571) which is the perfect fit for the new Class 03 and Class 04s. Like other Bachmann DCC decoders, this new decoder also includes the Brake Button function.

In addition to these Diesel Shunters, the Class 150/1 Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) appears in BR Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive livery for the first time, along with a SOUND FITTED version of the Class 101 DMU in the iconic BR Green ‘Speed Whiskers’ livery.

New Nineties lead the way for Bachmann Branchline

In OO scale the Bachmann Branchline Class 90 returns by popular demand, and four new liveries adorn this stunning model. Combining a highly accurate and detailed body shell with an authentic chassis and bogies – each featuring a wealth of separately fitted detail – the Bachmann Branchline Class 90 also incorporates authentic lighting and a finely-rendered Pantograph which can be raised or lowered via the built-in servo motor when operated on DCC. SOUND FITTED versions of each are also available which, like all Bachmann SOUND FITTED models, can be enjoyed on both DCC and Analogue control. For those wishing to fit a DCC decoder to a standard model, a new decoder configured specifically for these new Class 90s has been announced (36-569A).

Two new Class 150 DMUs also appear, including the Class 150/2 which features the windows in the cab-end corridor doors, as fitted to the units when first built, for the first time, along with a new LMS-liveried Ivatt 2MT Tank and a trio of wagons to bolster the rolling stock fleet.

Reminisce about Summer Days with Scenecraft

The Scenecraft range is expanded with the addition of several OO scale seaside-themed items, including two Holiday Coaches, a seaside Café and Lifeguards Hut, helping you rekindle summer holidays of days gone by. Numerous Low Relief models return to the range by popular demand, along with the Coach Washing Plant, while in O scale the Sectional Lineside Hut is available once again.

N scale additions include the Parachute Water Tower and Fuelling Pump House, plus several handy accessories like the Lineside Cabinets and Small Kiosk. Like every Scenecraft model, these new items are all highly detailed and hand decorated making them the perfect choice to add instant impact and realism to any layout or diorama.

A SEA of new Wagons from EFE Rail

New to the EFE Rail range for Winter 2021 is a selection of OO scale SEA and SPA wagons. These twin axle wagons were used to transport steel and examples are offered in BR Railfreight, BR Engineers Grey & Yellow, EWS and Network Rail liveries along with weathered examples. The SEA wagons are recognisable due to the hoods fitted to protect the load and these too are available in BR Railfreight livery, some with Cardiff Rod Mill branding, and weathered versions too.

Like all of the items featured in each British Railway Announcements, these new products are due to be arriving with your local Bachmann stockist in the next three months so contact your local stockist to order yours today.

The Bachmann Collectors Club opens its doors to OO9 Members

The next release from the Bachmann Collectors Club is a model of Double Fairlie No. 12 ‘David Lloyd George’ in Ffestiniog Railway Lined Red livery. Produced exclusively for Club members, we are also delighted to offer a new OO9 Scale Membership option for those who may wish to join the Club in order to add ‘David Lloyd George’ to their collection.

Providing the same extensive membership benefits already enjoyed by thousands of Club members, OO9 scale members will receive a OO9 scale wagon plus four copies of the Bachmann Times magazine and British Railway Announcements Catalogue, a two year warranty on Bachmann models, access to the Members Lounge at selected events, the chance to attend the annual free Members Day and the opportunity to purchase Limited Edition models produced exclusively for members.

‘David Lloyd George’ was constructed in 1992 and can be found operating on the Ffestiniog Railway today so this model is the perfect choice for anyone with their sights set on modelling the FR during the last thirty years or wishing to rekindle memories of a recent visit to this North Wales gem. To order yours or for any more information about the Bachmann Collectors Club head over to the Club website now!