Class 90 model presented to Lady Judy McAlpine

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Bachmann Honours ‘Sir Bill’ with Class 90 at Fawley Hill

Nicholas Garner, Bachmann Collectors Club Administrator and Exhibitions Officer, joins Lady Judy McAlpine and the Fawley Museum volunteers in a champagne toast to Sir William McAlpine following the presentation of a Bachmann Branchline model of Class 90 No. 90028 ‘Sir William McAlpine’. PHOTO BY TREVOR JONES

On Monday 9th May 2022, the Bachmann Collectors Club presented Lady Judy McAlpine with a model of Class 90 Electric Locomotive No. 90028 ‘Sir William McAlpine’ at her Fawley Hill estate home. The OO scale model was produced as a collaboration between the Bachmann Collectors Club and Locomotion Models, and was launched in February at Model Rail Scotland – read more about the launch of the model. The real locomotive was named by DB Cargo in 2019 during a ceremony at the National Railway Museum in York, in tribute to Lady McAlpine’s late husband, Sir William McAlpine.

Sir William was a lifelong railway enthusiast who, straight from school, joined the family construction company ‘Sir Robert McAlpine’, formed by his great-grandfather who shared his name with the company, but was fondly known as ‘Concrete Bob’ due to his pioneering use of the material in his constructions. In 1961 he bought, for himself, the company’s last steam locomotive for £100 and built a railway for it to run on at his Buckinghamshire home – the Fawley Hill estate. In 1973, he rescued ‘Flying Scotsman’ from the USA, purchasing it from the receivers after a failed tour, and retained ownership until 1996.

Sir William became involved in railway preservation and was the first Chairman of the Railway Heritage Trust. A vast collection of railway artefacts and memorabilia was assembled at Fawley Hill by Sir William and following his passing, this is now cared for by Lady Judy McAlpine and a team of dedicated volunteers. After presenting the model to Lady Judy and following a champagne toast with the volunteers, the Bachmann Collectors Club team were treated to a guided tour of the Fawley Museum and a ride on the Fawley Hill Railway aboard the Observation Coach ‘Judy’, hauled by Class 03 diesel No. D2120.

The partnership between the Bachmann Collectors Club and Locomotion Models has seen 200 SOUND FITTED models offered exclusively by the Bachmann Collectors Club, whilst 300 standard models have also been made and these are available only from Locomotion Models. Limited numbers of each remain available to purchase; order the SOUND FITTED model today, or contact Locomotion Models for enquiries relating to the standard version.