Today (Wednesday 2nd November) we presented the final British Railway Announcements of 2022 with new products unveiled for all of the Bachmann British-outline railway ranges. With more than a dozen new tooling or product upgrade projects already delivered during 2022, the Winter British Railway Announcements sees a trio of new tooling projects unveiled for delivery this year, along with further product upgrades and new liveries for existing models from Bachmann Branchline and Graham Farish.
OO9 Delights from Bachmann Narrow Gauge
With this year’s new announcements dominated by OO and N scale, OO9 takes centre stage this Winter thanks to the Bachmann Narrow Gauge range and the introduction of the Mainline Hunslet locomotives. Depicting the trio of locomotives built for the Penrhyn Quarry Railway in North Wales, these large 0-4-0 saddle tanks build on the success of the award-winning Bachmann Narrow Gauge Double Fairlies first released twelve months ago. Arriving around the same time as the similar sounding, yet vastly different Quarry Hunslets, Charles, Linda and Blanche are all modelled faithfully, with locomotive- and era-specific detailing and liveries to capture each prototype authentically in miniature. Constructed with a diecast metal saddle tank, cylinder block, frames, footplate and chassis block, these powerful models are driven by a coreless motor and flywheel with all-wheel pick up, separate metal bearings on each axle and a Next18 DCC decoder socket with pre-fitted speaker. A new feature for OO9 scale is the firebox lighting which can be enjoyed when the separately fitted, hinged firebox door is posed in the open position. The three models will be available this November in standard or SOUND FITTED format.
Scenecraft joins the Narrow Gauge Party
The Narrow Gauge theme continues in the Scenecraft range where the Ffestiniog Railway’s famous Harbour Station at Porthmadog is replicated in 4mm scale. The trio of buildings is available in two colour schemes. The Scenecraft range of finely detailed, hand-painted models is expanded with new N, OO and O scale releases too, with ‘Aidensfield Garage’ from the hit TV period drama ‘Heartbeat’ a highlight of the new N scale models.
Supreme Steam and Multiple Units from Bachmann Branchline
In OO scale the Bachmann Branchline Western Pullman has been produced in a new Train Pack. Featuring two SOUND FITTED power cars, the model accurately depicts one of the former Midland Pullman six-car units following their transfer to the Western Region. New liveries are seen on no fewer than four steam locomotive types, with the WD Austerity and BR Standard 9F both offered with SOUND FITTED for the first time – the latter having undergone upgrades to incorporate a Plux22 DCC decoder socket and a pre-fitted speaker to facilitate this. New liveries are introduced for the Class 158 DMUs, whilst a range of BR Maroon-liveried LNER Thompson Coaches is also arriving this Winter.
A Diesel Duo from Graham Farish
The Graham Farish N scale range welcomes new diesel locomotives this Winter with two Class 20s depicting No. 20064 ‘River Sheaf’ and No. 20172 ‘Redmire’. Class 31 No. 31309 ‘Cricklewood’ is also announced, and is offered with our without SOUND FITTED.
Class 31s take centre stage in our next round of Sales Area Exclusive Models
The next round of N scale Sales Area Exclusive models features a quartet of Refurbished Class 31 Diesel Locomotives, including SOUND FITTED options for each.
Two New Toolings from EFE Rail
New tooling has been created for Bachmann’s EFE Rail range; building on the success of the EFE Rail OO scale ‘Gate Stock’ coaches new LSWR Cross Country coaches have been developed and these will be offered in book sets. Each book set comprises three coaches and three liveries will be available. The third and final new tooling for this British Railway Announcements comes in the form of the OO scale ZCA ‘Sea Urchin’ Open Wagon, again from EFE Rail.
New Characters from Thomas & Friends™ this Christmas!
Completing the line-up of new items for Winter 2022 are four new additions to Bachmann Europe’s Thomas & FriendsTM range including Edward the Blue Engine and Henry the Green Engine. Moving away from the tracks and Harold the Helicopter and Bertie the Bus are also new and arriving in time for Christmas 2022.
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 coming months, so contact your local stockist to order yours today.
More Exclusive Models from the Bachmann Collectors Club
After N and OO scale models of Class 08 Diesel Shunter ‘Molly’ were launched at the Bachmann Collectors Club Members Day in September, three further Limited Edition models were today unveiled by the Bachmann Collectors Club during the Winter 2022 British Railway Announcements.
In OO scale the award-winning, all-new Class 47 from Bachmann Branchline forms the basis of a Bachmann Collectors Club Limited Edition release for the first time. Offered in Virgin Trains livery as No. 47845 ‘County of Kent’, this Class 47 is available in standard, SOUND FITTED and SOUND FITTED DELUXE format. The SOUND FITTED model is fitted with a ESU V5DCC Sound Decoder, whilst the same is present in the SOUND FITTED DELUXE version which also sports motorised radiator fans and authentic tinted windscreen glazing. Pricing starts at £239.95 for the standard model, £339.95 for SOUND FITTED and £369.95 for SOUND FITTED DELUXE.
The new ‘Dance Hall’ Brake Van from Bachmann Branchline is now available as BR Crane Mess Van No. DS55466 in its distinctive livery of BR Departmental Olive Green with Yellow wrap-around ends. A reprieve in departmental use following withdrawal from revenue earning service ensured this example would be the final ‘Dance Hall’ of its type in use on the national network before it finally succumbed in 1989, thankfully being later saved for preservation. The Bachmann Collectors Club Limited Edition is available now and is priced at £49.95.
For N scale the Graham Farish BR Mk1 BG has been produced in the attractive Maroon and Cream colour scheme of Northern Belle. Depicting No. 92094 which runs on B4 bogies and serves to provide storage for passengers’ luggage on the luxury Northern Belle train, this Bachmann Collectors Club model is priced at £45.95.
Bachmann Collectors Club members can place their orders online via www.bachmanncollectorsclub.co.uk. New members can also join online and purchase from the growing range of Club exclusive models straight away. Orders and membership enquiries can also be made by telephone on 01455 245565.