Today (1st February 2023) saw the launch of our first new products for 2023 with the Spring British Railway Announcements. Following a bumper year in 2022, which saw twelve major projects completed and delivered to retailers, and a total of more than 400 new items released in our British-outline railway ranges, today’s British Railway Announcements is Bachmann’s biggest yet, with some 111 new items unveiled and confirmed for delivery to Bachmann stockists in the coming months.
Wagons Galore from Bachmann Narrow Gauge
The Bachmann Narrow Gauge range saw both the Quarry Hunslet and Mainline Hunslet locomotives delivered at the end of 2022, with four versions of each, along with SOUND FITTED options for the Mainline Hunslets. Adding to the range of OO9 scale models by Bachmann Narrow Gauge this Spring and expanding the selection of rolling stock available are five further RNAD wagons. These new versions join the eight models previously announced, which are now in transit to the UK, and depict wagons in original RNAD use, in the colours of other freight operators namely the Southern Railway and ICI Lime, and in preserved condition.
It’s all about the Freight for Graham Farish this Quarter
In N Scale the all-new Graham Farish Class 90 Electric Locomotive will now be available in Freightliner ‘Powerhaul’ livery, with or without SOUND FITTED, whilst the Class 08 Diesel Shunter is offered in the popular BR Green and BR Blue colour schemes using the newly-upgraded model which also allows SOUND FITTED models to be offered alongside the standard versions. The Graham Farish rolling stock range sees a major injection of wagons with new releases of the 14 Ton Tanks, 30 Ton Bogie Bolsters, Bogie Ballast Hoppers, 27 Ton Steel Tipplers and HKA Bogie Hopper Wagons all set for release this Spring. In each instance, multiple liveries will be available and, in most cases, offered with a choice of two running numbers per livery.
37s Galore from Bachmann Branchline
Upgrades, including the provision for SOUND FITTED models, to the award-winning Bachmann Branchline BR Standard Class 9F Steam Locomotive were announced in Winter 2022 and today, two further models were unveiled including the sole surviving Single Chimney locomotive No. 92134. SOUND FITTED versions of the Windhoff two-car Multi-Purpose Vehicle will also be released for the first time, alongside standard models, in two Network Rail colour schemes. Six new identities for the all-new Class 37 from Bachmann Branchline are unveiled, covering the early years in traffic with two BR Green-liveried models, through Sectorisation, and into the modern day with a Colas Rail Freight example. All models feature unique tooling combinations to ensure they are of the highest fidelity, and are offered in three formats – standard, SOUND FITTED and SOUND FITTED DELUXE.
Lobsters for the OO Connoisseur this Spring
New Tooling for Spring 2023 comes in the form of the MXA ‘Lobster’ Bogie Open Wagons. These wagons, built by DB Cargo using redundant Bogie Bolster wagon frames, were outshopped in the vibrant red livery of DB Cargo and the new Branchline model will be available with a choice of two running numbers. Completing the Bachmann Branchline offering this quarter is a twin pack of ScotRail Mk2 Coaches, and a further release of the Class 158 DMU which appears in Arriva Trains Wales livery.
Nodding Donkeys new from EFE Rail
There are new DMUs for EFE Rail too, with the Class 143 and 144 ‘Pacer’ two-car DMUs, also known by enthusiasts as ‘Nodding Donkeys’, announced – five liveries are available across the two classes.
Scenecraft’s Spring Collection unveiled
Bachmann’s Scenecraft range is boosted with more than a dozen new N scale models, whilst in OO scale several popular products return including the Two Lane Engine Shed, Depot Water Tower and Art Deco Signal Box, alongside a selection of new items.
E-Z Command Plus – a new entry-point for DCC
The E-Z Command Control Centre, Bachmann’s pioneering DCC system, has provided the entry into DCC for thousands of modellers and today a new version of this popular controller was revealed – E-Z Command Plus. This easy-to-use DCC system allows the operation of multiple locomotives and up to 29 functions can be controlled allowing the full suite of sound and light effects from SOUND FITTED and SOUND FITTED DELUXE models to be enjoyed. Other features include simple on-track locomotive address programming, and the rotary speed dial which is complemented by an illuminated speed scale. A new Locomotive Stop button allows individual locomotives to be stopped, whilst the Stop All button initiates a complete emergency stop to bring the whole layout to a halt. E-Z Command Plus is suitable for use with DCC-equipped N, OO and OO9 scale models and features simple plug and play wiring to allow setup in minutes.
New Logos as Bachmann Celebrates 190 Years!
Alongside the new products for Spring 2023, our new logos were also formally unveiled today – these have been launched to coincide with Bachmann’s 190th Anniversary. New logos for Bachmann Europe Plc, Bachmann Branchline, Bachmann Narrow Gauge and Bachmann Collectors Club will appear on new Bachmann products during 2023.
The full range of products that make up today’s announcement are featured in the Spring 2023 British Railway Announcements Catalogue, this catalogue is published exclusively with the Bachmann Times – the official magazine of the Bachmann Collectors Club – and Club members receive copies of all four British Railway Announcements catalogues each year. The Spring 2023 British Railway Announcements Catalogue is also included with the Bachmann Europe Model Railway Combined Volume 2023, copies of which are on their way to Bachmann Collectors Club members and will be available to purchase from Bachmann stockists soon. The Combined Volume also features continuing lines and items that are still in stock, plus forthcoming items from previous years’ announcements which are yet to arrive – projected release dates for many of which can be found at www.bachmann.co.uk.
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.
Auto Ballasters form the basis of the next Bachmann Collectors Club Exclusive Models
To coincide with Bachmann Europe’s Spring British Railway Announcements, the Bachmann Collectors Club today unveiled its first new products for 2023. Exclusive use has been made of the award-winning Bachmann Branchline tooling for the JJA Mk2 Auto Ballaster to produce two examples of these stunning wagons in Network Rail livery and these can be purchased by Bachmann Collectors Club members now.
With both the Generator and non-Generator variants available, the models have been expertly finished to represent the prototypes, where the original Railtrack blue livery has been covered with a yellow band and Network Rail branding. This pristine strip on each side of the wagon contrasts against the worn and rusted paintwork surrounding it, and this condition is captured by the specialist weathered finish applied to each model.
The Auto-Ballasters comprise hundreds of components, decorated using multiple paint applications and requiring more than seventy print applications per wagon to capture the plethora or markings and warnings that adorn the prototype. Incorporating such an incredible level of detail, whilst producing a model which remains durable enough for everyday use is no mean feat, but these Branchline wagons achieve that without compromise. The result however is a premium product and one which may not have been commercially viable if sold via Bachmann’s valued retail partners. Instead, by offering these amazing models directly to Bachmann Collectors Club members, Bachmann are once again able deliver this highly desirable product whilst ensuring it remains attainable to their cherished Club members. Priced at £94.95 each, both models are in stock now.
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.