Product Highlight: Windhoff MPVs

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This week’s Product Highlights are the OO Scale models of the Multiple-Purpose Vehicles that are available as part of the Bachmann Branchline range.

The real MPVs were built for Railtrack to use during the maintenance of railway infrastructure and have a modular design that allows them to be configured for any requirement. Our models have been produced with a full set of seven modules, most of which can be removed so that your MPV can be configured to whatever arrangement that you wish. 

These MPV models all share the following features:

  • Accessory Pack
  • NEM Coupling Pockets
  • Powerful 3 Pole Motor with Flywheel
  • Directional Lighting
  • Ready to Accept a Speaker
  • Equipped with a 21 Pin DCC Decoder Socket – recommended Decoder item No. 36-557A

The models also have conductive couplings between the cars, allowing modellers that use DCC to control both cars at the same time with only a single 21-pin digital decoder.

The SOUND FITTED versions of these models are equipped with an ESU Loksound V5 DCC Sound Decoder, which has been programmed using a custom sound project that features 30 different functions. The sound project also provides the option to select alternative brake, horn and coupling sounds by altering CV values. 

The SOUND FITTED models are also suitable for use on layouts that are operated with analogue (DC) control. When used on analogue layouts, the models will play normal load running sounds as well as other other automatic or randomised sounds when power is applied.

31-578(SF) – Windhoff MPV 2-Car Set Network Rail Yellow

The first MPV model is 31-578, which is a 2-car set made up of vehicle numbers DR98923 and DR98973 and decorated in Network Rail’s Yellow livery. The cars carry South West Trains branding and the set is named “Chris Lemon”. 

The SOUND FITTED version of this model is product code 31-578SF. Both versions of this model are already available to purchase from retailers.



31-579(SF) – Windhoff MPV 2-Car Set Network Rail Orange

The latest MPV model is 31-579, which is in Network Rail’s Orange and made up of vehicle numbers DR98914 and DR98964. These also carry the South West Trains branding, and the set is named “Dick Preston”.

The SOUND FITTED version of this model is product code 31-579SF. Unlike the yellow liveried models above, these models are expected to arrive at retailers over the next few weeks.



With some of these models already available from Bachmann stockists and others set to be released in the coming weeks, head to the Bachmann Europe website, where you can find the latest release information. Once you’ve selected your models, get in touch with your nearest retailer to order yours!

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