The Class 40 is making a welcome return to the Bachmann Branchline range, with several upgraded OO scale models due to arrive soon.
These new Class 40 models have been equipped with a multitude of features and are brought to life by their striking liveries which have been applied using authentic colours, typefaces and logos. The locomotives all share the following common attributes:
- Five pole, twin shaft motor with two flywheels providing drive to both bogies
- Electrical pickup from all twelve driving wheels
- Rotating radiator fan (un-motorised)
- NEM coupling pockets to NEM362 standards integrated into each bogie
- Plux22 DCC decoder interface
- Two quality speakers employed for optimum sound reproduction, fitted to every model as standard
- Pre-fitted driver in one cab
- Each model is pre-fitted with a full set of decorated, model-specific buffer beam pipework whilst further accessory parts, including Etched Nameplates and Plaques, are supplied separately where applicable
- Directional lighting, including headlights and high intensity headlights where applicable, switchable on/off at either end on DCC or Analogue control
- Cab lighting assigned to two DCC functions for separate switching of each
The individual Class 40s had a number of minor variations which have been accurately replicated on our models. These include details representative of different boilers, differences in the positioning of handrails on the cab noses, multiple styles of headcode, and decorated model-specific buffer beam pipework.
Each model is available in both standard and SOUND FITTED versions. The SOUND FITTED models are equipped with an ESU Loksound V5DCC Sound Decoder, which has been loaded with a exclusive sound file produced using recordings from real locomotives.
SOUND FITTED models may also be used on most analogue (DC) layouts, where they will play authentic engine start up sequence and running sounds when power is applied
32-487(SF) – Class 40 Disc Headcode D213 ‘Andania’ BR Green (Small Yellow Panels)
Our first model is 32-487, which depicts Class 40 No. D213 in BR’s Green livery with small yellow warning panels. This locomotive is named ‘Andania‘ and has been preserved, with our model presenting in the locomotive’s current condition as seen operating on the mainline and at preserved railways. It has disc headcodes, a high intensity headlight, and handrails over the corners and top of the nose. The boiler port and cantrail grilles are appropriate for a locomotive with a Stones boiler. The SOUND FITTED version is available under the product code 32-487SF.
32-488(SF) – Class 40 Disc Headcode D292 BR Green (Late Crest)
Our second new model is 32-488, which is Class 40 No. D292 in BR Green with BR’s Late Crest. This locomotive also has disc headcodes and handrails along the top of the nose. The boiler port and cantrail grilles are representative of a locomotive with a Clayton boiler. A version with SOUND FITTED will be available under product code 32-488SF.
32-489(SF) – Class 40 Disc Headcode 40097 BR Blue
Our third model is 32-489, which is Class 40 No. 40097 in BR Blue. This model carries disc headcodes and handrails along the top and corner of the nose. The boiler port and cantrail grilles are appropriate for a locomotive with Clayton boiler. The SOUND FITTED version will be available under product code 32-489SF.
32-490(SF) – Class 40 Centre Headcode (ScR) 40063 BR Blue
The penultimate new model is 32-490, depicting Class 40 No. 40063 in BR Blue. This model sports new tooling for the nose ends, representing the locomotives which had their central headcode panels fitted by the Scottish Region. The nose has handrails along the top and corners, while the locomotive has the boiler port and cantrail grilles associated with a Clayton Boiler. Unlike the other models, this locomotive does not have Multiple Working Equipment. The Sound Fitted version will be available as product code 32-490SF.
32-492(SF) – Class 40 Disc Headcode 40039 BR Green (Full Yellow Ends) [W]
The last new model is 32-492, which is Class 40 No. 40039 in weathered BR Green with full yellow ends and disc headcodes. Similarly to the previous model, the nose has handrails along the top and corners but the locomotive has the boiler port and cantrail grilles representative of a locomotive with a Stones Boiler. The Sound Fitted model will be available as product code 32-492SF.
These models are due to arrive at retailers over the next few months, so 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 pre-order yours!
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