OO scale models of the Class 20 are set to return to the Bachmann Branchline range over the next few months, so now is the perfect time to have a closer look at these upcoming locomotives.
These models all feature the high level of detail that you would expect from a a Bachmann Branchline Diesel Locomotive. There is an unmotorised rotating radiator fan in the roof, whilst the body sides feature one piece radiator shutters. The sides and ends of the locomotive have several separately applied metal detail parts such as the handrails, grab handles, sand pipes and etched fan grilles.
The locomotives have directional and interior lighting, with the colours and temperature of the lighting having been specially chosen in order to accurately portray both the era of the locomotive and the type of lighting being used.
Beneath the solebar, these models feature chassis blocks and bogie towers made from diecast metal, whilst the bogies themselves are assembled from multiple components with impressive full relief details. The gearboxes are also made of diecast metal, with gearing that allows for realistic prototypical running speeds and haulage capabilities. The locomotives are driven on all axles, with each axle having separate metal bearings. These three models also feature sprung metal Round Oleo buffers at each end and all come with an accessory pack that contains optional snowploughs.
Along with all of the features mentioned above, these new Class 20 models also have the following aspects in common:
- Five pole, twin shaft motor with two flywheels providing drive to both bogies
- Electrical pickup from all wheels
- Detachable coupling pockets to NEM362 standards fitted to each bogie
- Plux22 DCC decoder interface
- Speaker installed in all models for optimum sound reproduction
SOUND FITTED versions of each model will also be available, which will be equipped with a Zimo MS450P22 DCC Sound Decoder. This decoder has been programmed with a sound project that was produced specifically for our Class 20 models utilising recordings from real locomotives. The SOUND FITTED models may also be used on Analogue DC layouts, where engine start up sequence and running sounds are produced when power is applied.
35-353(SF): Class 20/0 Headcode Box D8133 BR Green (Small Yellow Panels)
This locomotive carries headcode boxes at both ends, with the headcode 9T90 displayed in the front box and 1T93 in the box on the cab, and the sides of the cab have small windows. The right hand side of this model features a two piece handrail.
On the underside of the body, the locomotive has the original battery boxes. Each bogie has drilled bogie equaliser beams and there are up to four sandboxes per bogie. The locomotive has a Scottish-style buffer beam and nose-end solebar handles.
35-356(SF): Class 20/0 Disc Headcode 20010 BR Blue [W]
This model has disc headcodes at each end, whilst the right hand side features a one piece handrail. The cab sides have larger Scottish-style windows.
Beneath the solebar, the battery boxes have additional cover clips. The bogies have fluted equalising beams and each bogie has two sandboxes on the outer end. This model also has a Scottish-style bufferbeam and optional air brake pipes.
35-357A(SF): Class 20/0 Headcode Box 20227 BR Railfreight (Red Stripe)
This model also has disc headcodes at each end and a one piece handrail along the right hand side of the body. The cab has small side windows.
The bogies again have fluted equalising beams and two sandboxes at the outer ends. The battery boxes have the additional cover clips and there are optional air brake pipes included in the accessory pack.
These models are currently expected to arrive at retailers during the next quarter, 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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