It has been a few weeks since our Product Highlights featured OO Scale models of the Class 158 DMU. This class of diesel multiple unit is also set to join the Graham Farish range in N Scale, with the new models currently expected to be available shortly before the end of the year.
The full-size Class 158 DMUs are also known as Express Sprinters. They were built in Derby between 1989 and 1992 to replace locomotive-hauled passenger trains and to free up existing DMUs for use elsewhere. Over 180 Class 158 sets were built with most with having 2 cars, although 17 sets were built with 3 cars for use on Trans-Pennine services. The sets were originally decorated in BR’s Regional Railways livery, and almost all of the sets are still in use by multiple railway operators, making the Class 158 a common sight in multiple liveries across the whole of the country.
Our latest models have been produced with new tooling, allowing the models to be produced with many different combinations of air conditioning, engines, air dams, light clusters and gangway doors that are accurate for the specific units being depicted. The bodies have been decorated with a huge amount of detail in the liveries, whilst the windows feature tinted glazing and allow for a full view of the interior decoration on the seats and tables. The bogies have been constructed from multiple components and featuring full relief detail. The models feature close coupling mechanisms between the cars, whilst the cab ends are equipped with working miniature BSI Couplings. The models also share the following features:
- Coreless, twin shaft motor with two flywheels providing drive to both bogies of the DMS (A) vehicle
- Four axle drive (all axles on the DMS (A) vehicle)
- Electrical pickup from all wheels
- Directional lighting, including illuminated destination panels, switchable on/off at either end on DCC or Analogue control
- Cab and saloon interior lighting, switchable on/off via the under-chassis switches
- Close coupling mechanism with integral conductive couplings fitted between vehicles
- Equipped with a Next18 DCC Decoder Socket – Recommended Decoder item No. 36-567B
- Speaker installed in all models for optimum sound reproduction
SOUND FITTED versions of each model will also be available. These models feature a Zimo MS590N18 DCC Sound Decoder that has been programmed using an exclusive sound project that contains over 25 functions.
The SOUND FITTED models may also be used on most Analogue (DC) layouts, where they will play prime mover sounds when power is applied. Directional lights and passenger compartment lights will also illuminate when power is applied.
Class 158 2-Car DMU BR Regional Railways
Our first models are decorated in the BR Regional Railways livery from Era 8.
|52849 and 57849
|Liverpool Lime Street
|52816 and 57816
Class 158 2-Car DMU ScotRail Saltire
Our next models are in ScotRail’s Saltire livery from Era 9.
|52711 and 57711
|52729 and 57729
Class 158 2-Car DMU Arriva Trains Wales (Revised)
Our third livery is Arriva Trains Wales’ revised livery from Era 9.
|52824 and 57824
Class 158 2-Car DMU East Midlands Trains
Our next model is in East Midlands Trains livery from Era 9.
Class 158 2-Car DMU GWR Green (FirstGroup)
Our next group of Class 158 2-Car DMUs are in GWR Green (FirstGroup) livery from Era 9.
|52766 and 57766
|Bristol Temple Meads
|52750 and 57750
Class 158 2-Car DMU Northern
The penultimate models are decorated in the Northern livery from Era 9.
|52844 and 57844
|52861 and 57861
Class 158 2-Car DMU Central Trains
The final model depicts a Class 158 2-Car DMU in Central Trains livery from Era 9.
These Class 158 models are set to be released 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 order yours!
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