This week in news – Aug 1-6

A look at the model railway headlines from the last seven days

Bachmann 47

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Bachmann Autumn updates

Bachmann pre-empted its own Autumn updates release by announcing it is to produce all-new models of the Brush Type 4 Class 47 diesels in ‘OO’ gauge. Development of the model began several years ago using original drawings, diagrams and surveys of real locomotives with the intention of producing an unrivalled model. The Class 47 will include a motorised fan system, with the twin radiator fans having their own dedicated motor that will operate on either DCC or DC systems. Each Class 47 will be produced in three formats. A standard version with a Plux22 socket for analogue users or those wishing to fit their own decoder, a sound fitted model with a pre-fitted Loksound V5 decoder and a new sound fitted deluxe format has been introduced for those models that feature the motorised fan system. On analogue control the fans will rotated randomly but can be controlled with DCC. Five versions have been announced in the Autumn updates: BR two-tone green with small yellow warning panels, BR blue, BR InterCity swallow, BR Railfreight Construction Sector and BR RF Distribution European Tinsley Traction Depot. Prices start from £239.95 for the analogue version, rising to £369.95 for the sound fitted deluxe models. In addition to the new Class 47s, sound versions of the Bachmann Branchline Class J72s join the range, as do two 3-plank wagons. For ‘N’ gauge, the Graham Farish range sees the introduction of three new LMS 50ft Inspection Saloons, including one in the popular InterCity Swallow livery, plus new wagons to bolster the rolling stock fleet. There are new additions to the EFE Rail range as well, with the ‘OO’ gauge LSWR Adams 02 appearing in three guises. The popular PBA Tiger Wagon also returns in ‘OO’, with two further pristine models and two weathered examples announced. The Scenecraft range has new additions in both ‘N’ and ‘OO’. Included in the selection are several much requested models which return to the range such as the ‘N’ gauge carriage shed and ‘OO’ modern servicing depot, plus a new low relief model of Goathland Hotel – famous for its starring role as the Aidensfield Arms in the period drama Heartbeat.

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Dapol Class 66 is one step closer

Dapol has revealed the arrival of the ‘O’ Gauge Class 66 Engineering Prototype. The EP is currently under review by the design team and is therefore subject to change and correction where necessary. A selection of photographs are available on Dapol’s website alongside information on how you can pre-order factory installed DCC Sound models.


Next model from Sonic

Sonic Models are offering the distinctive LNER/BR(E) J50 0-6-0 tank locomotive, as their next N gauge powered model. The model is being developed by Sonic Models in conjunction with Revolution Trains. The Sonic Models J50 is based on the Group Standard design known as J50/3 (with steam brakes) and J50/4 (with vacuum brakes) and features a host of detail variations including GNR or LNER buffers, open or plated coal rails, plain or fluted coupling rods and raised or flush Ross pop valves. The models all feature a similar drive to Sonic’s popular GWR 56xx as well as a detailed backhead in the cab and 6-pin DCC socket arranged such that a 90° decoder will ensure that the chip is largely hidden in normal use. First EP samples are already being tested and the model is expected to be available Q2 2022. The models are available to pre-order exclusively from Rails of Sheffield, who have been appointed the exclusive retailer.

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