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Bachmann Europe Plc today announced its plans for 2012 at The Model & Hobby Show, the annual trade event held in Coventry. Despite the economic downturn, the company has just recorded its best ever trading year during 2011 and aims to build on its position as Manufacturer of the Year with another exciting programme of new models.
In recent years we have introduced a number of OO scale historical steam locomotive types into our Branchline range. Over the next 18 months we will see the release of four more steam locomotives including our first ever Scottish prototype to feature in the range. Known as the Scottish Directors, 24 LNER Class D11 4-4-0s were built after the Grouping in 1923 to Robinsons successful Great Central design. Further classic locomotive types are being introduced with a Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway 2-4-2T and the Great Central / LNER J11 0-6-0 goods locomotives affectionately known as Pom Poms. Following on from the successful 3F 0-6-0 introduced last year Bachmann are introducing the Midland Railway Fowler 4F 0-6-0 a type which remained in service until 1966.
We have built up a good reputation for producing three 1st generation Diesel Multiple Unit types in recent years and the new catalogue features a two car Class 101, now added to the roster to complement the Class 105, 108 and Derby Lightweight units already in the range.
Coaching stock sees the introduction of a new range of Southern parcels vans whilst new OO scale freight stock includes a Midland 20T brake van, PCA Metalair tank wagon, 10T LNER Fish van and an A type container to run on a conflat wagon.
Having taken over the Graham Farish range in 2000 we have, since then, maintained a programme of replacing inherited models with new versions using modern tooling techniques. We also have to balance this with introducing models that have not previously been available before.
Although they have appeared in the range before, new N scale models of Blue Riband standards are being introduced of the LMS Princess Coronation 4-6-2, SR Merchant Navy in original streamlined condition, BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T and the Class 55 Deltic. These are brand new models in every respect and surpass those previously available. The 57xx and 8750 pannier tanks will retain their existing body work but will benefit from brand new chassis. A Class 37/4 variant is also being introduced into the fleet of Class 37 locomotives currently available.
Brand new locomotives not previously available in N scale are the LNER A2 Class
4-6-2 and Class 70 Powerhaul diesel locomotive now in service with Freightliner.
A range of Southern Region Bulleid coaches is being introduced and include Brake Corridor Second, Second Corridor, Second Open and Composite Corridor versions. The new Mark 1 coaches introduced over the last couple of years sees the inclusion of an FK (First Corridor) coach. BR Mk2A coaches which feature a TSO (Tourist Standard Open), FK (First Corridor) and BSO (Brake Second Open) are also being introduced. Also new is the BR Mk1 Horse Box which operated as part of passenger trains on many occasions, the CCT 4 wheel van is also to be added to the range. New wagons include the modern Polybulk bogie hopper and the 24T iron ore hopper.
These models will be released over the next 18 months.
Graham Hubbard, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc said today Bachmann Europe continues to go from strength to strength both here and in Germany. We have assembled another exciting programme of new releases which we believe will be welcomed by many over the next 18 months.
13 March 2012
For further information please contact :
Dennis Lovett, Public Relations Manager,
Bachmann Europe PLC, Moat Way, Barwell, Leicestershire, LE9 8EY
Telephone: +44 (0) 1455 841756