Bachmann plans GBRf Class 69 for 'OO' and 'N'

Bachmann plans
GBRf Class 69 

Class 69 69001

Bachmann has announced that it will be producing models of the Class 69 for 'OO' and 'N' gauge in an exclusive agreement with GB Railfreight (GBRf).

The Class 69s are being converted for GBRf by Progress Rail in Stoke-on-Trent using redundant Class 56s as their basis to meet the freight operator's motive power requirements. They are being fitted with the same EMD engine as the Class 66 together with a cab interior similar to the Class 66. The locomotives retain their Class 56 bogies, wheelsets and traction motors, but have an updated body style.

Ten locomotives have been ordered initially with an option for six more to be built. 69001 and 69002 have now entered traffic with each carrying a special livery: 69001 has American and British flags to represent the American input into the rebuilding of the British Class 56s while 69002 carries a GBRf branded version of BR ‘large logo’ blue.

David Haarhaus, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc said: “We are delighted that GB Railfreight have given us the responsibility of reproducing their new Class 69 locomotive in model form. The real locomotives have already grabbed the attention of enthusiasts and we are sure that these models will be just as popular. We have always enjoyed a strong relationship with GBRf and so we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them once again to produce models of these distinctive locomotives. It is perfect timing for us as we will be able to incorporate the high level of detail and features that are associated with Bachmann products, including all of the latest technologies that are being employed on our new generation of locomotives.”

Class 69 69002

David continued: “We recently worked with GBRf to produce the Pride of Britain Train Packs, the sales of which will benefit NHS Charities Together, and I am proud that the agreement to produce these Class 69 models will present another opportunity for us both to give to a deserving charity. In addition to 69001 and 69002, we will be producing a model of another member of the Class, the profits from the sales of which will be donated to a charity of GBRf’s choice.”

Bob Tiller, Engineering Strategy Director for GB Railfreight said: GBRf are delighted to work with Bachmann on this prestigious project, we are very excited for our new fleet of 69s and even more excited to see highly detailed Bachmann Class 69 models of these locomotives available to everyone. GBRf work with a number of highly respected UK charities including those affiliated to the NHS and the sums collected will help everyone in these times. We are producing a number of special liveries to ensure a colourful and interesting collection and look forward to seeing them enjoyed on our layouts.”

Models of the Class 69 will appear in both the Bachmann Branchline ‘OO' and Graham Farish ‘N’ gauge ranges, though a release schedule and price are to be confirmed.