THE FIRST of Bachmann’s product announcements for 2020 took place on February 4/5 with the manufacturer revealing a collection of new ‘OO’ gauge models for release through February-April.
The manufacturer has changed its routine for product announcements and will now be offering quarterly listings conveying new items for its collections. The February launch also saw confirmation of the delivery timescale for a number of its previously announced models which are scheduled to arrive during the same period.
Topping the list of new products are SECR ‘C’ 0-6-0 1573 in Southern Railway lined black (Cat No. 31-464A) together with Class 37/7 37800 Cassiopeia in the striking Europhoenix colour scheme for ‘OO’ gauge (32-393/32-393SF). Joining them is a new trio of SECR ‘Birdcage’ stock in SECR Dark Lake livery covering a Brake Composite Lavatory (BCL), Composite Lavatory (CL) and Brake Third (BT), together with three 35/41ton bulk grain wagons in BR bauxite, Grainflow green and BRT blue livery and a pair of GWR ‘Toad’ brake vans in GWR and BR grey.
Expanding the Scenecraft range for this quarter is the return of its highly popular Bluebell Railway building collection. The buildings are based on those at Sheffield Park and cover the booking office, canopy, waiting room and toilet, plus office and store. The tooling has been amended for these models and the canopy now features injection moulded parts instead of resin for finer detail. The full set will be released in both crimson and cream as well as green and cream colour schemes.
At the launch Bachmann confirmed the release dates for its Class 159 DMU (31-520/31-520SF) as March 2020 while the Class 24/1 in BR green with small yellow warning panels (32-441) and BR blue (32-442) will also arrive in the same month - see HM153 for our reviews of the Class 24/1 and Class 159. The first versions of the long-awaited Class 117 DMUs are expected in April with BR green (35-500) and BR blue/grey (35-501) versions due first, along with the BR green Class 121 railcar (35-525). Other highlights for this quarter in ‘OO’ include the arrival of a pair of ‘Dukedog’ 4-4-0s in GWR (31-086A) and BR black (31-090DS) liveries from the 2019 catalogue, together with a pair of ‘D11/1’ 4-4-0s in GCR (31-147DS) and BR lined black (31-146A) colour schemes.
Graham Farish ‘N’ gauge is to benefit from the arrival of the modified Class 70 in Freightliner (371-640) and Colas Rail (371-641) liveries together with the return of the BR ‘3MT’ 2-6-2T (372-331) while its all-new Thompson carriages are set to debut in April with the arrival of the First (FK) and Composite (CK) vehicles arriving in LNER faux teak and BR crimson and cream.
Scenecraft sees delivery of a number of low relief buildings across ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge as well as a tent, bus stop and industrial tanks. See the accompanying tables above for more details and the video report on the Bachmann 2020 announcements below.