Next Grafar 'Desiros' Develop

Bachmann has received decorated Engineering Prototype (EP) samples of the next batch of its ‘N’ gauge ‘Desiro’ four-car Electric Multiple Units (EMU) for evaluation.


These latest arrivals for scrutiny include the new ‘N’ gauge Graham Farish Class 450 EMU in South West Trains (SWT) colours, together with a new version of the company’s Class 350 EMU, set to appear in First TransPennine Express livery for the first time.


Bachmann’s new ‘N’ gauge Class 450 is finished as SWT ‘Desiro’ 450073 displaying Portsmouth and Southsea destinations (371-725) and will be the first example of the third rail DC variant of the ‘Desiro’ family in the scale. Now part of the South Western Railway fleet, the Class 450 ‘Desiros’ entered service with South West Trains in 2004, replacing former British Rail slam door EMUs on routes radiating from London Waterloo towards the South Coast.


Bachmann’s next release of the Class 350 AC EMU, will represent unit 350407 in First TransPennine Express’ striking colour scheme. The small fleet of ten Class 350/4 units were first introduced in 2013 for use on services between Liverpool, Manchester and Scotland. These have since been transferred to London Northwestern Railway following the arrival of new Class 397 ‘Nova 2’ EMUs for use on the routes from late 2019.


Following evaluation by Bachmann’s development team, the models are expected to progress to the next stage shortly. Release is anticipated in early 2024.

Prices are set at £394.95 per four car set.

Bachmann has also advised that following the discovery that the third rail shoe beam on the Network SouthEast and Thameslink examples of its ‘N’ gauge Class 319 was missing and that the TSOL vehicle of the Thameslink model had been incorrectly moulded, replacement parts are now available.

These will be supplied free of charge to customers who have previously purchased either of these models. 

To claim a replacement bogie (for the Network SouthEast model - Cat No. 372-875) or bogie and bodyshell (for the Thameslink model – Cat No. 372-876), customers should contact the Bachmann Service Department by emailing: or by post: Service Department – Bachmann Europe Plc, Moat Way, Barwell, Leicestershire, LE9 8EY.

All claims should include a proof of purchase and specify the name and address to which the replacement parts should be sent.

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