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Bachmann Branchline

Bachmann Branchline is a British 00 gauge model railway manufacturer. It is a brand name of Bachmann Industries used for British outline 00 scale model railways.

U.K. prototype model of a 00 scale (1:76) British Rail Class 25 shown with an 18mm-five pence coin for scale

Bachmann, a US company founded in 1835, was purchased by Kader Industries in 1987. Kader had previously produced models for Palitoy under the 'Mainline' brand. Palitoy required its manufacturers to produce and retain ownership of the toolings and Kader had used the toolings and added new ones for models commissioned by Replica Railways following the demise of Mainline.

Kader formed Bachmann Industries Europe in 1989 with their main UK headquarters in Moat Way, Barwell, and the following year launched the Bachmann Branchline range for the British market with the moulds that had previously been used for Mainline and Replica. From this starting point Bachmann has developed the range further and now produce a large range of models competing in particular with Hornby.

In 2000 Bachmann Branchline bought Graham Farish, an N gauge manufacturer, and since then many of their models have been made available in both gauges.

Items

Bachmann are known for their consistent quality of model trains[]. Many of their trains include NEM pockets, making it possible to replace standard tension lock coupling with close couplings such as Kadees.

Models produced

The following models have been produced, or announced by Bachmann Branchlines:

Diesel locomotives

Class Liveries Notes[1]
03 "Flowerpot" BR Plain Green, BR Green & Wasp Stripes, BR Blue, NCB Black Special Edition models in Network SouthEast and WAGN liveries. DCC Ready (6 Pin)
04 BR Black, BR Green, BR Blue No longer produced as of Jan 2020
08 "Gronk" BR Black, BR Green, BR Blue, EWS, Freightliner, First Great Western (limited edition of 512) Later models Digital Command Control (DCC) ready. Formerly available in LMR blue.
20 "Chopper" BR Green, BR Blue, DRS, Harry Needle Railroad Company, Waterman Railways (collectors club limited edition).GB Railfreight DCC Sound version available
24 "Rat" BR Green, BR Blue DCC ready. DCC Sound version available. Post 2008 versions features directional lighting and 21 pin DCC socket.
25 "Rat" BR Green, BR Two Tone Green, BR Blue DCC ready. Post 2008 version features directional lighting and 21 pin DCC socket. DCC Sound version available.
37 "Tractor" BR Blue Large Logo, BR Green (collectors club limited edition), Civil Engineers, Coal Sector, Intercity Mainline, Trans-Rail, EWS, Direct Rail Services (commissioned limited editions), DB Schenker (limited edition of 504). New revised version released summer 2007; all versions now DCC ready. First DCC Sound versions released spring 2008 as "Coed Bach" in Coal sector livery and "Viking" in BR Large Logo Blue.
40 "Whistler" BR Green, BR Blue Post 2015 models DCC Ready. DCC Sound versions available
42 "Warship" BR Maroon, BR Blue, BR Green (As of Jan 2020) Old Mainline Model replaced in 2015 with brand new tooling
44 "Peak" BR Green Post 2015 models DCC Ready. DCC Sound versions available
45 "Peak" BR Green, BR Blue With White Roof No longer produced as of Jan 2020
46 "Peak" BR Blue Post 2015 models DCC Ready. DCC Sound versions available
47 Two Tone Green, BR Blue, InterCity Swallow - Windsor Castle (limited edition of 500), BR Great Western 150 Green - G J Churchward (limited edition), First Great Western Heritage two-tone Green - Abertawe Landore (limited edition) Released July/August 2007 - DCC Sound version available
55 "Deltic" BR Two Tone Green, BR Blue DCC Sound version available
57 "Body Snatcher" Freightliner, First Great Western, Virgin Trains, Porterbrook (collectors club limited edition), Direct Rail Services, West Coast Railways (Model Rail limited edition), Arriva Trains Wales, Network Rail DCC ready. DCC Sound version available.
66 "Shed" EWS, Direct Rail Services, Freightliner, GB Railfreight, Stobart Rail, DB Schenker, Fastline (limited edition of 504). DCC Sound and DCC onboard versions available, others DCC ready (recent models are fitted with a 21-pin socket rather than the 8-pin one found in earlier models). 66/9 variant released in Direct Rail Services and Freightliner liveries.
70 "PowerHaul" Freightliner PowerHaul DCC ready, fitted with a 21-pin socket.
D16/1 "LMS 10000" BR Black (Early Emblem) DCC ready, New Model for 2020

Electric locomotives

Class Liveries Notes
85 "AL 5" BR Electric Blue With White Roof, BR Blue DCC ready, fitted with a 21-pin socket.
90 BR Intercity Swallow, BR Railfreight Grey, Freightliner Green "Powerhaul". DCC ready, fitted with a 21-pin socket.

Diesel multiple units

Class Liveries Notes[1] Train Operators
101 BR White and Blue, Network SouthEast DCC Ready (Network SouthEast model fitted with DCC Sound from factory) At present only 2 car units available.
105 BR Green with Speed Whiskers, BR Green Yellow Warning Panels, BR Blue/Grey Announced 2008, released Autumn 2010. DCC Ready (8 pin socket, two decoders required).
108 BR Green with Speed Whiskers, BR Green Yellow Warning Panels, BR Blue/Grey, BR Blue (limited edition of 504), Network SouthEast, BR Greater Manchester PTE White/Blue, Strathclyde PTE Orange (limited edition of 510) DCC Ready (8 pin socket, two decoders required). Two and three car variants available.
117 BR Green with Speed Whiskers, BR Blue/Grey, Network SouthEast DCC Ready.
121 BR Green with Speed Whiskers, BR Blue/Grey, Network SouthEast DCC Ready.
150 - "Sprinter" First North Western, Centro, Arriva Trains Wales, Regional Railways, Provincial 'Sprinter' (bundled only with Dynamis Starter Set), Merseyrail (limited edition of 504), Silverlink (Bachmann Collectors Club limited edition of 504), Provincial revised livery (limited edition of 504), ScotRail 'swoosh' (limited edition of 500). Released around May 2009. DCC ready (21 pin socket, one decoder required). Arriva Trains Wales
Regional Railways
Central Trains
Merseyrail
Northern Rail
158 - "Express Sprinter" Regional Railways, Regional Railways EXPRESS, West Yorkshire PTE, Alphaline Wales & West, Central Trains, First North Western, Northern Spirit, Alphaline Wessex Trains, ScotRail, Northern Rail, First TransPennine Express, First ScotRail former ScotRail 'swoosh' livery, First ScotRail 'Barbie' livery (limited edition of 504, full production version due 2009), Arriva Trains Wales, Iarnród Éireann as an Irish Rail Class 2700 DMU (exclusive to train set) Two and Three car units available
159 - "South Western Turbo" Network SouthEast, Stagecoach South West Trains NSE variant, South West Trains Network SouthEast is only livery currently available new.
166 - "Network Express Turbo" Network SouthEast, Thames Trains, First Great Western Link, First Great Western 2006 'neon'
168 - "Clubman" Chiltern Railways Utilises the Class 170 tooling. No alterations have been made to portray the differences between a Class 170 and 168.
170 - "Turbostar" Central Trains, Midland Mainline, South West Trains, ScotRail, First ScotRail, One, CrossCountry, London Midland, ScotRail Saltire Two and three car units available. The models cab fronts are based on original style Turbostars with smaller light clusters. A First TransPennine Express model was advertised in the 2008 range and was to have been the first 170 to come with a DCC chip pre-fitted, however it has been dropped from the range.
171 - "Turbostar" Southern (2 x limited editions of 504) Utilises the Class 170 tooling. Second weathered limited edition was advertised as a 170 portraying the unit before it was reclassified to class 171 but was delivered as 171724. No alterations have been made to portray the differences between a Class 170 and 171 except the side destinations displays. This was exclusive to Modelzone.
205 - "Thumper" BR Green with small yellow panels, BR Blue, Network South East, (Kernow Model Centre editions included: Connex South Eastern, BR Blue & Grey and BR Green (With warning V) liveries) Originally released in 2012 exclusive to Kernow Model Centre but as of 2020 part of main range.
220 - "Voyager" Virgin CrossCountry, CrossCountry
221 - "Super Voyager" Virgin Trains, CrossCountry Tilting train.
MPV Railtrack, Network Rail Announced 2008, released 2011. DCC on board and DCC Ready (21 pin socket, one decoder required).
251/261 - "Blue Pullman" Midland Pullman, BR Blue and Grey Announced mid-2010. DCC on board. DCC Sound version available. Western region modified sets also available.
British Rail Derby Lightweight BR Green with Speed Whiskers, BR Green with Yellow Warning Panels, BR Blue. Announced 2010, released November 2011. DCC Ready (8 pin socket, two decoders required).

Electric multiple units

Class Liveries Notes[1]
350 "Desiro" Silverlink unbranded blue/grey (Apollo), London Midland Announced at 2010 Model Rail Scotland; officially announced for 2010. Unbranded blue/grey model released November 2011. DCC Ready (21-pin socket). London Midland models delayed by half a year.
411 "4-CEP" BR Green, BR Green with yellow warning panels, BR Blue/Grey Announced at 2006 Bachmann trade show; officially announced for 2007; released early December 2009. DCC Ready (21 pin socket, one decoder required). Model is of the units in their unrefurbished form.
412 "4-BEP" BR Green, BR Blue/Grey Due for release 2020; DCC Ready (21 pin socket), Model is of the units in unrefurbished form.
414 "2-HAP" BR Green, Network South East Due for release 2020; DCC Ready (21 pin socket)
416 "2-EPB" BR Green, BR Green with yellow warning panels, BR Blue/Grey Announced at 2009 Warley show; officially announced for 2009; released 2011. DCC Ready (21 pin socket, one decoder required).

Steam Locomotives

Class Liveries
Midland Railway 1252 Class BR Black, LMS Black and Midland Railway Maroon DCC Ready
Midland Railway 1377 Class BR Black, LMS Black DCC Ready
LMS Fairburn 2-6-4T BR Black, LMS Black, Caledonian Railway Blue DCC Ready
LB&SCR E4 Class LBSCR Brown, SR Green and BR Black DCC Ready
GWR 9400 Class BR Black and GWR Green DCC Ready
LB&SCR H2 class SR Green and BR Black DCC Ready
GWR 6400 Class GWR Green, BR Black and BR Green DCC Ready
LMS Stanier Mogul LMS Black and BR Black DCC Ready
LNER Class D11 GCR Green, LNER Green, LNER Black and BR Black DCC Ready
LNER Class O4 GWR 3000 Class ROD 2-8-0 GCR Black, LNWR Black, ROD Black, LNER Black, BR Black (Early Emblem and Late Crest) and GWR Green DCC Ready
S&DJR Class 7F SDJR Blue and BR Black DCC Ready
Midland Railway 3835 Class LMS Black and BR Black DCC Ready
GWR 5700 Class GWR Green, London Transport Maroon, GGMSWR Ochre and BR Black DCC Ready
Midland Railway 1000 Class MR Maroon, LMS Black and BR Black DCC Ready
SR USA Class USATC Black, SR Black, BR Black, Longmoor Military Railway Blue, National Coal Board Black, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Ochre and BR Green. Model Rail Exclusive DCC Ready
GWR 3700 Class GWR Green Limited Edition of 3440 City of Truro. DCC Ready
GWR 4900 Class GWR Green, BR Green/Black DCC Ready
GWR Dukedog Class GWR Green and BR Black DCC Ready
GWR 2251 Class GWR Green, BR Green/Black DCC Ready. Originally a Mainline model. Revised version introduced with a new chassis design and improved body tooling.
LMS Jubilee Class BR Green, LMS Maroon DCC Sound version available DCC Ready, On Board
LMS Parallel Boiler Scot BR Green, LMS Maroon See LMS Royal Scot Class
L&YR Class 5 L&YR Black, LMS Maroon, LMS Black and BR Black DCC Ready
LNWR Webb Coal Tank LNWR Black, LMS Black, BR Black DCC Ready
LNWR Class G2 BR Black, LMS Black DCC Ready, On Board
LMS Rebuilt Royal Scot Class BR Green, LMS Maroon DCC Ready, On Board
LMS Patriot Class BR Green, LMS Maroon DCC Ready, On Board
LMS Hughes Crab BR Black, LMS Maroon DCC Ready
LMS Fowler Class 3F BR Black DCC On Board
Midland Railway Johnson 0-6-0 BR Black DCC Ready
LMS Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0 BR Green, BR Black, LMS Black DCC Ready
LMS Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2T BR Black, LMS Black, BR Maroon DCC Ready
LMS Ivatt Class 4 4-6-0 BR Black, LMS DCC Ready
LNER Class V2 BR Black, BR Green, LNER Green 4771 Green Arrow in LNER Doncaster Green - Part of National Collection.
LNER Class V1/V3 BR Black, BR Apple Green, LNER Green, LNER Black
LNER Thompson Class B1 BR Black, LNER Green, LNER Black
LNER J72 Tank (NER Class E1) BR Black, LNER Green, LNER Black and NER Green
LNER Class J39 BR Black, LNER Black
LNER Class A4 BR Blue, LNER, BR Green 60019 Bittern Body inherited from Brish Trix/Lilliput when Kader acquired the Lilliput range[1]. Hornby produces competitive models.
LNER Class K3 BR Black, LNER Black, LNER Green See GNR Class H4 DCC Ready
LNER Peppercorn Class A1 BR Apple Green, BR Blue, BR Brunswick Green, LNER Green 60163 Tornado released in BR Apple Green 2009/2010 DCC Ready
LNER Peppercorn Class A2 BR Apple Green, BR Brunswick Green (Early Emblem & Late Crest), LNER Green 60532 Blue Peter produced during production run. DCC Ready
BR WD Austerity 2-8-0 Br Black
BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4T BR Black DCC Ready, On Board
BR Standard Class 9F BR Black DCC Ready
BR Standard Class 4 2-6-0 BR Black DCC Ready, On Board
BR Standard Class 5MT BR Black, BR Green DCC Ready
BR Standard Class 3 2-6-2T BR Black, BR Green DCC Ready. Released late 2009/2010
GNR Class C1 (large boiler) GNR Green, LNER Green and BR Black DCC Ready
ROD 2-8-0 ROD Black and LNWR Black DCC Ready
LB&SCR H1 class LB&SCR Brown and SR Green DCC Ready
Caledonian Railway 812 and 652 Classes Caledonian Railway Blue, LMS Black and BR Black DCC Ready
NER Class O NER Green, LNER Green, LNER Black and BR Black DCC Ready

OO9 Gauge Steam Locomotives

Class Liveries
Baldwin Class 10-12-D ROD Black, WHR Black, ALR Crimson and ALR Black, WHR Maroon, GVR Black, SDR Black & SR Green DCC Ready
Dinorwic Alice Class Blue, Red, Black & Green DCC Ready

Rivals

  • Hornby Railways - Bachmann and Hornby are the two largest OO manufacturers
  • Dapol - Produce wagons in OO
  • Heljan - Produce a number of locomotives and wagons
  • Vi Trains - Recently started producing OO locomotives

References

[1] See articles in 'Model Railway Enthusiast', 1999-2000.

External links


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