Nearly 500 new items have been announced across Bachmann’s Branchline and Graham Farish model railway ranges in its 2019 catalogue. The new catalogue launched on January 14 at an event in London with highlights including a new ‘OO9’ diesel shunter and a suite of RNAD wagons, the HKA hopper in ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauges plus rise in the amount of Sound Fitted locomotives being produced in its ‘OO’ gauge range.
The new narrow gauge diesel locomotive models the Baguley-Drewry 70hp four-wheel shunter with a choice of Royal Navy Armaments Depot (RNAD) yellow and plain green liveries being offered. It is to be joined by new versions of the Baldwin 4-6-0T as well as a new batch of covered bogie vans and open wagons using the 2018 released models. Also new for narrow gauge are a selection of RNAD wagons with four-wheel chassis. These will cover a three-plank open wagon, a flat wagon with planked ends, a flat wagon without ends, a box van and two versions of a brake van modelling enclosed and open designs.
Completing the narrow gauge collection for 2019 is a set of slate buildings to go with the Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST and soon to be released four-wheel slate wagons. The range, produced by Scenecraft, contains a coal store, water tower, engine shed, workers cottage, footbridge, walling, a tunnel portal and more.
The National Power HKA hopper is being produced as a new addition to the ‘OO’ gauge range in National Power colours as well as DB Schenker red. The wagon models the vehicles in their more recent format following replacement of the original bogies.
In ‘N’ gauge the new HKA bogie hopper will be released in the same liveries as the ‘OO’ gauge version while it is also being joined by a newly tooled model of the ‘Parrot’ bogie wagon in War Department grey and LMS grey.
2019 is to see a significant increase in the availability of Sound fitted models in both Bachmann’s Branchline ‘OO’ and Graham Farish ‘N’ gauge ranges. In ‘OO’ there will be new sound models of the LMS ‘Jubilee’ and ‘Patriot’ 4-6-0s on the steam side together with new Class 37s, 40s, 45/46s, 47s, 55s, 57s and 66s – all of which will be available without sound DCC ready as well. The new range also sees the return of the Derby Lightweight and Class 108 DMUs, the Class 419 MLV, the Class 205 DEMU and 4-CEP EMU. Returning steam locomotives with new identities include the LMS ‘4P’ Compound 4-4-0, BR ‘4MT’ 2-6-0, LMS Fairburn 2-6-4T and GWR ’57XX’/’8750′ 0-6-0PTs.
In ‘OO’ gauge the LNER ‘J39’ 0-6-0 and Midland ‘4F’ 0-6-0 are returning while the Maunsell ‘N’ 2-6-0 and BR ‘5MT’ 4-6-0 are being modified to create sound ready tender chassis. The Class 14 diesel is to receive a Next18 decoder socket – its first time as a DCC ready model – as well as a Sound Fitted option while 2019 will also see a new batch of ‘Warships’ produced. New liveries will be applied to the Class 37, 40, 66, 60 (plus sound version), Class 101 and 150/2 DMUs. The Class 220 Voyager will also be returning in original Virgin Trains and CrossCountry colours.
Bachmann also revealed its plans for delivery of existing projects during 2019. In ‘OO’ gauge it expects to release the Class 90 and LMS ‘Porthole’ stock in BR maroon together with a second batch of ‘OO9’ covered wagons in the first quarter of the year with the ‘Warflat’, ‘Parrot’, ‘OO9’ slate and ‘OO9’ bogie open wagons plus the LNER ‘J72’ 0-6-0T and ROD 2-8-0 due to follow in the second quarter. In the third quarter of 2019 it is planning to release the 45ton Ransomes and Rapier breakdown crane, SECR ‘Birdcage’ stock in Wellington Brown and SR Malachite green with three new versions of the Baldwin 4-6-0T for ‘OO9. The fourth quarter is to see an extensive list of new tool projects delivered consisting of the Class 24, Class 158 and 159, Class 414 2-HAP EMU, Class 117 and 121 DMUs.
In ‘N’ gauge quarter one is to see the SECR ‘Birdcage’ stock arrive followed by the SECR ‘C’ 0-6-0 and TEAM 100tonne tankers in the second quarter. Quarter three should see the Class 70/8 and BR Mk 2f stock arrive in ‘N’ followed by the Stanier ‘8F’ 2-8-0 and Thompson carriages in the fourth quarter of the year.
For more detail on Bachmann’s 2019 catalogue launch read our full report in HM141, March 2019, on sale from February 7 2019. Each issue will come with a free 56 page Bachmann Scenecraft catalogue too.