Bachmann 2015 Range

Yesterday Bachmann announced it’s UK 2015 range. Graham Hubbard, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc, had this to say:

“as a company we continue to meet new challenges. Our parent company, Kader Industries, has faced a major reorganisation which involved transferring plant and production from a former factory into the main Kader complex. Faced with continuing price rises across the board, we have taken some difficult decisions but will continue to produce top quality products to meet the increasing demands of railway modellers”

You’ll notice the list bellow is a fairly modest one. Bachmann have admitted and acknowledged that they needed to focus on consolidating all it’s previously proposed releases – Some of which we are still waiting to see working prototypes of – The OO Class 90, proposed last year for example.

Nevertheless there are some nice additions to the range which will no doubt get modelers excited. Under the Graham Farish N Gauge brand, Bachmann have added a Class 20 twin pack in Hunslet Weed Killer livery. They’ve also released the accompanying adapted MK1’s and TTA tankers (sold separately) to complete the full formation.

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Image by Bachmann

Bachmann have also announced a special edition version of it’s ever popular Midland Pullman train. The set will also feature a pack of stewards and train crew figures, reproduction menu card and a first edition copy of the latest Blue Pullman book by Kevin Robertson. All marvelously presented in one of Bachmanns new artwork-print boxes. If it’s anything like the special edition Railway Children pack recently reviewed on IC82’s YouTube channel this will certainly be a sought after and impressive set.

Other highlights of the announcement include Ransomes & Rapier Steam Cranes, DCC J32s, a Freightliner Class 70 and a SouthWest Trains Class 350 Desiro. Damn and blast! Why won’t they do a First TransPennine version?! 

For the definitive list of announcements (including the Scenecraft range) I thoroughly recommend a visit to this RMWeb post. It also features a full list of re-releases of existing items and details of where in the development process Bachmann are with their previous 2014 announcements!

Cover Image from Bachmann.

Side Tracked: Stock Cascading & Lazy Journalism

Last night I became mildly enraged as a colleague showed me a report from BBC North West Tonight. The report detailed how First Trans-Pennine would be losing 10 of it’s trains to Chiltern Railways in the South of England. Unfortunately for the usual boring legal reasons I can’t post a clip of the report on this site, but if you’re quick you can watch it on iPlayer here. If you’ve missed the boat then there’s a cut down version on the BBC website here.

“First TransPennine Express is already the most overcrowded train company in the UK and will now lose 13% of its train units.” the report quotes exceptionally misguided John Owen from TravelWatch North West along side such scaremongering lines such as: “North Loses Again”, “outrageous” that trains will be moved from the North to the South of England” and “This is absolutely unacceptable.”
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