Bachmann Open Day update
The forthcoming Standard Five 4-6-0 represents the start of a whole new line of Farish steam locos and uses a coreless loco-mounted motor in a heavy split metal block, giving the model comparable weight to one with a metal body. Bushed axle mountings also serve as pick ups in a similar manner to that seen on some Japanese and American steam locos.
The tender has all wheel pickup and has little dead weight to reduce the loco’s haulage. It is fully detailed internally, but also has space for DCC fittings for which there is a four-wired connection to the loco separate from the draw bar. There are three different tender body types each with its own detachable coal load.
Smaller wagons will be sold in boxed sets of three vehicles, with different running numbers, and in some cases weathering effects. Pressflows, PCAs, ‘Eastern’ vans, etc were displayed in sets of three.
Fully painted 101 DMUs were in abundance including the Express parcels two car set. As this uses two DMBS units, it unusually feature two powered cars.
The much awaited buses in the Scenecraft range are closer to release with more livery options on display. These are very neat models moulded in plastic with inset glazing and compare favourably with anything similar on the market.
Other items worth noting were the 13t open wagons, Mk3 sleeper, Mk1 GUV, BG, RMB and BCK, and later type containers for the Conflat wagons, whilst the A1 and 03 shunter move ever closer to production
A fuller report and photographs of some of the models are available in our N Gauge Trade News section.