In this blog i will only give my thoughts on the locomotives as this will save time, if i decide to give my thoughts on the rolling stock and other things too than that will be a separate blog.
Warning: The opinions in this blog are solely that of my own
Bachmann have also announced more Midland 1Fs despite the fact they were first released last year, they will be in three liveries. LMS Black without cab, BR 1948 Black without cab and BR Black Early Emblem with cab. I still don't plan on getting one of these as they are not by all means my cup of tea, i don't hate the class or dislike it i am just not wild on it.
They will not only have the new upgraded chassis fitted to them last time they were released but they will have a brand new retooled body shell, Bachmann's older tooling isn't without its flaws and is far from perfect but this time hopefully we will get the long waited improved and better model of this locomotive. Yes i shall be getting one of these to replace my older tooling of the V2 model i have.
Bachmann will also bring out two Johnson 3F's. Not gonna say the liveries this time and won't keep saying them here,have no plans to get a Johnson 3F but from what i here they are said to be stunning models.
Two of Bachmann's LNER J39's will make a return to Bachmann's range after some years of absence from the catalogue.Here are BR Black Early Emblem and LNER Black versions. I won't get either as i already own one though one of the older models in LNER Black but regardless tooling ain't much different only none NEM couplings and no sprung buffers on the older model as well as no drawbar tender connector. Regardless they are both good models (in my opinion)
Bachmann will bring out two of their excellent 4F models, one in LMS Black and another in BR Black with weathering. I own an LMS Black model and it is stunning if you ain't got one you are missing out!
It isn't just the J39's that have been absent in the catalogue for a while as the LMS Crabs here haven't been in a range for a few years now. I own an LMS Crab in the beautiful LMS Maroon as you know and i think that livery is better than both here but if you haven't got one than you won't be disappointed.
The LNER K3's have also been absent from the catalogue for a few years and will return in 2015/16 in both LNER Black and BR Black. I own a Doncaster Green variant and its a brilliant model so i will not be needing to get another K3. They will go great on any layout.
Bachmann's Standard 4MT Tanks will be returning to the range. I plan to purchase one in the BR Brunswick Green livery for this will go great and look stunning with the Standard 3MT Tank in the same livery i have.
Two Bachmann Deltic's have made it into the range too. There is the BR Blue version with weathering and White cab roofs and is to be produced as PINZA. The BR Green version with White cab roofs is produced as St Paddy released once upon a time in the BR Blue livery and is now available in this livery. They are great models and compared to the old Lima models they come out on top.
Next we have two Bachmann A1's being the original ones of course. Their is 60122 Curlew in BR Express Blue and 60117 in Apple Green. Bachmann it seems have decided to release 60117 without the nameplates on the smoke deflectors. 60117 was named Bois Roussel and so it confuses me why it is being released without the name because otherwise those wishing to own it will need to buy some nameplates for it elsewhere however changes are not unlikely as Bachmann have announced a Deltic as pristine before and when released it was weathered and some models have had different running numbers than what they were originally announced as. They may not change this but still.
Bachmann will also re release Two Ivatt class 4 Flying Pigs i own one in the LMS Black livery as shown above and ironically is numbered 3001 being one number off the one numbered as 3000 as shown above. One thing to point out the close tender connection does cause some issue going round bends due to the tender back cab however they are still great models.
One of Bachmann's 9F's will be released in BR Black with weathering, if you don't own one then you need to own one, their haulage capability is truly mind blowing.
I am not a big fan on the class 66's but Bachmann are to release two new class 66 models. One above in the FreightLiner PowerHaul liver and the bottom one in DRS Blue in a different style though. They will both not only please fans of the Sheds (their nickname) but those modelling the modern era.
Now we move onto new tooling models which Bachmann have announced three new models to the rnage and catalogue.
Firstly we have the GWR 9400 Pannier Tank. Three versions will be made available one in GWR Green and the latter two in BR Black. It wasn't surprising to see Bachmann announce them as they have made the 5700,8750 and 6400 Panniers so it was only a matter of time before they would make these. They have been on the market previously when Lima produced some but they weren't brilliant models to say the least so these will be better and will fill a gap in the market in terms of Pannier Tanks.
I shall get one, possibly in GWR Green or BR Black i don't know yet i will wait for however long it takes to release them before deciding though i do have eyes set on the GWR Green version.
Then their is the LNWR Coal Webb Tank. Three versions will be done. LNWR Plain Black, LMS Black and BR Black Early Emblem. I have no plans to get one of these as i am not a big fan on this class but it looks very grand considering its an old fashioned style locomotive. It has however been able to fill a hole in the market as locos like this are a missing link in it.
Then there was a third announcement which took me and i dare say others by a hell of a surprise
Plus if you ain't modelling the Underground others can easily replicate the 7X09 Tube stock drags with the class 20s using these units and Bachmann's class 20 models. That would look bloody brilliant on a layout. The possibilities these models have will be endless.
So that is all for now. I'll see you in the next blog