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44-500Y Bachmann Scenecraft Holmans Compressor Twin Pack
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44-500Y Bachmann Scenecraft Holmans Compressor Twin Pack. Exclusive to Kernow Model Rail Centre.
In 1968, The CompAir brand was the product of a merger between Holman Brothers (Camborne, Cornwall) and BroomWade (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire). Initially, both companies continued to trade and manufacture product from their respective locations. The merger did bring one significant difference, new product was developed on a shared basis. The cost of “high investment” items, such as chassis and canopies were shared between the two companies, hence both companies product looking very similar. Beneath the surface, the compressors may have been technically different in order to satisfy different customers and markets.
The operation of two almost identical companies couldn’t last. Sometime in 1981, it was decided Holman and BroomWade would be brought together in Camborne. By 1983, the move had been completed and the BroomWade High Wycombe factory was closed. Around this time the rail operations go out of use at Camborne.
We wish to thank James Eccleston for his help and assistance with this model. At Warley in 2014 we happened to have a sample of this model. We had not announced it and it was lurking at the back of the cabinet unnoticed by most people.
James spotted it immediately and in conversation we mentioned the difficulty of getting the markings correct. James had all of the information we needed and sent a comprehensive file to us. In James' own words "I hope very much, you go forward with this project, as my father (Tom Eccleston) was the Chief Engineer at High Wycombe, and then Chief Engineer at Camborne until its closure in 2002/3, these machines have been a very significant part of my life."
The compressors were exported all over the world and should certainly be suitable for any layout set between the 1970s and 1990s.
Courtesy and Copyright of Andy Kirkham, a pair of compressors are shown loaded outside Holman's on the Roskear branch, with Class 45/1 Diesel Locomotive number 45 111 named "Grenadier Guardsman" backing in to collect them. 6th April 1974