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The British Rail Class 37 is a favourite among enthusiasts and modellers alike and, having been a firm fixture in the Bachmann Branchline OO scale range for many years, in 2022 an all-new model of this iconic locomotive was launched. Built to unprecedented levels of accuracy and fidelity, the new Branchline model incorporates the latest technology and shares many common features and specifications with the award winning Bachmann Branchline Class 47. Here we have a model depicting the BR Engineer’s machine No. 37201 ‘Saint Margaret’ in their Grey and Yellow colour scheme which is supplied with SOUND FITTED.
Following in the footsteps of the Class 47, our all-new OO scale Class 37 has been designed from the rails up to ensure this classic locomotive is modelled in all its glory. With high fidelity mouldings, numerous separately fitted parts and countless tooling variations to capture the minutiae of the real locomotives throughout their lives, our new 37 is brought to life with an exquisite livery application using true-to-prototype colours, fonts and logos. Along with an exceptional array of lighting features, our Dual Fitted speaker system is fitted to all models – bringing this SOUND FITTED model to life. For the ultimate experience, choose one of our award-winning SOUND FITTED DELUXE models with their motorised radiator fan and authentic tinted windscreen glazing!
DETAIL VARIATIONS SPECIFIC TO THIS MODEL
BACHMANN BRANCHLINE CLASS 37 SPECIFICATION
F0 - Directional Lights - On / Off (plus Light Switch Sound)
F1 - On - Warm Engine Start / On, Off - Failed Engine Start / On, Off, On, Off, On - Cold Engine Start
F2 - Brake
F3 - Single Horn (Playable)
F4 - Double Horn
F5 - Light Engine Mode
F6 - Coasting (Manual notch Down if F22 On)
F7 - Speed Lock
F8 - On - Sound Fade Out / Off - Sound Fade In
F9 - Flange Squeal (Speed Related)
F10* - Fan Noise
F11 - Buffer Up
F12 - Coupling
F13 - Stationary - Guard’s Whistle / Moving - Detonators
F14 - Wagon Snatching & Buffering (Speed Related)
F15 - High Intensity Light (If Fitted)
F16 - Red Tail Lights On Both Ends (Non Directional)
F17 - Marker Lights On Both Ends (Non Directional)
F18 - Cab Light On - No. 1 End (Fan)
F19 - Cab Light On - No. 2 End (non-Fan)
F20 - No. 1 End Directional Lights Off
F21 - No. 2 End Directional Lights Off
F22 - Compressor
F23 - Windscreen Wipers
F24 - Engine Room Lights
F25 - Spirax Valve
F26 - Shunt Mode
F27 - Volume Down
F28 - Volume Up
* Fan Sounds play as part of the Sound Project with F1 On. F10 allows you to override this and activate on demand (not applicable to Sound Project 1 - Class 37/0s as-built)
Analogue Users: Please note that normal load running sounds and any other automatic or randomised sounds will also operate when this model is used on analogue control (DC) straight from the box!
CLASS 37 HISTORY
The British Rail 1955 Modernisation Plan paved the way for the large-scale replacement of steam traction with diesel locomotives, and one of the most successful diesel locomotive designs to result from this was the English Electric Type 3. These 1,700hp Types 3 diesel-electric locomotives were built at English Electric’s Vulcan Foundry and by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns between 1960 and 1965, with 309 examples produced in total. When TOPS was implemented the type was designated Class 37.
The class proved popular with railwaymen and so in 1985, a major refurbishment programme for the Class 37 locomotives was sanctioned to extend the working lives of 135 locomotives. Features of the refurbishment involved plating over the four-character head codes and sealing off the nose end communication doors. Dedicated freight locomotives received lower gearing to increase the tractive effort, and some were fitted with extra ballast or even more powerful engines. A new subclass was created for locomotives refurbished with Electric Train Heating (ETH) equipment, allowing their use on passenger trains the whole year-round.
With the sectorisation of British Rail taking hold in the early-1980s, the locomotives returned to traffic following refurbishment in a wide and diverse range of liveries. Passenger machines appeared in BR Blue Large Logo, InterCity and Regional Railways schemes to name just three, whilst freight engines received numerous varieties of Railfreight livery, Transrail, Mainline and Loadhaul. The Class continued to be widely used into the Privatisation-era, with examples operating for the likes of EWS, DRS, West Coast Railways and Colas, whilst others have received ‘retro’ heritage repaints.
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