23 July 2022
Kernow Model Rail Centre takes delivery of new exclusives from Bachmann Europe, utilising the manufacturer's latest tooling.
Retailer Kernow Model Rail Centre has received exclusive OO gauge production models from Bachmann Europe, depicting Class 47s. Announced to coiincide with the retailers' attendance at the DEMU showcase event taking place in Sutton Coldfield this weekend, the new models from Bachmann's tooling represent 47003 in BR blue with Stratford grey roof and 47363 Billingham Enterprise in BR Railfreight red stripe livery.
KMRC's exclusive models utilise the all-new Bachmann Class 47 tooling with die-cast chassis block, housing a five-pole, twin-shaft motor with two flywheels providing drive to all axles. Rotating radiator fans are driven by an independent motor and gearbox, operated via a DCC function.
The body includes many separately applied metal detail parts, such as grab handles, windscreen wipers, etched fan grilles and sprung metal buffers. Each model is supplied with a set of decorated, model-specific bufferbeam pipework and accessory parts.
Versions available now are as follows:
(35-411Z) 47/0 47003 in BR blue with ‘Stratford’ grey/silver roof. DCC ready
(35-411ZSF) 47/0 47003 in BR blue with ‘Stratford’ grey/silver roof. DCC sound-fitted
(35-411ZSFX) 47/0 47003 in BR blue with ‘Stratford’ grey/silver roof. DCC sound-fitted deluxe
(35-426Z) 47/3 47363 Billingham Enterprise in BR Railfreight red stripe livery. DCC ready
(35-426ZSF) 47/3 47363 Billingham Enterprise in BR Railfreight red stripe livery. DCC sound-fitted
(35-426ZSFX) 47/3 47363 Billingham Enterprise in BR Railfreight red stripe livery. DCC sound-fitted deluxe
Graham Muspratt, Development Manager said, “The Diesel and Electric Modellers United (DEMU) Showcase exhibition was an ideal event to announce these two new KMRC exclusive edition models that are in stock and available now. The grey/silver roof was a classic ‘Stratford MPD’ embellishment and 47003 could be seen widely across the network from Penzance, East Anglia to Glasgow, while 47363 Billingham Enterprise was a very distinctive member of the class in the BR Railfreight large logo grey livery with its ‘solebar’ red stripe.”
The KMRC exclusive model of 47003 in pristine BR blue livery with Stratford silver roof features the following specific details: glazed headcode panels with dominos, one part buffer beam brackets denoting a Brush-built machine, single arm windscreen wipers, round buffers, full cab roof vents, two louvre radiator grilles, ribbed exhaust panels, spanner boiler roof detail, 1,200 gallon fuel tanks, plated bogie-mounted cab steps, stones speedo drive and a water tank filler.
Its model of 47363 in pristine BR Railfreight grey livery with ‘solebar’ red stripe features a sealed beam headcode panel, one part buffer beam brackets denoting a Brush-built machine, single arm windscreen wipers, round buffers, full cab roof vents, two louvre radiator grilles, smooth exhaust panels, boiler roof detail – blank plate, no water tanks, plated bogie-mounted cab steps, and slow speed speedo drive.
The KMRC Exclusive Class 47s are available in three formats, with standard DCC-ready versions at £239.95 with a Plux22 DCC decoder. The recommended decoder is a Bachmann item (36-570). Sound-fitted models at £339.95, are pre-fitted with an ESU Loksound V5 DCC decoder, while the sound-fitted deluxe format at £369.95 features the new motorised fan system. The sound-fitted deluxe model specification includes tinted windscreen glazing to replicate that seen on the prototype.
Brush Type four, later Class 47 locomotive 47003 was built at the Brush Falcon works and introduced as D1523 on June 12, 1963, and initially allocated to Finsbury Park depot. Under the TOPS numbering system, it was renumbered as 47003 in January, 1974. Spending seven years working out of either Tinsley or Finsbury Park depots, it was first allocated to Stratford depot in February, 1970 and would be a regular at the depot in the 1970s where it gained a grey/silver roof that was originally, and most notably, applied by Stratford MPD; but later also by Eastfield MPD on its 47/7s.
47003 briefly carried the unofficial name Wild Swan from November 29, 1989 while allocated at Tinsley. Entering the ‘Railfreight’ Class 47 reserve fleet in December 1990, and following a period of storage, the locomotive was officially withdrawn in July, 1991 and disposed of a year later.
Meanwhile, 47363 was built at the Brush Falcon works and introduced as D1882 on July 2, 1965. It was initially allocated to Immingham depot, and renumbered as 47363 in the TOPS numbering system in February, 1974. While allocated to Thornaby depot, 47363 was named Billingham Enterprise, on December 6, 1985, at Darlington Station by Paul Marsden, Deputy Chairman of ICI Agriculture.
From October 1990 47363 was allocated to Tinsley Yard and carried the name while in Railfreight grey with large logo, and later from early 1987 with the distinctive red lower stripe, as per this Kernow Exclusive model, until the plates were removed in October 1991.
After a brief spell renumbered as 47385 between July 1994 and October 1995, it was finally withdrawn in November 2007 and cut up at C.F.Booth Rotherham in March, 2010.
For further information, visit the KMRC website, or see its Camborne or Guildford stores.