01 December 2022
Engineering prototypes displayed of Bachmann Europe's first diesel-outline locomotive, alongside rolling stock for the scale, too.
Entering the Bachmann stand at Warley show, we were given access to photograph a sample of its forthcoming Baguley-Drewry 0-4-0 for its OO9 Narrow Gauge range. Seen in its undecorated engineering prototype stage for the first time, samples were placed alongside a display of its soon-to-be-released Royal Naval Armaments Depot (RNAD) rolling stock.
Bachmann's Europe's Baguley-Drewry 0-4-0 locomotive should be one of great interest to OO9 modellers, not least because it represents the manufacturer's first non steam-outline model for the scale, of a prototype that was built in the early 1980s, placing it firmly in the – now almost comically vague – 'modern image' category. Models will feature a six-pin DCC decoder socket and NEM coupling pockets.
Engine compartment side louvres looked very respectable, while interior detail could be seen through the spacious windows of the cab.
Constructed by Baguley-Drewry in the early 1980s for use on the network of narrow gauge lines operated by the RNAD (Royal Naval Armaments Depot) these locomotives bolstered its existing fleet of elderly locomotives.
The 0-4-0 locomotives worked trains carrying explosives and sundries between the standard gauge exchange sheds and hidden storage locations. As the MoD consolidated operations, some depots were closed and the redundant locomotives and rolling stock was either moved to other locations or sold off, allowing some of the locomotives to enter preservation, now carrying different liveries and names.
Also shown were decorated samples of its RNAD rolling stock, too...
Decorated sample of (393-100) RNAD enclosed-end brake van in RNAD grey.
Decorated sample of (393-125) RNAD van in RNAD grey.
The Bachmann Narrow Gauge rolling stock models for OO9 will feature NEM coupling pockets, with examples of wagons in both RNAD and private use being modelled.
Display of forthcoming Bachmann Europe range for OO9, with livery artwork above.
For further details on the forthcoming range of Bachmann Europe Narrow Gauge products, visit the Bachmann website, or for pricing and availability, consult your local stockist.