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Scenecraft models back by popular demand

This year sees the return of some our most popular OO and N scale models to the Scenecraft building range. Our extensive range of fully painted and decorated buildings offers everything you need to take your model railway layout or diorama to the next level.

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One of many Scenecraft models back by demand

Take to the road with the Shoplinker Bus

The newest model from EFE (E31514) depicts a Routemaster, RM 59, registered VLT 59, as it would have appeared in its first few weeks in service as a Shop Linker.

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E31514 model image

Merl Evans 1947 - 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our former Head of Research and Development Merl Evans, who retired from Bachmann in Summer 2014. Merl passed away peacefully early yesterday morning with his family around him. David Haarhaus, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc said today "We are all devastated by the loss of dear Merl. He was a fantastic colleague, eloquent ambassador and more personally a wonderful friend to myself and so many others here at Bachmann. Merl was instrumental in the development of the company's large portfolio of OO Scale locomotives and rolling stock for over 20 years. Our heartfelt sympathies go to Maureen and his family during this very sad and difficult time".

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Above: Merl Evans

Kent Garden Railways awarded Bachmann Retailer of the Year 2015

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that we have awarded Kent Garden Railways the Bachmann Retailer of the Year award.

The business, located in St Mary Cray on the outskirts of Orpington, was started by Andy Cottenham over 20 years ago. His well-established store has a large range of products including Bachmann Branchline, Graham Farish, Scenecraft and Woodland Scenics. As the name suggests, it also specialises in a good selection of the larger garden scales including Bachmann USA, Thomas & Friends Large Scale, Liliput G Scale, Scenecraft G scale and 16mm figures.

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Above from left; Neil Fraser, Andy Cottenham, Tony Lowe

HMS Ark Royal docks at Bachmann

Available this July, we are pleased to present this fantastic model kit of the HMS Ark Royal from Merit International. The HMS Ark Royal was an aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy that served during the Second World War. The design differed to previous aircraft carriers as it was the first ship on which the hangars and the flight deck were integral to the hull, instead of a separate part.

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Above: HMS Ark Royal PKMM65307

Harbourside Scenes with Scenecraft

Many of you will be thinking about taking your Summer holidays soon as the good weather approaches, so how about creating a scene that make memories of a seaside holiday last a little bit longer. Our new video helps advise you on what products you can use to recreate this beautiful diorama scene.

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Keep Calm and Log On

W.Britain is delighted to announce the launch of a dedicated UK Website for W.Britain enthusiasts, collectors and retailers. We have added some extra features on to our W. Britain Collectors Club website after recent feedback from our customers.

Click HEREto view the website and become a member.

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Scenic Accents® from Woodland Scenics

Scenic Accents® figures and accents are a great way to inject humour and personality into your layout. Sculpted in fine detail and hand-painted, the range encompasses a variety of figures, animals and accessories. These economically priced figures are available in N, HO, O and G Scales.

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Bachmann now distributing Proses

We are delighted to announce that we have been appointed British trade distributors for Proses. Proses produce a comprehensive range of accessories, kits and tools to assist modellers with track laying, ballasting and the servicing of model railway products. We feel that these innovative products fit in extremely well with our existing ranges in the Bachmann portfolio.

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Announcement from Kernow

Kernow Model Rail Centre have today announced at the Great Central Railway Model Event that they have commissioned Bachmann to produce the Class 438/Class 491 4TC unit.

In 1966 British Rail began the conversion of Mk1 loco-hauled coaches to create 28 four car Class 438/491 4TC units at British Rail Engineering Limited's York works. A further 3 three car units were converted at the same time - these later gained an additional coach to make a total of 31 four car units. The un-powered units were formed of Driving Trailer Second Open (DTSO), Trailer First Corridor (TFK), Trailer Brake Second Corridor (TBSK) and Driving Trailer Second Open (DTSO), and could be found working in multiple with 4REP EMUs and Class 33/1 Diesel Locomotives as well as Class 73s, 74s and other compatible 1951/57/63 built EMUs.

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Class 438/Class 491 4TC unit

New releases from the Bachmann Collectors Club!

The Bachmann Collectors Club is proud to present the latest limited edition models which are available now - exclusively to club members. The popular Bachmann Branchline OO scale Class 37 appears as No. 37706 in West Coast Railways livery (32-390K) and is joined by a matching twin pack of BR Mk1 Pullman coaches (39-002K). With many great features including working lights on both the locomotive and coaches, begin your own charter train today with our latest models!

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Above: 32-390KCP - OO Scale Class 37 and Coach Pack Bundle

The Midland Pullman Train Packs

Our beautifully presented N and OO scale train packs, featuring the iconic Midland Pullman six-car luxury train, are sure to delight modellers and collectors alike. This complements our previous release as it represents the second of the two trains which provided a luxury service aimed at the business traveler commuting from London to Manchester with a First Class dining service throughout.

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OO Scale Midland Pullman Train Packs
Item No.30-425

What goes into a Graham Farish model?

Have you ever wondered how many parts go into making a Graham Farish model? We have taken a Graham Farish Class 101 3 car dmu and have counted all the components that make up the model and it amounts to a grand total of 458 parts!

But it's not just parts that make up a model, for example, each Class 101 body shell has over 15 different spraying and printing operations to apply the livery. A multitude of bespoke tools and moulding equipment is required in the production of the end product, with the final finishing process being an elaborate process carried out by hand.

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N Scale Class 64xx Production Samples

New in at Bachmann HQ, we are pleased to present photos of the N scale Graham Farish Class 64xx production models. The class could be found on most parts of the GWR system and were fitted for push and pull, to allow for use with auto trailers. Please look out for the forthcoming Hawksworth designed Auto Trailers from Graham Farish (374-610, 374-611 and 374-612.

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N scale Graham Farish Class 64xx production models

Bachmann Collectors Club - Annual Members Day

Each year the Bachmann Collectors Club Members Day offers club members a free day out at a preserved railway or heritage site in the UK - with exclusive behind the scenes access and tours, train rides, and much more!
The 2015 Members Day was held at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and as the excitement builds for our 2016 event, we take a look back at some of the highlights from the 2015 event with the launch of our Members Day 2015 video.

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