Nigel Burkin brings an overview of recent N-gauge releases under the Graham Farish label.
A number of wagons and coaches has been issued by Bachmann under its Graham Farish label during the last six months, including a Mark 1 RMB, bogie hopper wagons for carrying aggregates, 14t tank wagons for the steam era and a variety of open wagons for modern engineers’ trains. They are decorated in a variety of accurately researched liveries appropriate to the model, and some feature factory-applied weathering too.
NEM coupling pockets are standard throughout, and low-profile metal wheels are fitted, making all of the review samples free-rolling over Peco Streamline code 55 N-gauge track.
Some of the models feature small add-on parts including coupling hooks and brake pipes.
More details may be found on the revamped Bachmann website at www.bachmann.co.uk.
BAA steel carrier wagon
The popular BAA steel-carrying wagon has been reissued in two liveries, including the original BR bauxite scheme and Railfreight red and black, both of which will be popular with modellers of the 1970s and 1980s. Both models come equipped with coil cradles with three coils and stanchions too. They are loose-fitted to the wagon deck, making them easy to remove if a plain deck for carrying bloom or bar is required.
The BAA was the smaller of two types of modern air-braked steel carriers introduced by BR between 1972 and 1976, numbered 900000-900305. The wagons were painted in bauxite brown with black underframes before being progressively repainted in Railfreight red in the early 1980s, as represented by the review model.
SPA plate wagons
Constructed in two lots in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a total of 1100 SPA plate wagons numbered 460002-461101 were built to modern standards with air brakes, 20ft 9in-long wheelbase underframe, heavy-duty axle guards and low sides consisting of three drop-side doors with removable stanchions. They were built originally to carry steel plate, but after some time were adapted to carry different semi-finished steel products, primarily coil and wire for which simple cradles were installed.
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