The Iconic Class 37
The British Rail 1955 Modernisation Plan paved the way for the wide-scale replacement of steam traction with diesel locomotives, and one of the most successful diesel locomotive types to emerge as a result of this was the English Electric Type 3
Between 1960 and 1965, English Electric's Vulcan Foundry produced 309 examples of these 1,700hp Type 3 diesel-electric locomotives. They were designed by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns at the request of British Railways.
When TOPS was implemented the type was designated Class 37.
The Class 37 diesel shunters were so popular with railwaymen that in 1985, a major refurbishment program was authorized to extend the operational lives of 135 locomotives.
The nose-end communication doors were sealed, and the four-character head codes were plated over during the renovations.
To increase the tractive effort, some freight locomotives were equipped with lower gears, while others were fitted with extra ballast or even more powerful engines.
A new subclass was created for electric train heating (ETH) refurbished locomotives, allowing them to operate on passenger trains all year.
Following restoration, the diesel engines were repainted into a wide range of liveries and returned to service in the early-1980s, following the regionalisation of British Rail.
Passenger locomotives appeared in BR Blue Large Logo, InterCity and Regional Railways schemes whilst freight engines received 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.
Some refurbished examples have received ‘retro’ heritage repaints.
Bachmann's Class 37/4 Refurbished 37430 Cwmbran in BR Blue
One of the first of the stunning all-new Bachmann Branchline class 37's to be announced in 2022 was Class 37/4 No. 37430 ‘Cwmbran’ in BR Blue Large Logo livery.
The British Rail Class 37 is a classic among fans and modellers, and the completely re-designed model replica returns to the Bachmann Branchline series in 2022.
Following the footsteps of the award-winning Bachmann Branchline Class 47, their all-new OO scale Class 37 was developed from the rails up to ensure that this classic engine is modelled more precisely than ever before, and it also has the same excellent characteristics as Bachman's Class 47.
Our new 37 is brought to life with an exquisite livery application using true-to-prototype colours, typefaces and logos, thanks to the use of high fidelity mouldings, many separately fitted parts, and extensive tooling choices to capture the specifics of the real locomotives throughout their lifetimes.
Along with an unprecedented array of lighting features, a Dual Fitted speaker system is fitted to all models – bringing this sound-fitted model to life.
For the ultimate experience, upgrade to a SOUND FITTED DELUXE model with a motorised radiator fan and authentic tinted windscreen glazing.
- Pristine BR Large Logo Blue livery
- Named ‘Cwmbran’
- Running No. 37430
- Etched Nameplates included
- SOUND FITTED - Fitted with a Zimo MS450P22 DDC Sound Decoder – See below for the function list
- Length 245mm
DETAIL VARIATIONS SPECIFIC TO THIS MODEL
- Central Headcode Panels – Plated and fitted with Sealed Beam Marker Lights
- Top Centre Lamp Bracket
- High Intensity Headlight
- Bufferbeam Valance Removed
- Coupling Bash Plate
- Oval Buffers
- Original Windscreen
- English Electric Cantrail Grilles
- Welded Boiler Roof
- Plated Boiler Port and Safety Valves
- Sealed Water Filler Door and Plated Access Steps
- Fabricated Bogies
- Original Speedo Drive
- Slow Speed Control
- Mileage Counter
- Twin Fuel Tanks with one Gauge per Tank (left hand tank each side)
- Five pole, twin shaft motor with two flywheels providing drive to both bogies
- All axle drive
- Electrical pickup from all wheels
- Separate metal bearings fitted to each axle
- Diecast metal chassis block and bogie towers
- Diecast metal gearboxes, with gearing arranged for prototypical running speeds and haulage capabilities
- 5mm (OO gauge) wheels to NEM310 & NEM311 standards with authentic profile and detailing
- Detachable coupling pockets to NEM362 standards fitted to each bogie
- Designed to operate on curves of second radius (438mm) or greater
- Bogies constructed from multiple components featuring full relief detail
- Rotating radiator fan, driven by an independent motor and gearbox, operated as part of the sound project on DCC and Analogue control (SOUND FITTED DELUXE models only)
- Tinted windscreen glazing (SOUND FITTED DELUXE models only)
- Separately applied metal detail parts, including grab handles, windscreen wipers and etched fan grilles
- Sprung metal buffers
- Each model supplied with a full set of decorated, model-specific bufferbeam pipework and accessory parts
- Directional lighting, including headlights and high intensity headlights where applicable, switchable on/off at either end on DCC or Analogue control
- Cab lighting*, assigned to two DCC functions for separate switching of each
- Separately switched Engine Room lighting*
- ‘Yard Light’ mode*, red tail lights and/or marker lights displayed at both ends (*when used on DCC)
- Authentic light colours and temperatures selected for each model based on era and application
- Two quality speakers employed for optimum sound reproduction, fitted to every model as standard
- Zimo MS450P22 DCC Sound Decoder fitted to SOUND FITTED and SOUND FITTED DELUXE versions
- Four sound projects to accurately capture the sounds of Class 37/0s as originally built, those with thermostatically controlled fans, Class 37/4s and DRS-modified locos.
- Sound files for each project produced specifically for the Bachmann Branchline Class 37 using recordings from real locomotives
- SOUND FITTED and SOUND FITTED DELUXE models operate on DCC and Analogue control as supplied. On Analogue, an authentic engine start up sequence and running sounds are produced when power is applied
- Authentic liveries applied to all models
- Multiple paint applications employed on each model using BR and corporate specification colours
- Logos, numerals and text added as appropriate using multi-stage tampo printing using authentic typefaces, logos and colours
- In addition, where applicable Etched Nameplates and Plaques are also provided
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!