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Bachmann Branchline


 
Branchline models are OO scale. OO scale is the most common scale of model railway in the UK and is supported by all major manufacturers. Branchline models have been available for many years and cover all areas of British Railways territory. Using the Era coding, users can quickly identify the appropriate items of rolling stock to be used together. From the early steam locomotives to the latest express passenger trains, Branchline models are enjoyed by collectors around the world.

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Bachmann USA


 
Founded in 1833 by Henry Carlisle, the company originally specialized in vanity products such as Spanish Combs made out of ivory horns and tortoiseshell. Its target market was in the American South and Louisiana. After the Civil War it continued to make other type of hair ornaments and also walking canes. In 1899 Carlisle's firm, now run by Henry E. Bachmann, merged with a competing firm being run by Henry E. Bachmann's father, Henry G. Bachmann, and the younger Bachmann's brother, Walter J. Bachmann. The company changed its name to Bachmann Bros. By 1902 it started to use celluloid for its products and by 1912 introduced optical frames that were made from it. In 1929 they became the first American manufacturer of sunglasses. The line, "Solarex" would become very popular and later purchased by the US Army and United States Army Air Force for their personnel during WWII. Other famous products include shooting glasses for Winchester Repeating Arms Company (now the U.S. Repeating Arms), and Stein Eriksen ski goggles.


Plasticville
Bachmann's experience in plastics led to a mass-market plastic fence released in 1947. Originally intended for decorating Christmas trees it was adopted by early railway modelers. When Bachmann learned this they began producing other products for this market leading to the Plasticville line of buildings, which are still popular accessories for Lionel and American Flyer trains. Bachmann's Plasticville products, originally in O scale, and later expanded to H0 scale, and N scale were originally manufactured by Bachmann in Philadelphia, but have been made in China by plastics molding manufacturer Kader Holdings Company Limited since 1999. The hobby of collecting Plasticville has increased in recent years to the point that the Plasticville Collectors Association was founded in 1999 and incorporated in 2001.


Plastic models and other toys
During the 1960s Bachmann produced plastic models of animals (Animals of the World series, Birds of the World series, and Dogs of the World series) called Nature Craft Kits. They also produced their own Mini-planes, Slotcars, military models (with Fujimi) that include fighter planes, helicopters, and Tanks; and toy robots called "Toys of Tomorrow" (with Tomy). Bachmann would drop the toy robots within a couple of years. The Bachmann-Fujimi models would be dropped during the 1970s. Bachmann dropped Slot Cars and Mini-Planes from its product lines after the Kader takeover (see below) but instead entered the Radio-controlled Model market. In 1982 they revived their Nature Craft Kits as Birds of the World. By 1987 they have dropped all other toys and only concentrated on Model Trains and Accessories. In 1998 Bachmann did try to sell a short lived product, a radio controlled motorcycle.


Trains
H0 Scale Bachmann Spectrum center cab switcher.Because of the sudden popularity of N scale starting in 1966, Bachmann entered the trains market by starting its N scale trains products in June 1968, with cars packaged in white jewel cases. However, problems of initial run led to a retooling the following year. In 1970 Bachmann entered the HO trains market. A second retooling occurred around 1973, when trains started to be packaged in black jewel cases . In 1978 Bachmann changed its logo to the present one. Trains began to be packaged in blue jewel cases.


Kader takeover
In light of falling profits, in 1981 Kader acquired Bachmann. It changed the name to Bachmann Industries and used the new brand to expand worldwide, such as the European market. It is also part of the strategy to take over other failing companies in Europe and put them under one single name. The packaging changed from plastic jewel cases to white paper boxes with cellophane window. Starting from 1982 Bachmann began to slowly retool individual product lines one by one. A typical example would be the replacement of metal gears to plastic ones in the Diesel locomotives. By 1992 all cars were manufactured in China.


Big Haulers
In 1990 Bachmann started to produce large scale train sets called the Big Haulers. These G scale models include trains, shays, and also streetcars. Their most famous line is the Emmett Kelly Jr. circus trains, introduced in 1993.


Spectrum
A Bachmann Spectrum 44Ton.In 1988 Bachmann introduced the "Spectrum" line of higher quality equipment, including updated motors, more realistic paint schemes, and better detail. Spectrum was considered a totally different company from the regular Bachmann company. The initial offering was a GE 44 Ton Diesel. Later on, the Spectrum line expanded to include a Pennsylvania Railroad K-4 Pacific, an EMD GP30, and a General Electric Dash 8-40C. In 1998, Bachmann introduced their Spectrum H0 scale 2-8-0 Consolidation, which was selected "Model of the Year" by the readers of Model Railroader magazine. By 2000 Spectrum was no longer considered a separate product and became one of the Bachmann product lines, as Spectrum was finally included in Bachmann's regular catalogs.


Today and DCC
In an effort to gap the quality between the Spectrum brand and the regular Bachmann trains, Bachmann introduced a mid ranged "Bachmann plus" series in 1992 when production was moved to China. Eventually the entire product line would be upgraded to the quality of the plus series which led to the drop of the plus series and the birth of the current silver series in 1997. Bachmann doubled the MSRP of its products, and cars are now packaged in clear plastic display jewel cases. In 2001, Bachmann started to produce trains in On30 scale (O scale on HO tracks).

Since 2006 Bachmann has been concentrating on implementing a Digital Command Control ("DCC") system and products in its product lines, with the help and partnership of the German company, Lenz Elektronik, GmbH. Bachmann is expected to release its Dynamis DCC system in 2007, which would enable Bachmann to catch up with the rest of the other DCC companies technological wise. Currently Bachmann H0 Spectrum lines are DCC onboard, while the vast majority of its N Spectrum lines are DCC ready.


Global expansion
As well as introducing its own brands to North America, Kader, under the Bachmann brand, built itself up as the largest volume seller of model railways by purchasing other failing companies, using the Bachmann name to front a series of purchases in the rest of the world to combat the then poor perceptions of Hong Kong based production quality.

By 1985 Bachmann had established agencies in Corcieux, France, and also in Bologna, Italy.

In 1989 a European division was set up initially reusing the molds previously used for the Palitoy 'mainline' model railway products to create the Bachmann Branchline models. It took over Palitoy's location and established its European headquarters in Barwell, Leicestershire, England, which continues today as the Bachmann UK headquarters.

In 1991 Bachmann established a sales office in Ontario, Canada, but had it closed down in 1996.

In 1992 it bought Liliput of Austria, and established its Continental Europe headquarters in Fürth, Germany. In 1997 it moved to Altdorf bei Nürnberg, Germany, which continues today as the German Liliput headquarters.

In 2000 it bought Graham Farish.

Bachmann started to work with the Chinese National Railway in 1999, and in 2000 started to produce its first model "East Wind 11 Diesel". Chinese outline models under the Bachmann China name, opening the world's first Bachmann speciality retail shop in Shanghai in 2005. Bachmann China is based in Shanghai.

Kader's business model for each take over, from its original purchase of Bachmann to the present day, is to buy a perceived quality brand in the target market or country. The company then closes local in-country production facilities. Armed with state of the art manufacturing machines and AutoCAD systems, Bachmann then improves quality by re-engineering the models in Hong Kong, and reduces cost by producing the models in its jointly owned plant in Dongguan, China.

In late 2007 Bachmann has been working on purchasing Williams, a move that will enable Bachmann to enter the O scale market.


International
Presently Bachmann offers trains in H0 scale, N scale (1:160 and 1:148), On30, 00 gauge , HOn30 (H0 scale on N tracks) and G scale around the world, in addition to buildings and accessories:

North America - Bachmann Industries H0 scale, N scale (1:160), On30 and G scale. Plasticville O scale and S scale.
United Kingdom - Bachmann Europe Plc offer 00 gauge models under the Branchline name , and British scale (1:148) N gauge models under the Graham Farish name.
Europe - Liliput HOn30 and H0 scale.
China - Bachmann China H0 scale.
In addition, both Bachmann UK and Bachmann Europe sell G scale models by Aristo-Craft.
Tooltip: HO, N, O, Large Scale Big Haulers, SceneScapes, On30 trains and Accessories.


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Exclusive First Editions


 
The Worlds Leading Manufacturers of Precision 1:76 Scale Diecast Model Coaches & Buses


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Graham Farish


 
This year is the 175th Anniversary of the Bachman brand and we are delighted to celebrate this occasion with the largest Graham Farish catalogue ever produced. Graham Farish is the leading brand of British outline N Scale model railway products. We are committed to producing a forever increasing range of high quality N scale model railway, locomotives, rolling stock, controls and accessories. This year also includes the return of the Scenecraft range of buildings and figures, with a strong emphasis on railway/industrial structures.

During 2008, customers will find the Blue Riband logo on some of our new items denoting our premium range of models. These are designed and manufactured to a higher specification which includes where appropriate, the use of NEM and DCC standards. For new customers not familiar with modelling periods the Era guide helps identify which models/liveries are suitable for use with e.g. Eras for the 1950's.The Era index can be found listed on the rear cover inside flap, which also includes logo definitions.

New locomotive models for 2008 include the iconic Class 47 diesel with an easy to remove body providing direct access to a standard 6 pin NEM decoder socket for DCC users. This popular locomotive will initially appear in four liveries with other variants to follow.

For the DMU enthusiasts there is an exciting new model for 2008. Our first N scale sound enabled locomotive. The Class 108 has a shortened drive mechanism to maximise the interior detail and space (including a speaker box) has been provide for customers to fit an NEM 6 pin sound decoder and speaker.

Keeping up to date with the changes in the post privatisation Era, the Class 220, 170 and HST models will be modelled carrying the new Cross Country Trains livery (Arriva).

In August 1968 the last of the BR steam locomotives took their final schedule journeys on British Railways. 40 years on we proudly celebrate this event with the production of two locomotives, a Black 5 and an 8F, which were still operating during the final days of UK mainline steam.

The six variants of Stanier designed coaches will be available in early 2008 and are the first models to make use of our new NEM style slim line Scale close coupling system.

The coaches are also another first for the UK fitted with the correct size 7mm coach bogie wheels. New wagons include the OCA four wheel dropside wagon and the HYA 102T bogie coal hopper wagon. To compliment the new Intermodal and Freightliner bogie flats we have now added an extensive range of 20' 40 and 45' liveried containers, which will fit either type of wagon.

Scenecraft originally introduced in 1980, is now relaunched with a range of buildings which includes a modular engine shed with timber and brick structure options, a stack and build office block, and an early concrete brick post war signal box. To compliment the buildings there is a brand new range of figures which includes two sets of six figures each for track and permanent way workers, driver/maintenance figures for Diesel and Steam Eras as well as passengers seated and standing.


With something for everyone in the 2008 catalogue there is plenty for N Scale modellers to look forward to but with over 400 items listed, it is inevitable that certain products may require longer than 12 months to perfect. Rest assured we are constantly working to ensure that all items are delivered as quickly and accurately as possible.

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K & M Trees


 


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Liliput


 
The brand 'Liliput' represents a German/European range of models including HO, HOe, N & G scales.

While you will not see many items listed here on Mainstation - you can contact us at any time for a list of items that are able to been ordered in especially for you.

Please feel free to go direct to their website and request more detail via our contact form also.

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Metcalfe


 
As you have come through to this area, you must be interested to learn a bit about us. Nick and Judy Metcalfe started the company in 1991 as a part time venture working from home. Our original intention was to produce card toys for sale in gift and toy stores but it soon became clear that our real talents were in the design of building kits for model railways.

We set up in full time production in 1995 working from a start-up unit in Skipton on the aptly named "Sidings Business Park" on "Engine Shed Lane". The kit range at that time was mainly un-cut and printed on thin card. Two years later we moved to a nice modern office building up the road and it was there that we purchased our first die cutting press and along came our "Premium" ready cut kits.


In 1999 we purchased a derelict farm and had it renovated for our new works and office. Shortly after moving in we got rid of our ageing printing equipment and put in all new state of the art machinery which should hold us in good stead for many new products in the future. 2002 saw the building projects come to an end, with the completion of our new warehouse. All we need to do now is keep the designs rolling off the production line.

We are a small company with a happy and loyal workforce. We enjoy what we do and we do what we enjoy.We hope you will enjoy our products too!


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Model Scene


 
These colourful HO/OO scenic accessories are an essential part of any model railway set. Items such as figures, lineside equipment, telephone boxes, wagon loads etc. all help to complete the picture.

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Peco


 
The name Peco is the registered trademark for Pritchard Patent Product Co. Ltd. and Peco Publications and Publicity Ltd, both of which are devoted to the hobby of model railways.

The forward looking family business started trading in 1946 and still today virtually all production is undertaken at its headquarters in Beer. Likewise the magazines Railway Modeller and Continental Modeller are edited and put together by our enthusiastic team each month within the same building.

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Ratio


 
Welcome to Ratio &Wills, makers of fine scale models

Both Ratio and Wills have specialised over the years in producing high quality plastic kits to help you build better models. Now that they have been brought together under one roof in Buckfastleigh, you can be sure to find something that suits your needs

Ratio and Wills both have a long history of model railway kit making. Ratio Scale Models was started in 1950 by jack and Deva Webster in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. They started by producing coach kits made of sheet plywood pressings, which became acclaimed as the f nest mass-produced models of their day.

In 1959 Ratio started making plastic kits and the company name was changed to Ratio Plastic Models. The factory was moved to Goring-on Thames In 1961 and again to Sturminster Newton in 1972, to a purpose built factory. With space to develop, the product range grew, which in turn led to a move even further west to a larger space on the top floor of an old Buckfastleigh woolen mill In 1986, Roger Webster, the managing director, sold Ratio to PECO in 1996, and so dawned a new era.

In 1955 the first kits manufactured by Mr. Bob Wills appeared in his own model shop at Coulsden. By 1960 Wills Finecast locomotive kits were well established and when Mr. Wills sold this part of his business to South Eastern Finecast in 1987 there were over forty loco kits within the range. Prior to this, the Wills Company started in 1978 making simple but extremely effective plastic scenic kits. The well-known modeler and writer Iain Rice was involved with the design and the range quickly grew.

In 1998 the Wills plastic scenic series of kits was sold to Peco and production was moved from Forest Row to the Ratio Factory. The range continues to be developed and today there are over 120 kits for you to choose from.

Ratio and Wills have again moved, now into their own factory just up the road from the last, allowing more room for production as well as a spacious model shop and showroom. Here you can see our complete range and talk to our experienced staff about your modeling needs.

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Scenecraft


 
The Scenecraft range of figures and buildings offers N, OO and G scale users the opportunity to purchase quality figures and buildings for use on a Model Railway or other scenic diorama. Bachmann Europe are excited to announce a brand new range of N scale buildings, figures and accessories. A diverse range of Scenecraft items will be available that will enhance any N scale model railway. The Scenecraft buildings will include industrial, residential and line side subjects.

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Tracksetta


 


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Wills Kits


 
Welcome to Ratio &Wills, makers of fine scale models

Both Ratio and Wills have specialised over the years in producing high quality plastic kits to help you build better models. Now that they have been brought together under one roof in Buckfastleigh, you can be sure to find something that suits your needs

Ratio and Wills both have a long history of model railway kit making. Ratio Scale Models was started in 1950 by jack and Deva Webster in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. They started by producing coach kits made of sheet plywood pressings, which became acclaimed as the f nest mass-produced models of their day.

In 1959 Ratio started making plastic kits and the company name was changed to Ratio Plastic Models. The factory was moved to Goring-on Thames In 1961 and again to Sturminster Newton in 1972, to a purpose built factory. With space to develop, the product range grew, which in turn led to a move even further west to a larger space on the top floor of an old Buckfastleigh woolen mill In 1986, Roger Webster, the managing director, sold Ratio to PECO in 1996, and so dawned a new era.

In 1955 the first kits manufactured by Mr. Bob Wills appeared in his own model shop at Coulsden. By 1960 Wills Finecast locomotive kits were well established and when Mr. Wills sold this part of his business to South Eastern Finecast in 1987 there were over forty loco kits within the range. Prior to this, the Wills Company started in 1978 making simple but extremely effective plastic scenic kits. The well-known modeler and writer Iain Rice was involved with the design and the range quickly grew.

In 1998 the Wills plastic scenic series of kits was sold to Peco and production was moved from Forest Row to the Ratio Factory. The range continues to be developed and today there are over 120 kits for you to choose from.

Ratio and Wills have again moved, now into their own factory just up the road from the last, allowing more room for production as well as a spacious model shop and showroom. Here you can see our complete range and talk to our experienced staff about your modeling needs.

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