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Bachmann Derby Lightweight

Its been a while since there been a modelling update on here, simply because I’ve been working on other projects and Bawdsey has been placed into storage as there no booked shows for it at the moment. In the next few weeks I’ll be returning to work on some of the new releases which are just arriving in the shops. To date I have one of the Hornby Gresley suburban composites, and am awaiting a couple of others when I’ll work on them together, the biggest change being the conversion to EM gauge. At the end of this month I’m looking forward to the Heljan Waggon und Maschinenbau railbus, these worked in East Anglia and under ‘It’s my train set’ rules I’ll be running one on Bawdsey, though I’ve yet to come across a specific shot of an W&M railbus in the Ipswich area.

However what turned up yesterday was one of the latest releases from Bachmann, the Derby Lightweight DMU suitable for east anglian branchline use. Overall I’m very pleased with the look and finish of the unit. Conversion to EM gauge looks simple enough and I’ll swap the wheel set from the Class 108 DMU currently in use. These are the Branchlines conversion set and are well engineered easy to use and hence well worth the money, the 108 will then be redeployed in OO to work on my current project layout ‘East Dursley’.

There are one or two quick fixes that I’ll make in addition to the EM conversion, the first being to disguise the circuit board visible in the vestibule area. Bawdsey is displayed at normal viewing height so it can be seen relatively easily.

The second change is to look at the way the units are coupled. Both the 105 and 108 units have sprung buffers, this has made it easy to run the DMU’s close coupled and with the corridor connections touching. With the DLW the buffers are fixed so theres no easy way to run the unit close coupled, whilst a litle dissapointing, its not the end of the world. What I will be doing is looking at what after market buffer heads there are available and suitable corridor connections. The outer parts of the buffer stocks are I have already discovered, plastic. This may make it easier to fix sprung buffers, but I won’t know for definite until I get them apart. Overall though its another really good addition for my stock to give an accurate representation of an east anglian branchline in the transition era.

http://branchlines.blogspot.com/2007/01/bachmann-108-wheels.html

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