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Bachmann 32-726X Class 66 614 ‘Poppy’ – Freightliner (Rails Ltd Ed)

Bachmann 32-726X Class 66 614 ‘Poppy’ – Freightliner (Rails Ltd Ed)Score 90%Score 90%

Released in early 2018 this Bachmann class 66 model has been commisioned by Rails Of Sheffield. Available in pristine finish, weathered finish, & DCC sound fitted. This model of Freightliner 66 614 carries the name Poppy, in memory of 15 workers from Buxton Lime Firms who served and died in the Battle of the Somme. Buxton Lime Firms is now known as Tarmac, in which Freightliner has a working relationship.

The model was a limited edition run. The model comes with Brass etched nameplates for fitting by the modeller. Also, a bag of detailed parts for the buffer beam are included.

The model has working head/tail & cab interior lighting. The rear lights can be switched out via a switch located on the underside of the loco.

The model comes as 21 pin DCC Ready ( Ready to be converted to DCC by removing the blanking plug from the DCC socket & plugging in a DCC 21 pin decoder) & is set up to take a DCC sound speaker. A speaker mount for a speaker is included already fitted within the loco. On the PCB board is two terminals for connecting two speaker wires too.

The model has a five pole motor with twin flywheels, all wheel drive & all wheel power pickups. Couplings are the small removable tension lock NEM type. Buffers are sprung.

Other features include finely detailed parts, brass etched grills, separate handrails, lamp brackets, flush glazing, windscreen wipers, under chassis details, cab interior details including driver figure, fine profile wheels. A diecast chassis giving good traction so no traction tires are needed.

The model comes in plastic ice style packaging with Rail’s green box sleeve with Rail’s artwork.

Key Features:

  • 5-pole skew wound motor
  • All-wheel power pickups
  • DCC ready with a 21 pin DCC decoder socket
  • NEM tension lock couplings
  • Sprung buffers
  • Pre-fitted detailed parts
  • Bag of extra detail parts for the modeller to fit
  • Fine-scale wheel profile
  • Chemically blackened wheels
  • Fully detailed and painted cab interior
  • Working head / tail / cab interior lighting
  • Pre-setup for DCC sound with speaker mount & speaker connections on the PCB board
  • Brass etched nameplates
  • Limited Edition model exclusive to Rails Of Sheffield
  • Weather version
  • Pristine version
  • DCC sound fitted version

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Only one model released in this livery


Many thanks to Mr P. Simpson for providing the model for this article.

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Summary Another fine release of a new one off livery by Transport For London. Now sold out but a must for any class 66 fan.

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