Bachmann 31-520

Class 159 3-Car DMU 159013 BR Network SouthEast (Revised)

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Prototype Era
Era 8 (1983 to 1994) British Rail Sectorisation

Manufacturer description

Highlights:

History

The British Rail Class 158 Express Sprinter is a diesel multiple-unit (DMU), built specifically for British Rail's Provincial Services sector between 1989 and 1992 by British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) at Derby Litchurch Lane Works and outshopped in Regional Railways Provincial blue. They were built to replace many locomotive-hauled passenger trains, thereby reducing cost of operation, and to allow cascading of existing Sprinter units to replace elderly 'heritage' DMUs. The majority of the 182 158 units were built as 2-car units, with 17 3-car units constructed specifically for use on Trans-Pennine services. Similar 3-car units were built for use by Network SouthEast but these were converted to Class 159 specification before introduction to service, with toilet retention tanks and other modifications to operate over the third-rail network.

All the Class 158s remain in service today, with operators including ScotRail, Northern, Great Western (GWR), East Midlands Trains (now EMR), and Transport for Wales (formerly Arriva). Former operators include Central Trains. The Class has worked extensively across the UK network, even into East Anglia as far as Stansted Airport and Norwich. Some 158s have been converted to additional Class 159s and now operate for South Western alongside their original classmates 159001-022, upon which our model of 159013 is based.

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Bachmann
Range:
Branchline
Product Code:
31-520
GTIN:
803393054564
RRP:
£379.95
Release date:
2018

Model details

DCC status
DCC Ready 21 pin socket
Finish
Pristine
Livery
Red, White & Blue
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Running number
159013
Features
Directional lighting
Interior lighting

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
British Rail Class 159
Operator
British Rail Network SouthEast
Motive power
Diesel Multiple Unit
Built
1989-1993
Total produced
30

* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.

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