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Era 5 (1957 to 1966) British Railways Late Crest
The popular Class 44 ‘Peak’ Diesel Locomotive returns to the Bachmann Branchline range with this OO scale model depicting No. D2 ‘Helvellyn’. Known as the ‘Peaks’ because they were named after mountains in England and Wales, No. D2 was named after the mountain found to the north of Ambleside in the Lake District.
The Bachmann Branchline model combines a finely-proportioned bodyshell with extensive detailing throughout, including separately fitted cab handrails, windscreen wipers, lamp brackets and sandpipes. With a powerful 5-pole motor fitted with twin flywheels which drives both bogies, these models have plenty of pulling power to haul even the longest trains. With a 21 Pin DCC decoder interface, it’s easy to add a decoder or sound decoder and speaker for use on DCC, or why not opt for one of our SOUND FITTED models and enjoy realistic running sounds straight out of the box.
CLASS 44 HISTORY
The British Rail Class 44 or Sulzer Type 4 diesel locomotives were built by British Railways' Derby Works between 1959 and 1960. They were named after British mountains, and consequently nicknamed ‘Peaks’. Their 16-wheel 1Co-Co1 wheel arrangement became idiosyncratic in later years.
Inspired by LMS prototypes Nos. 10000 and 10001, and by Southern Railway Nos. 10201-10203, the Class 44 diesels were some of the first large diesel locomotives commissioned for the British Rail modernisation project and were the precursors to the Class 45 and Class 46 locomotives of similar design. Ten locomotives were built to the Class 44 design, with a number of differences across the fleet.
When introduced, the locomotives were fitted with multi-unit working and steam heating boilers for passenger service. They worked regularly over the West Coast Main Line for a couple of years, and also between London St Pancras and Manchester Exchange over the Peak main line. Once the Class 45 units were available, their steam heating boilers were removed and the Class 44 locomotives were assigned to freight duties. They mostly operated in the East Midlands, with services centred on or radiating from Toton – to which all ten locomotives were allocated in March 1974. Withdrawals began in 1976 and the last taken out of service in 1980 but two have been preserved.
* 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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