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Era 9 (1995 to 2004) Initial Privatisation
Era 11 (2016 to 2023) Current Era
The story of the Class 150 Diesel Multiple Unit is brought right up to date with this Bachmann Branchline model of Class 150/2 2-Car DMU No. 150216 in GWR Green livery – as seen running on the UK rail network today and complete with PASSENGERS FITTED.
With accurate tooling to depict the changes made in recent years to the real units to provide disabled access, this OO scale model comprises two vehicles – one of which is motorised. Featuring a high level of detail across the bodyshells, underframes and bogies; the interiors are not overlooked either, and these are complemented by the passenger figures fitted inside. Capturing the light blue livery of BR Provincial, the model is decorated using authentic colours, graphics and logos to provide an exquisite finish. Powered by a five pole motor, the conductive coupling between the two vehicles means just a single DCC decoder is required for DCC operation and with space for a speaker, it’s easy to add sound to this model too.
CLASS 150 DMU HISTORY
The British Rail Class 150 ‘Sprinter’ is a class of diesel multiple unit passenger train built by BREL York from 1984 to 1987. A total of 137 units were produced in three main subclasses, replacing many of the earlier, first generation ‘heritage’ DMUs. The first subclass, the 150/0, comprised a pair of prototype units.
The second batch which comprised fifty units was classified 150/1s and numbered in the range 150101-150. Like the prototype units, they did not have front-end corridor connectors which are fitted to allow passengers to move between units when working in multiple. Originally based at Derby Etches Park depot, these units were introduced in 1986, mainly concentrated around Birmingham and Manchester, and in later years restricted mainly to commuter services. Today the entire fleet is concentrated on the Northern franchise, mainly working around Manchester to places like Buxton, Sheffield, Liverpool, Southport and Carnforth.
The final batch of 85 two car units were built with front-end corridor connectors. These units were classified as Class 150/2s and numbered in the range 150201-285. The Class 150/2s were used on longer-distance services and have operated in Scotland, Wales, the West of England and the North.
* 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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