Thursday, 21 December 2017

All Aboard: A March Release for Midland Fox

We are delighted to announce that our model for release in March/April 2018 is a Bristol VR MkIII in the striking yellow and red livery of Midland Fox (E20458).


This model shows the additional levels of detail we have been working on to further enhance our existing tooling. For the first time our VR casting comes complete with driver side mirrors, additional bodywork panel lines and enhanced tampo printing, giving the model an extra level of detail and realism. 

The closure of Midland Red Omnibus Co. in 1981 gave way to the creation of five new smaller bus and coach operating companies, one of which was Midland Red East. The newly formed company operated buses from five depots, providing services covering Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. In early 1984 Midland Red East rebranded into Midland Fox and painted all of their fleet into a striking yellow and red striped livery.



Midland Fox's early fleet was mostly made up of Leyland Leopards, Nationals and Daimler Fleetlines but in 1987 two Bristol MkIII VRs were purchased from Devon General. Our model depicts VDV 112S, one of the two MkIII VRs that joined the Midland Fox fleet in 1987. Fleet No.1112 shown on route 185 to Countesthorpe via Blaby.

E20458 is currently set for a March/April release and is available to pre order now from your local Bachmann retailer, RRP £29.95.

Please visit our stockist pages to find your nearest retailer, or our dedicated product pages for more information on our wide variety of products.

All Aboard: It's an LT for February

We are pleased to confirm the EFE release for Feb/March 2018 will be E34112, an AEC RT in London Transport livery.



Our model depicts RT2177, registered KGU 106 and shown in the iconic red livery of London Transports fleet. Operating out of south London's Walworth garage and on route 12 to Oxford Circus. Unusually for a London RT it has been modelled without advertising which makes it an interesting addition to any collection.



E34112 is the last Gilbow announced bus to leave our factory and as such it is also the last new release to be housed in the original EFE brown box.

E34112 is currently set for a Feb/March release and is available to pre order now from your local Bachmann retailer now RRP of £34.95.

Please visit our stockist pages to find your nearest retailer, or our dedicated product pages for more information on our wide variety of products.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

All Aboard: First EFE Bus for 2018

We are pleased to announce the first new EFE model for Jan/Feb 2018 will be a BET bodied AEC Reliance carrying South Yorkshire Transport Livery. 

New to Maidstone & District in 1961, 336 NKT was brought in to Booth & Fisher's fleet in 1973. In 1975 South Yorkshire Pasenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) took over operations, though Booth & Fisher was operated as a separate company for a few years until all vehicles had been repainted in to SYPTE colours.

Our model depicts 336 NKT, in SYPTE livery whilst still carrying the Booth & Fisher legal lettering. Fleet numbered No. 1087, on route 256 to Killamarsh.

E24332 is not only set to be EFE's first model release of 2018, it is also the first EFE model to feature newly tooled side mirrors - one of the many enhancements Bachmann is making to existing EFE castings!


E24332 is currently set for a Jan/Feb release and is available to pre order now from your local Bachmann retailer RRP of £29.95.

Please visit our stockist pages to find your nearest retailer, or our dedicated product pages for more information on our wide variety of products.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Out & About: Get on the buses with Bachmann Collectors Club

This Sunday (10th December) members of the Bachmann team will be at the Epping Ongar Railway (North Weald) as we launch the first EFE models in the brand new packaging. 

The 1983 Aldenham Spectacular Titan Twin Pack, item No. E99938, will be launched in the presence of preserved Leyland Titan T66 which features in the pack. A limited stock of Aldenham sets will be available to purchase on the day from the railway shop.

Above: London General liveried Titan T66 will be on hand offering free trips during the day


Bachmann Collectors Club members can enjoy free rides on T66 around the local area, simply turn up on the day from 10am and present your Bachmann Collectors Club membership card. We are also offering members a free train ride aboard the 16.25 departure from North Weald – complete with complimentary mulled wine and mince pie!
Please call the club office on 01455 245565 to book your train ticket as spaces are limited!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

E38120 - Bristol VRT - BR Training Vehicle

The latest model to leave our warehouse is a Bristol VRT E38120 a striking example of a British Rail training vehicle.

Our modelled vehicle AYG 941H, first entered into passenger service with West Yorkshire Road Car Company, before being sold to British Rail in the early 1980s. Whilst with British Rail it was modified for use as a mobile staff training vehicle by their Plant and Machinery department.

Many of its windows were removed and filled in and the bus seat interior was stripped out to make it more suited to a new role as an office space for staff training. Since leaving British Rail's ownership, AYG 941H can often be found working as a staff mess room at various events around the country including events such as the Glastonbury Festival.


Our model depicts AYG 941H in its British Rail guise, displaying a blind and side branding which denoting its job. E38120 makes a great addition to any 1980s layout especially alongside our previously released E38119.

Our latest release has an RRP of £34.95 and is available to order from your local
Bachmann retailer now.

Please visit our stockist pages to find your nearest retailer, or our dedicated product pages for more information on our wide variety of products.

Friday, 18 August 2017

E16540 - Atlantean - Ribble Motor Services


A new release from our Exclusive First Editions range is a Leyland Atlantean in Ribble livery E16540. Announced at this year's Press Day, the model is due to be released later this year. 

Ribble Motor Services began operating in 1919 and grew to be one of the largest bus and coach operators in the North West of England, with a territory covering Cumberland, Westmorland, Lancashire and parts of North Yorkshire.
This Leyland Atlantean with Metro-Cammell body first entered passenger service with Ribble in 1960 and is shown carrying the smart dark red and cream pre-nationalisation livery. After the ownership passed to the National Bus Company, Ribble retained this darker red for a while before moving to the standard NBC poppy red and white. Our model is registered NCK 634, fleet number 1645 and is shown running on service 101 to Preston. 


Our latest release has an RRP of £29.95 and is available to order from your local Bachmann retailer now. Please visit our stockist pages to find your nearest retailer.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Out & About - Buses Festival

The Bachmann team will be taking our EFE stand on a short trip south to Gaydon this Sunday (20th August) to participate in the 2017 Buses Festival at the British Motor Centre.


Why not join us to see up to 100 modern, restored & vintage buses & coaches, trade stands, free bus rides and more! Organised by Buses Magazine (the world's biggest selling bus magazine) you will be able to see a range of fleets and liveries from up and down the UK, along with enjoying free bus rides throughout the day.

Times: 
Sun 20th August: 10.00am - 5.00pm 

Location: 
British Motor Centre, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ 

For more information on this event please visit our Roadshow page or the