Bachmann Class 43 ‘Warship’ Diesels By James Purves
The Prototype: Built between 1960 and 1962, the D800 class eventually totalled 33 locomotives. They were the last of three ‘Warship’ classes built for the Western Region. They were based on the German V200 but were designed at Swindon for the smaller British loading-gauge. They had diesel-hydraulic drives and 4-wheel B-B bogies. The early ones were delivered in BR green livery but, from 1964, some were out-shopped in maroon. In the late ‘60s, as they went in for service they were repainted in BR blue. The last was withdrawn in 1971 and none has been preserved. The Model: This is a new well detailed model that was from completely new tooling in 2015. It has highly detailed bogies, etched roof grilles, well detailed cab interior, fine wire handrails all round, separately attached windscreen wipers, illuminated cab-front code boxes, marker lights and is fitted with a 21-pin DCC decoder socket. Much of the finer detail is provided in a packet for the purchaser to fit. This includes buffer beam and cab-front attachments, optional front skirt accessories, open or closed roof vents, roof panel lifting loops and cab steps that would otherwise restrict bogie movement on tight curves. In another packet there are etched metal nameplates and maker’s plates. Two of these ‘Warship’ Class 43 models have recently been released by Bachmann and these each have a recommended retail price if £149.95. Their liveries belong to era 5 and are: 32-068 D838 ‘Rapid’ in BR maroon livery. 32-069 D841 ‘Roebuck’ in BR green livery (illustrated here).