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The models represent Diagram 1/217. First releases will be: • 38-880 VEA in weathered BR Bauxite livery • 38-881 VEA in BR Railfreight red & grey livery • 38-882 VEA in BR Railfreight Distribution livery BR ‘Prestwin’ Twin Silo These BR wagons ran from the 1950s until the 1980s carrying bulk powdered goods. It had been found that the angular shape of earlier ‘Presflo’ wagons created a tendency for powder to catch in the corners, and so the ‘Prestwin’ was introduced. It was based on a Continental design and around 130 were built. The conical shape of the bottom half of the silos was largely hidden by cladding on British wagons. Loads carried included cement and sand.

• 38-290 ‘Prestwin’ in BR Bauxite livery • 38-291 ‘Prestwin’ in BR Bauxite livery CQV • 38-292 ‘Prestwin’ in weathered BR Bauxite livery CQV Other Significant Branchline (OO Scale) introductions Class 37 ‘Merl Evans’ To honour Bachmann’s great friend and colleague, they are producing a 00 scale model of the Class 37 locomotive in Colas Rail livery that was recently named Merl Evans. This is a mainstream catalogue item. The locomotive has just been extensively overhauled and modified for the latest chapter in its working life with Colas working on the main line. As part of these works, a change had to be made to the headlight position on the nose (something that Bachmann will replicate on their tooling) and it was out-shopped in the latest Colas livery proudly carrying its unique tribute to Merl. From the sale of each model, a donation will be made towards LOROS, the chosen charity of Merl’s family. LOROS provides hospice care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and further details can be found at www.loros.co.uk 47

Model Railway Express Issue Two January 2017