Bachmann Class 101 DMU 32-289 By Pat Hammond
The Prototype: The Class 101s were built in 1956-59 by Metro-Cammell Ltd for branch line and local services. They had a maximum speed of 75mph and were the most numerous of the first generation diesels. All regions received an allocation and the combination of the size of the class and the large geographical area of operation made them an obvious subject to model. Typical of large motive power classes, there were many detail variations which Bachmann need to take account of. 2-car units consisted of a DMBS and a DTC and some 4-car units had a buffet car. They were the second longest surviving class of DMUs and some were selected for refurbishment in 1974. The Model: Illustrated here is the Bachmann 2-car model which was first released in 2014. It represents one of the refurbished members of the class as is revealed by its white livery (era 7). The model has directional and interior lighting and a 21-pin DCC decoder socket has been fitted. Instead of conventional couplings, the cars are plugged together with a power-conducting rod, which comes in a bag of fine detail parts for the purchaser to fit. Our review model carries the car numbers M56335 and M51178, while the cab-front blinds show the destinations ‘Crewe’ at one end and ‘Llandudno’ at the other. A new feature this year is the fitting of passengers which greatly improve the appearance of the model when in use. The recommended retail price is £199.95.