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The place to voice your opinion on potential new models.
If there’s a locomotive that you think needs to be offered ready-to-run, here’s the place to voice your opinion… Locomotive: Class 104 and 110 DMUS Proposed by: Michael Grange, County Durham
What is it?
I may be being greedy here but I think there’s a case for two DMUS. It’s been about a decade since Hornby’s Class 110 was last on the market, and it can still fetch a healthy price secondhand. Sadly, the ‘110’ really lags behind Bachmann’s Class 101, 105 and 108, so I propose a new version. But with today’s model-making technology, surely it would make sense to offer the Class 104 as well?
What would make it viable?
Birmingham RC&W’S 57ft 6in DMU was introduced in 1957 and was offered in two, three and four-car sets. Production ceased in 1959 after 302 vehicles had been built. What would become Class 104 under TOPS was mainly allocated to the North West, with some transferred to the North East to replace withdrawn Tyneside electric EMUS. Scotland famously received ‘104s’ and the final units were withdrawn from the Greater London area in the 1990s. A further 30 sets, based on the same design but with a modified nose with headcode boxes, were introduced in 1961 for use on the trans-pennine Calder Valley lines. They also sported powerful Rolls-royce engines and were configured as two and three-car sets. They became Class 110 and the last were withdrawn in the late 1980s. The Class 104s were first built with headcode panels on the nose, which were later removed. Between the classes there are numerous liveries to offer, including BR green, plain blue, blue/grey, white and blue, Network Southeast, Metrotrain, Departmental and the ‘Mexican bean’ maroon and white applied to 104325 for the Crianlarichoban shuttles in the late 1980s.
Can I see a real one?
There are 13 Class 104 vehicles, spread between Churnet Valley, Llangollen and Telford Steam Railways, but only five Class 110 vehicles: the Wensleydale Railway and Lakeside & Haverthwaite have a two-car set each, and the Churnet Valley Railway is home to Trailer Second Lavatory 59701.
How to join in
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