Model Rail (UK)



As mentioned briefly in a ‘Stop Press’ addition to last month’s news pages, Bachmann Narrow Gauge has added another version of the Penrhyn ‘Mainline’ Hunslet 0‑4‑0ST to its range, depicting Linda in early preservati­on condition.

Saved for posterity by the Ffestiniog Railway in the early 1960s, after a 70-year industrial career on the Penrhyn Quarry Railway, Linda gained a number of modificati­ons before entering service on the preserved line. Most notable was the addition of a twin-axle tender, creating a 0‑4‑0STT (saddle tank with tender). Bachmann’s model comes in fully lined FR green livery and features the same impressive specificat­ion as the earlier ‘Mainline’ Hunslet model (MR308). Again, a coreless motor is provided, with a flywheel to aid smooth running and with power collection from all wheels, the tender-fitted version is likely to offer even better running qualities, especially over insulated point frogs.

A Next18 DCC decoder socket and pre-fitted speaker come as standard, although digital sound-equipped versions are also available off the shelf and models arrived in stock just before Christmas.

Further modificati­ons followed, including the addition of a front pony axle, and it seems likely that Bachmann will also release a version to cater for the post-1960s preservati­on era in the near future.

What’s available:

◆ 391-130/391-130SF Bachmann ‘Mainline’ Hunslet with tender, Linda, FR lined green Price: £214.95 (£314.95 sound-fitted) Availabili­ty: Bachmann stockists


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