Monday, 20 March 2017

Out & About - London Festival of Railway Modelling

The Bachmann team are excited to be attending this years London Festival of Railway Modelling at Alexandra Palace on the 25th-26th of March. With 40 layouts from around the world on display, plus over 100 exhibitors to browse and purchase from, this show is a must for any railway enthusiast! 


The popular Bachmann Collectors Club Members Lounge will make its second appearance at Ally Pally after debuting there in 2016. The lounge will showcase previously unseen samples and models, guest visitors and members of the Bachmann team ready to answer your questions. To enjoy our Members Lounge and the many other benefits of club membership. If you were previously a member of EFE's Collectors Association, bring along your EFE membership card to be able to sign up on the day for a discounted rate, or alternatively sign up to the Bachmann Collectors Club Now!

For more information on the event you can visit the offical website here
We look forward to seeing you there! 

Show Opening Times 
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm 
Sunday: 10:00am - 4:30pm 
(Doors open at 9:30am for pre-booked ticket holders)

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Bachmann Collectors Club opens its doors to EFE collectors!

Following Bachmann Europe's acquisition of EFE in October last year, the Bachmann Collectors Club is excited to open its doors to EFE collectors alongside our established model railway membership. Joining the Bachmann Collectors Club as an EFE member gives you the same great membership package as Bachmann Collectors Club members currently enjoy, but instead of our free railway wagon you get to choose a free gift from a selection on 12 EFE models.

Customers who had been members of the EFE Collectors Association can take advantage of our special introductory offer and purchase a one year membership to the Bachmann Collectors Club for just £20 when returning your EFE membership card with your application form. New EFE collectors can also enjoy membership to the Bachmann Collectors Club at our standard UK rate of £29.

For further details and to download an application form please visit the club website!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

E31515 - AEC RM Routemaster - London Transport

We are pleased to announce a new model in our recently acquired Exclusive First Editions range. As seen at Victoria Coach Station last weekend, E31515 is an AEC RM Routemaster in London Transport livery.
 E31515 - AEC RM Routemaster - London Transport
Our latest depiction of one of London's iconic Routemasters is RM177, shown operating out of London's New cross garage (NX) which is said to be one of London's biggest garages. Registered VLT 177 and shown working on route 177 to Abbey Wood via Elephant and castle, New cross, Greenwich and Woolwich, whilst displaying Pan Am advertising 'Take a breath of fresh airways'.

Our latest release has an RRP of £34.95 and is available to order from your local Bachmann retailer now. Please visit our stockist pages to find your nearest retailer.

Monday, 28 November 2016

E40101 - Daimler DMS - M&D / Network SouthEast

Bachmann Europe Plc are pleased to another model in to thier recently acquired Exclusive First Edition range.

E40101 is an Open Top Daimler DMS in the dual livery of Maidstone & District and Network SouthEast and will be officially launched at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham this weekend!

Image Source: no low floors..if only ! on Flikr
The DMS was London's first purpose built one person operated double deck bus, however, it proved unpopular due to slow boarding times compared to the open platform AEC Routemasters and also maintenance costs were high, due to the way they were designed as there was no ability to separate the body from chassis for overhaul.

Withdrawal of the DMS fleet began in early 1979 with Leyland Titans and MCW Metrobuses purchased as replacements and in some cases Routmasters were reinstated to DMS routes. Many of these now retired vehicles were sent to the dealer Ensignbus in Purfleet, which became known as the 'DMS graveyard'. As supply exceeded the secondhand demand for these buses many vehicles could not be moved or maintained and so simply rusted into disrepair. Our model depicts one retired DMS which was spared this fate.
Blind reads: Maidstone & District Motor Services LTD in Partnership with Area Civil Engineer (CLT)


GHV 90N (DM1090) first entered service with London Transport in 1975 running out of the Cricklewood garage, after many internal transfers it was sold in 1983 to Ensignbus were it stayed for a short while before being bought by House's of Watlington for use in their small fleet. By 1989 it had been bought as a joint venture between Maidstone & District and Network SouthEast for use as a bridge maintenance vehicle. It was given a new fleet number P90, repainted in the striking Network SouthEast livery and had its roof removed to make it more practical for its new use.

Our model depicts one retired DMS which was spared this fate. GHV 90N (DM1090) first entered service with London Transport in 1975 running out of the Cricklewood garage, after many internal transfers it was sold in 1983 to Ensignbus were it stayed for a short while before being bought by House's of Watlington for use in their small fleet.

By 1989 it had been bought as a joint venture between Maidstone & District and Network SouthEast for use as a bridge maintenance vehicle. It was given a new fleet number P90, repainted in the striking Network SouthEast livery and had its roof removed to make it more practical for its new use. Our model uses revised tooling of the upper deck to portray the changes which were made to the real vehicle. Model includes an individually numbered limited edition certificate.

This model is priced £39.95
Quantities are limited so an early response is recommended.
Order now from Bachmann stockists!

YOU CAN NOW ORDER ALL EFE MODELS FROM BACHMANN STOCKISTS

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Bachmann Europe Plc acquires Exclusive First Editions



Bachmann Europe Logo - Bachmann Europe acquires Exclusive First Editions

Bachmann Europe Plc is delighted to announce their acquisition of the Exclusive First Editions range of 1:76 scale die-cast vehicles including buses, coaches, lorries and London Underground tube trains.

Bachmann Europe Plc began distributing EFE products to the model trade in July 2013.

David Haarhaus, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc said today "We are delighted to incorporate another high quality addition to our existing model and hobby portfolio. The Exclusive First Editions range of collectable vehicles has enjoyed a good reputation for developing highly detailed and well researched models".

David added "EFE has been a corner stone of Die-Cast Model collecting for many years, while other ranges may have come and gone with varying interpretations of the original vehicles. We are looking forward to further developing the existing items, and delivering new models to the many EFE collectors and discerning enthusiasts around the world. Frank Joyce's ethos was always to set out to produce the most accurate model possible. This matches the Bachmann ideals entirely, never trying to be the cheapest, but working hard to try and be the best".

Saturday, 8 October 2016

25711 – Daimler DMS – London Transport Selkent Bus & Coach Council

We have been asked by Bachmann Europe Plc to produce a new exclusive model which will be available solely from Bachmann Stockists.

25711 – Daimler DMS – London Transport Selkent Bus & Coach Council Our model depicts one of London's many Daimler DMSs in use in the 1980's. GHV 63N, fleet numbered DM 1063 and shown running on route 70 to Victoria. This Selkent District vehicle displays the eye-catching slogans 'Ease the rush, use the bus' and 'We carry more passengers per gallon' along with the Bus and Coach Council logo with its row of passengers or as they were commonly nicknamed 'performing seals'.
Image Source: Stuart Johnson on Flikr
In the early eighties, a change was afoot in the bus industry. The government regulated ownership, which had reigned since the late 60's was now under threat from a new government who wanted to introduce more competition amongst operators in an effort to help waning passenger numbers.
The Bus and Coach Council (now the CTP) an organisation that campaigns for the interests of those in the bus and coach industry, were opposed to this new transport act, fearing that deregulation would damage the industry as services would be lost and traffic congestion in cities would increase due to more cars being used on the roads.

To gain support from the public the Bus and Coach Council rolled out an advertising campaign which included many bus operators nationwide repainting their buses into the 'We'd all miss the bus' livery. London Transport although not as badly affected by these new proposals, supported the Bus and Coach Council's campaign, though unlike other operators, London Transport chose to keep its red body colour rather than adopting the cream/beige used elsewhere.

25711 – Daimler DMS – London Transport Selkent Bus & Coach Council Our model depicts one of London's many Daimler DMSs in use in the 1980's. GHV 63N, fleet numbered DM 1063 and shown running on route 70 to Victoria. This Selkent District vehicle displays the eye-catching slogans 'Ease the rush, use the bus' and 'We carry more passengers per gallon' along with the Bus and Coach Council logo with its row of passengers or as they were commonly nicknamed 'performing seals'.

25711 – Daimler DMS – London Transport Selkent Bus & Coach Council Our model depicts one of London's many Daimler DMSs in use in the 1980's. GHV 63N, fleet numbered DM 1063 and shown running on route 70 to Victoria. This Selkent District vehicle displays the eye-catching slogans 'Ease the rush, use the bus' and 'We carry more passengers per gallon' along with the Bus and Coach Council logo with its row of passengers or as they were commonly nicknamed 'performing seals'.
25711 – Daimler DMS – London Transport Selkent Bus & Coach Council
Our model depicts one of London's many Daimler DMSs in use in the 1980's. GHV 63N, fleet numbered DM 1063 and shown running on route 70 to Victoria. This Selkent District vehicle displays the eye-catching slogans 'Ease the rush, use the bus' and 'We carry more passengers per gallon' along with the Bus and Coach Council logo with its row of passengers or as they were commonly nicknamed 'performing seals'.

This model is priced £39.95
Quantities are limited so an early response is recommended.
Order now from Bachmann stockists!

YOU CAN NOW ORDER ALL EFE MODELS FROM BACHMANN STOCKISTS

Monday, 26 September 2016

EFE In The Shops - September 2016

Available from Exclusive First Editions stockists from this week!

13918 - Bristol FLF Lodekka - Stagecoach East Our model captures JAH 553D, as it moved within the group when working for Stagecoach East. Numbered in the group as 19953, it is featured working route 128 to Cambridge. This vehicle has now lovingly been restored into Tilling red and cream livery. RRP £34.50

13918 - Bristol FLF Lodekka - Stagecoach East

Our model captures JAH 553D, as it moved within the group when working for Stagecoach East. Numbered in the group as 19953, it is featured working route 128 to Cambridge. This vehicle has now lovingly been restored into Tilling red and cream livery.
RRP £34.50

29636 - Leyland Olympian - Stagecoach Preston With the acquisition of Preston Bus, Stagecoach retained the blue and cream livery, adding their fleet name branding. G35 OCK was given a new fleet number of 14545 and has been captured here working route 119 to Royal Preston Hospital, carrying adverts for the Preston and Leyland Reporter newspaper. RRP £34.50

29636 - Leyland Olympian - Stagecoach Preston
With the acquisition of Preston Bus, Stagecoach retained the blue and cream livery, adding their fleet name branding. G35 OCK was given a new fleet number of 14545 and has been captured here working route 119 to Royal Preston Hospital, carrying adverts for the Preston and Leyland Reporter newspaper.
RRP £34.50

If your local model shop stocks Bachmann Trains you can now order EFE models too! Just ask in store