Bachmann 32-290DS, Class 101 DMU BR Network Southeast (with fitted passenger figures) DCC Sound

£229.46

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Bachmann 32-290DS

Class 101 DMU
BR Network Southeast
with fitted passenger figures
DCC Sound
OO Gauge

In stock

Description

Bachmann 32-290DS

Class 101 DMU
BR Network Southeast
with fitted passenger figures
DCC Sound
OO Gauge

Brief History
Class 101
Over 700 vehicles were produced for the Class 101 Diesel Multiple Units by Metropolitan Cammell of Birmingham between 1956 & 1959. 153 2-car units were produced, with 123 of these being power/trailer units as modelled. With a top speed of 70mph, units were seen mainly on suburban and branch line passenger workings.

Designed as a replacement for steam hauled trains on branch lines with low passenger numbers, the Class 101s have proved to be one of the most successful rail car design both in mainline service and preservation. Due to their extended life in comparison to other classes, many examples have been obtained for preservation by heritage railways and individuals, hence their healthy representation.

The first units were fitted with four indicator lights corresponding to the normal steam position for headlamps, while later-build Class 101s received two-digit indicators, located centrally below the front windows.

The 101 units represented the first large-quantity production of DMUs to be undertaken and, due to their good condition, a significant proportion of the class is still in operational condition. Around 30 two-car sets survived into the 21st century, with the final units being withdrawn in 2003 from local services around the Manchester area, after no less than 47 years use. In 2005 a 2-car 101 was added to the National Collection.

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