Bachmann 32-979 Class 66 Diesel 66412 Malcolm Rail OO Gauge DCC Ready (Pre-owned)

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Bachmann 32-979

Class 66 Diesel
Loco Number – 66412
Malcolm Rail
OO Gauge
21 Pin DCC Ready

This model is pre-owned

Condition – Excellent

Out of stock

Description

Bachmann 32-979

Class 66 Diesel
Loco Number – 66412
Malcolm Rail
OO Gauge
21 Pin DCC Ready

This model is pre-owned

Condition – Excellent
Loco is in excellent condition, running well in both directions
With working directional lighting including cab light
Comes with original box which is in excellent condition
Please see pictures

Class 66
Brief History 

English Welsh & Scottish Railway Ltd, owned by the American company Wisconsin Central, placed an order in June 1996 for 250 GM locomotives to replace their freight locomotive fleet. They were based on the successful Class 59 but with a new 3000hp power unit, a top speed of 75mph, radial steering bogies and computer control systems. The new build locomotives were initially classified Class 61, but by the time of entering service they had become Class 66. Between April 1998 and June 2000 the locomotives were delivered to the UK. The improved reliability quickly lead to the rapid withdrawal of BR designed Classes 31, 33, 37, 56, 73, and eventually 58.

Other rail freight operators were quick to spot the advantages of the new design and Frightliner GB Railfreight and Direct Rail Services also placed orders for these locomotives. There are external variations to be found with two types of lighting units, buckeye and conventional hooks , horn grille modification, and different combinations of lashing eyes welded onto the front of the buffer beam. Recent environmental regulations have led GM to develop a low-emission version of the Class 66. The design incorporates a larger cooler group, modified roof grille, extra side door with step, shorter fuel tank to compensate for the larger cooler group and reinforced side cab windows. All new orders for Class 66 post 2005 are now supplied to this design. Enthusiasts have nicknamed them ‘sheds’ because of their shape and the clss can now be found working all over the UK Network. The success of the 66 has now spread right accros Europe with EWS and Freightliner now operating trains in other countries

 

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