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 OO Gauge Diesel Locomotives


CLASS 42 / 43  "Warship" (old tooling)

After the relative success of the three pilot "Warships", an order of 58 locomotives was made which was delivered from 1958 - 1961 in two batches, 33 built by North British (Class 43) and 32 by BR workshops at Swindon (class 42). Based on the German V200 locomotive, the BR machines were powered by Maybache engines (class 42) or MAN (class 43) hydrolic engines. With their light weight design they were able to haul extra coaches on services replacing 'King' and 'Castle' class steam locomotives on express trains in and around the Western Region. Warships were restricted to 90MPH, but for a short while in the 60s were allowed to haul expresses from London Paddington to Birmingham Snow Hill, timetabled to run at 100MPH. This was short lived as the Western Region then imposed a blanket 90MPH speed restriction. Bizzarely after not much time in service, BR took the decision to replace the entire fleet of Western Region hydraulic locomotives with diesel electric locos when most were not much more than 10 years old, something that would make you think that BR was infact overfunded (at least at that point). Two Warship class 42 locomotives can still be seen working nowadays on preserved metals at the Severn Valley Railway and The West Somerset Railway.    

Bachmann class 42 Warship in BR green
Bachmann Class 42 / 43 'Warship' 

Region; Western    Era; 1958 - 1972    Use; Express & secondary passenger, freight     Coupling; Tension lock with no NEM provision     Flush glazing     Not all DCC ready

Bachmann aquired the class 42 / 43 Warship that most of us are familiar with from Mainline (Palitoy) in the 90s, reintroducing it into the ready to run world. Despite the age (1978) of the aquired tooling it was a very pleasing and convincing model. Bachmann added a new chassis to it and 'off it went'.

In terms of detail the pre revamp Warship is still a passable model, (you will be able to tell an older model by the lack of head and tail lights) as the paint job and level of detail from Bachmann are very good. The Bachmann class 42 / 43 comes ready to use straight from the box, but seperately fitted parts are also included for the collector to fit should you wish.

Most livery variants are available, ranging from British Rail (BR) green through to BR blue. All liveries are well applied and lettering is crisp and legible.  

Haulage  capacity from this model is more than adequate, we hauled 10 Bachmann MK1 coaches with the one we borrowed and it still had breath left. Pick up is from all eight wheels, giving good electrical continuity over points etc.

Most of the pre-revamp Bachmann Warship models are not DCC ready, but in 2008 in an attempt to bring the model into the 21st century Bachmann introduced DCC models into the range. Check underneath, or on the box and you will see 'DCC Ready' written, if you don't then it will not be DCC ready. Lack of liaghts is a major flaw for the pre-revamp Bachmann Warship.

In essence the Bachmann class 42 / 43 Warship is a nice looking model, even with its flaws. The new Bachmann Warship is better though. Watch out for models that look very similar but are made by Mainline as these have older chasis and don't pull quite as well. Lima also made a model of the Warship, these are worst of the bunch so buy a Bachmann model if your pocket will allow it. Avoid over priced and over rated Wrenn models. Expect to pay around £30 (2012) for a nice condition second model with its box.

We rate the pre-revamp Bachmann class 42 / 43 Warship when compared with the newer model at 6.5/10










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