The Bachmann Branchline Class 47 Diesel Locomotive is now available in the early experimental blue livery used during the XP64 trials.
D1733 was built at Brush Falcon Works in Loughborough and was out-shopped in primer in April 1964, being despatched to Derby Works for painting into the new XP64 Experimental Blue livery. XP64 was British Railways’ first attempt to develop a new ‘corporate’ image, with a standard livery which would be applied to all locomotives and rolling stock. The official launch of XP64 took place in May 1964 with D1733 hauling a train of matching blue & grey coaches around the country to gauge public opinion of the new livery. Ultimately, the scheme was not adopted by BR – instead a darker shade of blue was chosen for locomotives and whilst the double arrow logo remained, the red background was dropped.
In 2002 and now carrying No. 47853, the locomotive was repainted back into its original Experimental Blue livery whilst operating with Virgin Trains to mark the end of Class 47 haulage on their CrossCountry services. 47853 remains in service today with DRS and is currently based at their Carlisle Kingmoor depot.
- Size/Scale: OO Scale
- Released: Winter 2016
- Number Produced: 504 Certificated Pieces
- Era: 5
- DCC Pin Value: 21
- DCC Status: DCC Ready
- Paint Finish: Pristine
- Length: 255mm
- Features: Directional lighting, Cab lighting, ready to accept a DCC Sound decoder