Bachmann 35-127SF Class 20/3 20312 DRS Compass (Original)
We are delighted to be able to offer you this modern-day take on the classis Class 20, with the Branchline Class 20/3 No. 20312 in the popular DRS Compass (Original) Blue livery.
Technical features include working directional head and tail lights and cab lighting, whilst this SOUND FITTED model features realistic running sounds including various Horns, Warm or Cold Engine Start, Wagon Snatching & Buffering and much more; see full details of the sound functions below.
- Bachmann Branchline OO Scale
- Era 9
- Pristine DRS Compass (Original) Blue livery
- Accessory Pack
- NEM Coupling Pockets
- Sprung Buffers
- Powerful 5 pole motor with twin flywheels
- Interior Cab Lighting
- Directional Head and Tail Lighting with Day/Night modes
- Lighting can be controlled by easy-access switches or via DCC
- SOUND FITTED - See below for function list
- Length 190mm
F0 - Directional Lights – On/Off (plus Light Switch Sound)
F1 - Warm Engine Start-up / Shut-down (With F8 On - Cold Engine Start-up)
F2 - Brake
F3 - Single Horn (Speed Related)
F4 - Two-Tone Horn (Speed Related)
F5 - On - Light Engine / Off - Heavy train
F6 - Engine Idle / Coasting
F7 - Speed Lock
F8 - Cold Start (engage F1 before F8)
F9 - Flange Squeal (Speed Related)
F10 - Guard’s Whistle
F11 - Buffer Up
F12 - Coupling
F13 - N/A
F14 - On - Night Mode Directional Lights / Off - Day Mode Directional Lights
F15 - Detonators (Speed Related)
F16 - Priming Pump
F17 - Wagon Snatching & Buffering
F18 - On - Driver’s Door Open / Off - Driver’s Door Close
F19 - Fade All Sounds
F20 - Nose End Directional Lights Off
F21 - Cab End Directional Lights Off
F22 - Cab Light On (Only when Stationary)
F23 - Window Wipers
F24 - Compressor
F25 - Spirax Valves
F26 - Shunting Mode
F27 - Volume Up
F28 - Volume Down
Analogue Users: Directional lights and basic Prime Mover (engine) sounds, which vary with speed, plus any other automated sounds, can be enjoyed when using this model on analogue control (DC) straight from the box!
CLASS 20/3 HISTORY
The British Railways Board's (BRB) 1955 modernisation plan called for a change to alternative forms of traction and manufacturers were asked to produce trial or initial designs for evaluation. English Electric adapted an existing design based on an export model for a 1,000bhp diesel and 20 were built as a pilot scheme for assessment.
The first batch was built in 1957 and the diesels were assigned to work from Devon's Road depot, East London. The design was a success from the start and by 1962 a total of 127 had been built. Following assessment of all the Type 1 diesels, BRB placed a further order increasing the total to 228 by 1968 and the design became the BR standard for 1,000bhp diesel locomotives. With the introduction of TOPS the locomotives were designated Class 20 and renumbered 20001 to 20228. The locomotives were principally designed for freight work but also saw service on summer passenger trains where train heating was not required. The Class 20s worked over the Eastern, London Midland and Scottish regions as well as into Wales and were commonly associated with coal traffic. The only drawback the Class had was its single end cab, unlike modern designs that have a cab at each end. BR resolved this problem by regularly operating the Class 20s as pairs, nose to nose, and with the combined power of 2,000bhp they were able to haul the heavier block freight trains.
BR's decision to switch to Type 5 and in particular Class 60 diesels in the late 1980s started a gradual withdrawal of the fleet, with just 28 left by 1994. A tribute to the design is that after 45 years the Class is still in service with DRS on mainline duties following refurbishment, the resulting locomotives being designated Class 20/3s. At least 28 of the class are now preserved.