Class 117 3-CAR Dmu BR Blue & Grey
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Announced as part of our Winter British Railway Announcements we are delighted to bring you this Class 117 3-Car DMU in BR Blue & Grey livery. With a wealth of individually controllable lighting features for an authentic experience!
Bachmann has designed the Branchline models of the Class 117 and its sibling, the single-car Class 121, from the rails-up, to achieve a new standard in fidelity to prototype in OO scale DMUs. The model is equipped with a low profile, underfloor driveline that permits reproduction of an unprecedented level of interior detail, with no intrusion from the motor.
- Bachmann Branchline OO Scale
- Era 7/8
- Pristine BR Blue & Grey livery
- 3-Car Unit No. L426, comprising DMS No. W51406, TCL No. W59516 and DMBS No. W51364
- Destination Blinds for Banbury and Oxford
- Accessory Pack
- NEM Coupling Pockets
- Close Coupling Mechanism
- Interior Cab Lighting
- Directional Lighting
- Illuminated Destination Blinds
- Lighting can be controlled by chassis-mounted switches or via DCC
- Length 850mm (over couplings)
CLASS 117 HISTORY
The BR Class 117 diesel multiple units (DMUs) were built by Pressed Steel from 1959 to 1961. When first introduced, these three-car units were all based with the similar Class 121 single carriage (railcar) units on British Railway’s Western Region for suburban work out of London Paddington. The units were largely based at Reading and Southall depots and they remained here for many years working these services.
Withdrawal of other DMUs facilitated moves for some units from the Western Region to Birmingham and Scotland, prior to the delivery of new units to replace them. They were given refurbishments. The first shake up in ownership occurred in the late 1980s, when the Scottish, Welsh, Cornish and Birmingham based units were transferred to Provincial Services, later Regional Railways, in the sectorisation of British Rail, while the Southall-based units transferred to Network SouthEast. They were replaced on the lines out of Paddington when the Class 165/1 ‘Network Turbo’ units came into service in November 1992.
They remained in service on the former Western Region until replaced by Class 150 and Class 153 DMUs during 1993. An attempt was made to remove them from Cornish work using Class 142 ‘Pacer’ units, but these non-bogie units proved to be a liability on the tight curves of the Cornish branches, increasing rail and wheel wear, and so the Pacers were moved to the North of England instead. They were finally replaced when Class 150s and Class 153s became available, having been freed up from other areas. They continued to work in Scotland until January 1998 where they were replaced with Class 156s.
For many years, passenger services on the Birmingham Cross-City Line were worked by elderly Class 117, along with Class 115, 116, 118 and 121 diesel multiple units, but all were withdrawn from service by 1995. In 2000, Class 150 Sprinter units replaced the Class 117 units on Silverlink, finally bringing to an end decades of service on Britain’s rail network.