Bachmann Europe has unveiled two fresh OO9 Scale models of the Mainline Hunslet Engines named ‘Linda’ and ‘Blanche’.
Commonly referred to as the Ladies, both ‘Linda’ and ‘Blanche’ originated for the Penrhyn Quarry Railway in 1893 and remained operational until its shutdown in 1962. A year later, the Ffestiniog Railway acquired them. Shortly after, these 0-4-0 tank engines were equipped with tenders to enhance their fuel storage.
Subsequently, they were updated with front pony wheels, transitioning to 2-4-0STTs (2-4-0 Saddle Tank with Tender). In the early 1970s, they were modified to use oil as fuel but switched back to coal in 2013 for ‘Linda’ and 2014 for ‘Blanche’.
Bachmann’s latest Narrow Gauge replicas showcase the Ladies in their present-day form, as coal-powered engines adorned in the eye-catching Ffestiniog Railway Lined Green design.
Powered by a coreless motor and flywheel with an all-wheel pick-up, these models come with a Next18 DCC decoder socket, a pre-installed speaker, and firebox illumination, adding realism to each piece.
Customers can opt for the standard model or one equipped with sound.
Initially, both ‘Linda’ and ‘Blanche’ will be available exclusively via the Ffestiniog Railway’s shop, with all sales supporting the continued operation of the popular North Wales narrow gauge line. All versions are in stock now and purchases can be made in person at the Porthmadog shop, or online at.
- Photo credit, Bachmann Europe.
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