Offering a brand new 00 gauge locomotive especially developed by “Bachmann Branchline” as part of their DCC READY series. This Class 85 (TYPE AL5) Electric in BR Electric Blue with an early adapted emblem has a running number E3058 model reference 31-676. This locomotive is in faultless condition and complete! Includes original service sheets inner card and part sealed accessories.
From the late 1950s onwards, an increasing number of mainline passenger lines were being converted to electric operations as part of a nationwide modernisation programme. Lacking a range of suitable existing locomotive designs, British Railways engineers and planners devised a series of prototype classes to evaluate electric locomotive operational requirements.
Five initial types were produced, numbered from AL1, with the largest class of all by volume being the AL5, of which 40 were built at BR Doncaster Works from 1961. The AL5s were intentionally designed by BR Engineers to be operated on the soon to be electrified West Coast Mainline, WCML route which connects the cities of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh.