Announced as part of our Autumn 2020 British Railway Announcements, we are delighted to bring you GBRf’s celebrity Class 66/7 No. 66779 ‘Evening Star’ in its wonderful Brunswick Green livery which makes a great addition to our range. Fitted with a driver figure and featuring directional lighting, this model takes realism to the next level.
This model joins the previously announced model of Evening Star without SOUND FITTED (item No. 32-983).
- Bachmann Branchline OO Scale
- Era 9
- Beautiful GBRf Brunswick Green livery
- Etched name plates
- Accessory Pack
- Driver Fitted in the Cab
- Directional Lighting
- Length 285mm
CLASS 66 HISTORY
The Class 66 is a type of six-axle diesel electric freight locomotive developed in part from the Class 59, for use on the railways of the UK. Since its introduction the class has been successful and has been sold to British and other European railway companies. In Continental Europe it is marketed as the EMD Class 66 (JT42CWR). Placing what was termed as "the biggest British loco order since steam days," EWS placed an order for 250 units in May 1996 to be built at the EMD plant in London, Ontario, Canada; the first locomotives were ready in 1998. They were given the Class 66 designation in the British classification system (TOPS). In 1998 Freightliner placed an order for further locomotives. They were followed by GB Railfreight, and then Direct Rail Services. The last of more than 500 built over an 18-year period was No 66779, Evening Star, delivered to GB Railfreight in spring 2016.
Class 66s are synonymous with the contemporary UK rail scene, operating for all the major freight operators including DB, Freightliner, GB Railfreight, Colas Rail, and DRS, and they are set to dominate the domestic locomotive fleet for many years to come.