Network Rail Yellow Class 37 by Graham Farish.

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Network Rail ‘departmental Class 37 No. 97 303 stands at Barrow Hill shortly after overhaul.

Four Class 37 locomotives in the departmental Class 97/3 number sequence were allocated to Network Rail around 2007 for various duties including the development of ERTMS cab signalling on the Cambrian line and autumn rail head treatment trains. The locomotives were prepared for their new duties at Barrow Hill in 2007 and 2008 after being withdrawn from regular service and, in some instances, a protracted period in store. Numbered 97 301-304, three of them have centre head code panels whilst one has rebuilt bonnet fronts which are flush with marker lights. All four locomotives are finished in Network Rail yellow livery with a mid grey roof and bonnet tops. Bonnet side grilles and shoulder grilles are painted black, as are the underframes. The large radiator grille is finished in the main body colour. It is worth mentioning that the main body colour adopted for Network Rail locomotives and rolling stock is different to warning panel yellow, a feature correctly replicated on the model.

NR Class 37-4

The Graham Farish model represents 97 302 (37 170) and is based on the new tooling for the 37/0 released a couple of years ago which replaced the old Poole designed model.

NR Class 37-2

It features an upgraded mechanism with all wheel drive and electrical pick up. The motor is fitted to a large die-cast chassis with brass fly wheels. Room has been left for working lights, cab interiors and a 6-pin DCC interface socket.

NR Class 37-3

Overall, the model has good proportions and subtle tooling of grilles and roof details. One incorrect feature is the use of round buffers instead of oval ones on a model representing a Network Rail Class 97/3.

NR Class 37-1

Livery application is clean and sharp with a subtle satin finish to the colours. Lining and printed details are well executed and the correct type face has been used to print the locomotive number on the cab sides and bonnet fronts. Bachmann has applied a different shade of yellow to the bonnet fronts to that applied to the body, recognising the differences between Network Rail and warning panel yellow. The buffer beams are correctly painted red and can be detailed using the supplied detailing pack which includes brake pipes and coupling hooks.

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No. 97 304 in the Deltic shed at Barrow Hill.

The model was released at the same time as a Class 37/0 in EWS livery offering the chance to include such locomotives on layouts based on an up to date theme. The Network Rail Class 97/3 could turn up almost anywhere given the wide range of departmental duties for which they are employed. The model proved to be very popular, as most models finished in NR yellow seem to be these days!

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