December 2, 2016
To mark the thirtieth anniversary of Network Southeast (NSE), Bachmann has released ‘Capital Commuter’ train packs, one of which features a 2-car Class 416 2EPB unit, a resin and etched metal station building together with platform units and some NSE related paperwork to represent the role of the third rail network. The whole package is presented in a stout box with nicely illustrated inserts depicting some of Edward Pond’s work. Edward Pond (or Eddie Pond as he was known in standard class) was the artist responsible for the interior murals applied to the inner bulkheads and partitions of NSE trains. They depicted scenes from the route on which the trains were allocated and that was extended to route branding applied to the exterior of some stock.
The outer lid of the NSE train pack (30-430).
The interior inserts feature artwork from Edward Pond, the artist who that created the route related interior murals for NSE rolling stock.
A station building and platform unit finishes off the presentation box set.
2EPB No. 6414 is represented, finished in the last version of NSE livery.
Note the Kent Link route branding which was applied to 2EPB and 4EPB units together with displaced 4-Cap sets allocated to the North Kent lines.
The 2EPB model is Bachmann’s highly acclaimed standard OO gauge model with interior lighting, 5-pole motor, DCC socket and associated electronics. Close coupling cams are used to couple the cars together. A 2-Hap model is soon to join the Bachmann third rail stable which also includes 4-Cep and MLV models.