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32-738Z Bachmann OO Gauge Class 66 66136 YIWU-LONDON DB Livery TMC Limited Edition

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Expected release date is 30th Apr 2018

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TMC have commissioned a Class 66 locomotive No. 66136 which carries the Yiwu – London branding as well as full DB red livery. This train is known as the ‘Silk Road’ freight which is derived from the ancient trade route which conveyed Chinese silk and other goods overland on horseback to Europe and elsewhere.

Yiwu in Eastern China is the starting point of a weekly freight service which transports containers by rail, London becoming the 15th European destination of these trains with some twenty more planned for future implementation. The journey of some seven and a half thousand miles takes around 14 days by rail which after leaving China travelled via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France enters the UK via the Channel Tunnel. Because of gauge changes, the containers are transferred twice on to different container wagons, these changes taking place at the borders of China/Kazakhstan and Belarus/Poland.  Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan all use a track gauge just a fraction under 5ft, whilst China, Poland, France and the UK all use standard gauge 4ft 81/2”. Transferring containers from one rake of wagons to the next, is certainly quicker than bogie changes which can take several hours. The service is quicker than the journey by sea and offers faster loading and unloading times. It is also much cheaper than the equivalent air freight costs.

The locomotive was prepared for the arrival of the first train on 18th January 2017 in front of the assembled press at Barking Rail Freight Terminal. The Yiwu – London graphics were applied for the launch event and it is in the condition that the locomotive is being manufactured.

The Bachmann OO Scale model (32-738Z) produced exclusively for TMC will be available early in the new year. Alternatively, the model can be weathered by TMC for an additional £30. For further information please contact TMC.


Barcode: 803393052010

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