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Bachmann 35-500 Class 117 Speed Whiskers

Bachmann 35-500 Class 117
3 Car Suburban DMU W51391 W59501 W51949
In BR Green with Speed Whiskers Livery.

Option of 35-500 or 35-500SF

4 In Stock Ready to Order!

Unit Prices:
£330 – Analogue. 
£388 – Plux 22 Pin Decoder Fitted 
£420 – ESU V5 Bachmann Sound Fitted (No Speaker Mod) SF Version
£440 – ESU V5 Olivia’s Sound Fitted (Speaker Mod)

Additional Options
£ 1  –  Per Passenger  10 for £8
£ 7  – Driver (Per Cab)
£10 – Remove Nem Coupling & Fit Detailing

Additional DCC Options
£10 – Cab Light Mod (Lights on/off in direction of travel)
£30 – Working Red Tail Lamp (See Footnote) Fitted at Power Car End Only


Plux 22 Socket controls all 3 Cars
Internal Lighting throughout all 3 Cars
Directional Route Indicator Light on Lighting Function (Directional)
2x Destination Lights Operate on a Function
2x Cab Light Operation on Function
2x Sugar Cube Speakers pre fitted to both Power Cars (See our comments)

No Driver Fitted (Option to have fitted)
Pick ups from Bogies to Chassis are the poor style that causes flickering (Updated FOC on DCC Fitting)
Cab Lights work at both ends only
Speakers are pathetic Standard Bachmann new sugar cube System

Class 117  1st Generation ESU V5 Olivia’s DMU Sound Functions:
June 2020 35-500 / SF Model Only

Function Commands:

F0:- Directional Route Indicator Box On/Off 
F1:- 4 Engines Start Up/Shut Down
F2:- Single Horn.
F3:- Double Horn.
F4:- Brakes Releasing.
F5:- On = Buffer Clash. Off = Coupling
F6:- Interior lighting On/Off
F7:- On = Guard to Driver. Off = Driver to Guard (Buzz Buzz)
F8:- Guard Door Slam
F9:- Drivers Cab Door Slam
F10:- Flange Squeal.*
F11:- On = passenger doors slam. Off = Dispatch Whistle
F12:- Drive Hold. ( Old Notch up/Down) See a further explanation Below***
F13:- Rail Clack.*
F14:- Cab Lights x2 (Directional with Cab Light Mod)
F15:- Destination Lights (Both Ends) 
F16 :- Red Oil Tail Light On/Off Unique on this Model see Footnote
F17:- On=Fade Out (reduces sound Doppler effect to 25% Volume) Off=Back to normal setting
F18:- Brake 1 Option (Slows Loco down 50% Quicker) without using Speed Controller
F19:- Brake 2 Option (Slows Loco down 65% Quicker) without using Speed Controller
F20:- Brake 3 Option (Slows Loco down 85% Quicker) without using Speed Controller

* Flange Squeal only operates at low speed turns off over 15mph
*** Drive Hold this replaces notching up & down which was quite hard for us to explain & Locked the Engine rev. Using Drive Hold Press F12 Nothing will happen until you select the speed you require. Still the Loco will not move until you turn off F12 the trick using this is to turn this off before MAX Revs are reached, if not the Loco revs will decrease back to idle. Once the Loco has set off you can increase the speed & engine revs as normal


The British Rail Class 117 diesel multiple units (DMUs) were built by Pressed Steel from 1959 to 1961. When first introduced, these three-car units were all based with the similar Class 121 single carriage (railcar) units on British Railways Western Region for suburban work out of London Paddington. The units were largely based at Reading and Southall depots. The units remained here for many years working these services.

Withdrawal of other DMUs facilitated moves for some units from the Western Region to Birmingham and Scotland, prior to the delivery of new units to replace them. They were given refurbishments. The first shake up in ownership occurred in the late 1980s, when the Scottish, Welsh, Cornish and Birmingham based units were transferred to Provincial Services, later Regional Railways, in the sectorisation of British Rail, while the Southall-based units transferred to Network SouthEast. They were replaced on the lines out of Paddington when the Class 165/1 ‘Network Turbo’ units came into service by 28 November 1992. 

They remained in service on the former Western Region until replaced by Class 150 and Class 153 DMUs by 21 May 1993. An attempt was made to remove them from Cornish work using Class 142 “Skipper/Pacer” units, but these non bogie units proved to be a liability on the tight Cornish branchline curves, increasing rail and wheel wear, moving to the North of England instead. They were finally replaced with the advent of more Class 150s and Class 153s freed up from other areas. They continued to work in Scotland until 12 January 1998, where they were replaced with Class 156s.

For many years, passenger services on the Birmingham Cross-City Line were worked by elderly Class 117, along with Class 115, 116, 118 and 121 diesel multiple units, but all were withdrawn from service by 1995. In 2000, Class 150 Sprinter units replaced the Class 117 units on Silverlink, finally bringing to an end decades of service on Britain’s rail network in front line service.

All DMU’s when originally built never had a Red Electric Tail Lights.
Bachmann have released all previous DMU’s with Directional Lights which most Units did eventually get fitted BUT in the early 80’s, so all BR Green/ BR Blue & BR Blue Grey DMU’s ran with a Red Oil Lamp on the rear. This was the Guards job to make sure it was fitted to the rear vehicle. During daylight hours it did not have to be lit only if trains went through long Tunnels. This Model is a clear example of how they ran in this livery. The unit would only have the Route Indicator light lit (2A20 or 2A65) on the front of the unit & a Red Oil Tail Lamp on the rear. We can fit an operating Red Oil Light using F16 Functions Command.

Please note Destination indicators stating where the train was going, always had the same destination on Front & Rear. This was for passenger information. The Top Route Indicator Boxes was for Signalmen & other staff to be aware what this train was. As time went by and signal boxes was replaced by Power signal boxes, the need to show a Route indicator destination on all trains was not needed so they was Plated over during the mid 1970’s. So if you look at all Loco’s & Units they had a transition period starting with the Original Destination Indicators, which was in the form of 1st Box, stating the Classification of the train, i.e 1 was Express Passenger and the 2nd Box showed the rough area the trains final destination. (A) was London (S) Scotland with the 3rd & 4th Boxes indicating some sort of order e.g  1A01 might have been the 1st Express Class 1 Train to London on that day.

The 1st noticeable change came in the Early 1970’s when overnight it was accepted that all trains could now carry 0O00. This was a vast saving not having to replace the Blinds that Drivers had to wind round every time they reached a destination that got damaged.

Next came the Domino effect as most people called it . This was when the Blinds was removed & the Glass Panels painted Black just leaving a clear glass Circle to let all the light come though. Next the Glass was removed & a Metal Plate fitted. Early on the light was allowed to penetrate through a glass cover, next a sealed Unit was encased in the Metal Plate. The 1st Mainline Loco to be built with a proper Headlight was the Class 56 in 1978. It was not until the Late 1980’s that all mainline Loco’s had headlights fitted & it was not until the mid 1990s was it compulsory that if the headlight did not work the Loco/Train could only proceed at 20mph until fixed.

New P&P Cost UK & International From July 2020
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£6 Royal Mail upto 10kg (Recorded Delivery 2-5 days) from postal Date
£10 DHL Next Day Delivery upto 10kg (from pick up schedule)

£20 DHL upto 2kg insured to £300
£30 DHL Insured to £800
Over 2kg we will discuss the weight & insured value on a per order valuation.

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