Bachmann Class 37/0 twin head code BR blue diesel

Motive power for a Fen Drayton Sand Train, the last traffic to use our now closed village branch line.




This fourth Bachmann Class 37 will be fitted with an ESU 20x40mm speaker in the fuel tanks, a Bif LokSound V4 21 pin decoder and an AVX 6800uF stay alive super-cap, with over-voltage protection.

The sand train wagons used right up to the end of rail operations on the Cambridge to St Ives branch, were 4 wheel rust coloured 21 ton hopper types. Ready to run options at the time of preparation were Dapol and end of life stock from Hornby. Although the Hornby wagons were somewhat superior in appearance and level of detail, it soon became apparent that the Hornby running characteristics were problematic. Inadequate clearance and excessive lateral play by the wheel sets lead to intermittent rough running. With no obvious remedy apparent, the six Hornby wagons were put to one side and the train was made up with Dapol hopper wagons and a standard Bachmann BR brake van. There is space for a seven wagon train in our standard 4 ft train cassettes.


Wagon Modifications:

Pristine Dapol wagon on the left and after conversion to sand train hopper on the right.

The pristine pale grey hopper and black chassis of each Dapol wagon was painted in a matt rust brown shade.  The original dummy coal loads were removed, smoothed over with polyfilla, re-painted in sand colour and refitted.


Re-mapping the Functions:

We use a Lenz press-button hand controller at our village layout displays. To simplify control, the most used functions have been remapped on to keys 0 to 9, using an ESU LokProgrammer.



The real sand train..... with thanks to Alan


Our sand train (minus the final wagon) traverses the kitchen worktop


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