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Bachmann 31-498SF Class 158 2-Car DMU 158729 ScotRail Saltire OO Gauge DCC SOUND

Bachmann 31-498SF Class 158 2-Car DMU 158729 ScotRail Saltire OO Gauge DCC SOUND

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Class 158 2-Car DMU
ScotRail Saltire

OO Gauge

The pinnacle of second generation DMUs, the Branchline Class 158 combines high fidelity bodyshells with an underframe that’s adorned with separate components depicting the engines, electrical equipment, and auxiliary gear. It’s the livery application which really brings these models to life and every element has been replicated in miniature. Whilst the main colours are spray painted, the myriad smaller logos, symbols and lettering are applied using a specialist printing process, using BR and corporate specification fonts, logos and colours.

Driven by the low-level drive mechanism, which is fitted to each vehicle, the conductive couplings ensure that the two vehicles work together in harmony and enable the use of a single decoder for DCC operation. This SOUND FITTED comes pre-fitted with a DCC sound decoder, providing realistic sound effects when used on both analogue control and DCC straight out of the box.


  • Bachmann Branchline OO Scale
  • Era 9
  • Pristine ScotRail Saltire livery
  • Running No. 158729
  • Two-Car Unit comprising car Nos. 52729 & 57729
  • Destination blinds for Dundee
  • SOUND FITTED - Fitted with a Zimo MX645P22 DDC Sound Decoder – See below for the function list
  • Length 610mm


  • Three pole motor with flywheel providing drive to the inner bogie
  • Twin axle drive
  • Separate metal bearings fitted to each driven axle
  • Trailing axles run in metal pinpoint bearings
  • Electrical pickup from all wheels
  • Diecast metal, multi-stage gearbox, with gearing arranged for prototypical running speeds and haulage capabilities
  • 16.5mm (OO gauge) wheels to NEM310 & NEM311 standards with authentic profile and detailing
  • Working miniature BSI Couplings at the cab end
  • Conductive couplings with integral close coupling mechanism at the inner end
  • Designed to operate on curves of second radius (438mm) or greater


  • Separately applied metal detail parts, including exhaust guards and interior luggage racks
  • Bogies constructed from multiple components featuring brake and suspension detail
  • Separately fitted underframe components
  • Each model is supplied with an accessory pack comprising exhaust pipes, frame extensions and coupling tool


  • Directional lighting, including illuminated destination panels, with Day/Night mode – selectable via the chassis-mounted switches or via a dedicated DCC function
  • Directional lights can be turned on/off at each end independently via the chassis-mounted switches or via separate DCC functions 
  • Passenger saloon lighting – switchable on/off via the chassis-mounted switches or via a dedicated DCC function
  • Cab lighting at the trailing end*
  • Door interlock lights* (*when used on DCC)
  • Authentic light colours and temperatures selected for each lighting application


  • Plux22 DCC decoder interface – one decoder required per unit
  • Easy-access DCC decoder socket located behind removable panel on underside of Car A


  • Two speakers fitted, one in each vehicle, for optimum sound reproduction – fitted to every model as standard
  • Zimo MX645P22 DCC Sound Decoder fitted to SOUND FITTED versions
  • Sound files produced specifically for the Bachmann Branchline Class 158 DMU using recordings from real units
  • SOUND FITTED models operate on DCC and Analogue control as supplied


  • Authentic liveries applied to both vehicles including interior decoration
  • Multiple paint applications employed using BR and corporate specification colours
  • Logos, numerals and text added as appropriate using multi-stage tampo printing using authentic typefaces, logos and colours


  • F0 - Directional Lights - On / Off
  • F1 - On - Warm Start / F13 - On, then F1 - On - Warm Start with Compressor Speed-up / F5 - On, then F1 - On - Cold Start / F5 - On, then F13 - On, then F1 - On - Cold Start with Compressor Speed-up
  • F2 - Brake (Non-Latching)
  • F3 - Single Horn
  • F4 - Two-Tone Horn
  • F5 - Light Engine
  • F6 - Engine Idle / Coasting
  • F7 - Flange Squeal
  • F8 - On - Doors Opening (F1 On) / Off - Doors Closing (F1 On)
  • F9 - Passenger Compartment Lights - On / Off
  • F10 - Guard's Whistle
  • F11 - On - Driver's Buzzer / Off - Guard's Response
  • F12 - On - Driver's Twin Buzzer / Off - Guard's Response
  • F13 - Engine Speed Up
  • F14 - On - Directional Lights Day Mode / Off - Directional Lights Night Mode
  • F15 - Cab Lights (Trailing End) - On / Off
  • F16 - Air Conditioning Fan
  • F17 - Windscreen Wipers
  • F18 - On - Doors Opening (F1 Off) / Off - Doors Closing (F1 Off)
  • F19 - Fade All Sounds
  • F20 - Directional Lights Off (Car A, 57xxx)
  • F21 - Directional Lights Off (Car B, 52xxx)
  • F22 - Station Ambience
  • F23 - Remote Telephone Test
  • F24 - Detonators
  • F25 - AWS
  • F26 - No User Access
  • F27 - Volume Down
  • F28 - Volume Up

Analogue Users: Please note that basic prime mover sounds will operate and will vary according to use when this model is used on analogue control (DC) straight from the box! Directional lights and passenger compartment lights will also illuminate when power is applied.


The British Rail Class 158 Express Sprinter is a Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU), built specifically for British Rail's Provincial Services sector between 1989 and 1992 by British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) at Derby Litchurch Lane Works and outshopped in Regional Railways Provincial livery. They were built to replace many locomotive-hauled passenger trains, thereby reducing cost of operation, and to allow cascading of existing Sprinter units to replace elderly 'heritage' DMUs. The majority of the 182-strong fleet of Class 158 units were built as two-car sets, with 17 three-car units constructed specifically for use on Trans-Pennine services. Similar three-car units were built for use by Network SouthEast but these were converted to Class 159 specification before introduced into service, with toilet retention tanks and other modifications to operate over the third-rail network.

All the Class 158s remain in service today, with operators including ScotRail, Northern, Great Western (GWR), East Midlands Trains (now EMR), and Transport for Wales (formerly Arriva). Former operators include Central Trains. The Class has worked extensively across the UK network, even into East Anglia as far as Stansted Airport and Norwich. Some 158s have been converted to additional Class 159s and now operate for South Western alongside their original classmates.

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