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HISTORY

Graham Farish started with production of 00 Gauge rolling stock, by the 1970's they had progressed into N Gauge and soon provided the most comprehensive range of N Gauge Locomotives, Coaches, and Wagons.

Sections
1980
1981
1983
1985
1987
1989
1991
1992
1993/4
1997
1999
Non-Catalogued Locomotives
Releases 1999-2001
Re-releases 1999-2001

1980

The first Diesels were introduced in the late 70's/early 80's. The 1980 Catalogue had the following offerings:-

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
1001 08 LMS  
1003 08 Southern  
1005 08 BR Green  
1007 08 BR Blue Early Number was 08 113
Later ones 08 493

All Class 08s were listed at £12.33 on the February 1980 order form, the New Release sheet for January that year had no new diesels but did list the motorised chassis (1009) for the 08 Shunter.

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1981

No new diesels were illustrated in the 1981 Catalogue, strangely an illustration of a blue Class 47 was shown on the front cover along with the MkI SK & BCK coaches that were introduced that year; these were available in BR Maroon, BR Green, BR Chocolate/Cream, and BR Blue/Grey liveries.

The 1981 Toyfair report showed the new Class 47s and BR Crimson/Cream SKs & BCKs; later in 1981 a catalogue update showed the new Class 37, Blue HSTs and MkIII coaches.

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
8004 47 BR Green Named "Isambard Kingdom Brunel"
8005 47 BR Blue  
8014 37 BR Green  
8015 37 BR Blue  
8125 43 BR Blue 3 Car HST Set

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1983

Much activity on the diesel front in 1983; the Class 20 was all introduced, the Class 47 went 'Large Logo' and the Class 101 DMU appeared. One casualty was the loss of the Southern 08 Shunter. The 1983 catalogue had these additional diesels:-

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
8007 47 BR Blue Large Logo Named "County of Hertfordshire"
8204 20 BR Green  
8205 20 BR Blue Early Number was 20 142
Later ones 20 139
8133 101 BR Green 2 Car DMU
8135 101 BR Blue/Grey 2 Car DMU
8136 101 BR Blue 2 Car DMU
8137 101 BR White 2 Car DMU
8143 101 BR Green 3 Car DMU
8145 101 BR Blue/Grey 3 Car DMU
8146 101 BR Blue 3 Car DMU
8147 101 BR White 3 Car DMU

The class 37 and 47 shared a similar motor chassis and both contained working headlights, this idea was soon dropped and later models included the slot for the bulbs but no wiring or diodes; both classes cost £30.95 in 1983.

The HST suffered from a bad engineering idea as it tried to replicate the real thing and put a motor bogie in both the front and rear Class 43 power-cars! This was an excellent idea in theory but impossible to implement as neither motor bogie ran at exactly the same speed. This had the affect that either one power unit dragged the other or the rear power unit pushed the front, this normally ended in disaster with the coaches between power units being pushed off the track on curves or over pointwork. The other problem was that the motor bogie was easily starved of power on pointwork causing the units to stop and judder. The HST set (with centre coach) cost £41.95.

Unfortunately the DMU suffered from the same motor bogie as the HST, this was worsened by the fact that the DMU only had one of them, the units often became stalled over pointwork; the running of the DMU was erratic at best! The units cost £23.95 & £27.95 for the 2 Car and 3 Car units.

New MkIII coaches were produced to match the HST units, a TS/TF/TRUB and strangely a SLEP sleeper car! These coaches suffered from being under-scale and looked strange when coupled with the HST set or a diesel locomotive; this error was not ironed out until the end of the 80s.

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1985

The 1983 catalogue was re-released in 1985 with a sticker confessing to include all the latest releases.

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1987

There was a large jump in the range of diesels between the 1985 and 1987 catalogues. Classes 25/40/50 all appeared, Deltics and Westerns and the AEC Railcar; the HST was also updated with the latest livery. The 1987 catalogue listed these additions:-

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
8126 43 Intercity Executive  
8114 40 BR Green Named "Atlantic Conveyor"
8115 40 BR Green  
8116 40 BR Blue Named "Aquitania"
8117 40 BR Blue  
8174 AEC GWR Brown/Cream  
8175 AEC BR Green  
8176 AEC BR Crimson/Cream  
8304 25 BR Green  
8305 25 BR Blue Early Number was 25 326
Later ones 25 288
8404 50 BR Blue Large Logo Named "Temeraire"
8405 50 BR Blue Large Logo Named "Vanguard"
8406 50 GWR Green Named "Sir Edward Elgar"
8414 55 BR Green Named "Argyll & Sutherland Highlander"
8415 55 BR Blue Named "The Black Watch"
8416 55 BR Blue Named "Alycidon"
8424 52 BR Green Named "Western Emperor"
8425 52 BR Blue Named "Western Gauntlet"
8426 52 BR Maroon Named "Western Courier"

There was a huge increase in the depth of the diesels offered in 1987, however some of these seemed to be available for a very short time. To compliment the HST executive livery MkIII coaches were produced, this year also saw the first MkIIs; a TSO and FO were offered in BR Blue/Grey. The existing range of Mk I coaches was improved with RMB and BG types.

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1989

The 1989 catalogue had more losses than gains; the Class 50 was no longer available as Temeraire, the Class 55 lost Alycidon (although this was available in limited supplies during 2001), and the Class 40 Atlantic Conveyor also disappeared.

The Class 52 Western fleet was reduced to the BR Maroon variety only, similarly the AEC Railcar was now only available in GWR Brown/Cream. The major addition in 1989 was the Class 33, this was available in BR Blue and BR Green.

The Class 47 fleet was enhanced with Scotrail, Distribution, Intercity Executive and the early Network South-East livery; the Distribution version originally to be Railfreight Grey a small batch were produced but never released. The concise list of additions to the 1989 catalogue are:-

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
8001 47 Scotrail Named "Waverley"
8008 47 Distribution Sector Named "The Silcock Express"
8018 47 NSE Named "County of Norfolk"
8026 47 Intercity Executive  
8314 33 BR Green  
8315 33 BR Blue  

The coaching range was enhanced to include MkIIs in NSE, Scotrail and Intercity Executive. The MkI BG range was extended to include the new BR Executive and Scotrail liveries as well.

The cost of a Class 37/47 has risen to £49.95 by 1989, the new Class 33s being £41.50, the same price as the Class 25s and 20s.

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1991

The 1991 supplement saw a number of the diesels gain modern (well in 1991) sector liveries, the Classes 33/37/47 were all given the treatment.

The HST was given the new Intercity Swift Livery, the old Executive liveried stock being discontinued. New additions were the Class 91 Electric, its matching DVT arrived a year later. The concise list of additions to the 1991 supplement are:-

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
8027 47 Parcels Named "Track 29"
8036 37 Coal Sector  
8037 37 Petroleum Sector  
8038 37 Metals Sector  
8127 43 Intercity Swift  
8316 33 Construction Sector Named "The Burma Star"
8317 33 Distribution Sector  
8408 50 NSE Named "Superb"
8807 91 Intercity Swift Numbers 91004, 91005, 91007, 91013

The coaching range was substantially changed, the under-scale MkIIIs were replaced. New Intercity MkIIIs were introduced including a TGS coach, at last a full HST set could be run.

Mk IVs were also made, the correct FO/TSO/RFM/TSOE being produced in the then latest Intercity livery. Parcels and Rail Express traffic was not forgotten with Post Office POS and BG coaches.

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1992

The 1992 supplement outlined changes to the Classes 08/20/47, the new Railfreight liveried Class 20 only being produced in a handful before being renumbered. The Class 101 DMU was given NSE and Regional Railway livery updates. The old NSE liveried Class 47 was also replaced by the newer version.

The Class 91 Electric finally gained its matching DVT, on the DMU front a Class 158 2-Car unit was introduced as well as a 3-Car Class 159 version in NSE colours. The concise list of additions to the 1992 supplement catalogue are:-

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
1006 08 BR Red Named "Thomas"
1008 08 Railfreight Grey  
8024 47 NSE (Later)  
8025 47 Rail Express  
8028 47 Intercity Swift Named "Fire Fly"
8131 101 Regional Railways 2 Car DMU
8148 101 NSE 3 Car DMU
8208 20 Railfreight Red Stripe Small batch number 20 137
Main batch 20 215
8707 158 Regional Railways 2 Car DMU
8748 159 NSE 3 Car DMU

Three new types of GUV van were produced.

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1993/4

The 1993/4 catalogue saw the Class 56 arrive; the Class 101 was also available as a Limited Edition in Strathclyde Orange/Black livery.

The Railfreight Class 20 was very short-lived, the renumbered version (20 215) never made it into the 1993/4 catalogue. The concise list of additions to the 1993 catalogue are:-

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
8055 56 BR Blue  
8056 56 Construction Sector  
8057 56 Coal Sector  
LE814A 101 Strathclyde Orange/Black Limited Edition

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1997

The 1997 catalogue was basically a new cover on the 1993 version, in the intervening four years little had been added except for some Special Editions. Classes 33/37/47/56 were all given new liveries, the new Class 31 was introduced strangely only in Civil Engineering as a Special Edition! The full list of additions were:-

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
8022 47 Watermans Named "Lady Godiva"
Special Edition
8312 33 Civil Engineering Named "Sultan"
Special Edition
803D 37 Mainline Blue Named "Rail Celebrity"
Special Edition
805D 56 Loadhaul Special Edition
805E 56 EWS Named "British Fuels"
Special Edition
806A 31 Civil Engineering Special Edition

No new coaches were launched in this catalogue, the main basis being the batch of Limited Editions, the success of these can be measured by the extent that these were still reasonably available in 2001 when most other locomotives were scarce!

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1999

The 1999 supplement to the 1997 catalogue outlined a radical change in the production of Diesel and Electric locomotives and DMUs. The full range of Class 31s appeared as did the new Electric classes 87 and 90, some odd releases were the Porterbrook liveried Class 47 and the half-hearted attempt at a Class 57 in the newly released Freightliner livery.

The biggest new liveries were the range of EWS locomotives; Virgin and Great Western locomotives and HST's. The range shown is listed below:-

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
8002 47 Great Western Named "SS Great Britain"
8064 31 BR Green  
8065 31 BR Blue  
8067 31 Regional Railways Named "Wigan Pier"
8122 43 Great Western  
8128 43 Virgin  
8825 90 Rail Express Named "Penny Black"
8827 90 Intercity Swift Named "BBC North West"
8828 90 Distribution Sector Named "Freightconnection"
8835 87 BR Blue Named "Stephenson"
8837 87 Intercity Swift Named "Royal Scot"
100G 08 EWS Special Edition
800A 47 Virgin Named "Totnes Castle"
802C 47 EWS Special Edition
803E 37 EWS Named "Loch Rannoch"
Special Edition
804A 57 Freightliner Green Named "Freightliner Pioneer"
Special Edition
806B 31 EWS Special Edition
831A 33 EWS Special Edition
882A 90 Virgin Named "The Law Society"
883A 87 Virgin Named "City of Birmingham"
LE801A 47 Porterbrook Limited Edition

A number of new coaches were issued to match the new locomotives. A single MkII TSO was issued to match the Regional Railways Class 31, no BSO was ever made. Only TS and TF coaches were produced in the short-lived Great Western livery meaning that a full HST set could not be achieved as the TGS and TRFB coaches were missing. Also no MkII Great Western coaches were produced making the Great Western Class 47 a little redundant!

On the reverse side nearly all relevant coaches were produce in Virgin livery, a full Cross Country HST set could be made with the correct TGS/TS/TF/TRSB MkIIIs. If locomotive haulage was more your style then all the Mk IIs were available, TSO/RFO/BSO (First time a MkII Brake Coach was produced) and even a FO if you wanted to produce a West Coast set.

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Non-Catalogued Locomotives

There were a number of locomotives that were released but didn't make it into the catalogue, they may however, have been advertise in leaflets or supplements.

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
8006 47 BR Blue Large Logo Named "Lady Diana Spencer"
8023 47 Distribution Sector  
8208 20 Railfreight Red Stripe Main batch 20 215
100F 08 EWS Special Edition

The Railfreight Class 20 was a short lived livery, apparently Farish had real problems with the quality of the red stripe, it is reported that only 300 were produced before they were withdrawn. The EWS 08 shunter 100F was so popular that before the catalogue could be printed another run was produced and coded 100G.

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Releases 1999-2001

There were a few releases after the final 1999 catalogue was produced, a few of these releases sent Farish back into the post 'Blue' era, strangely 37 408 "Loch Rannoch" was chosen even though this locomotive had already been issued in EWS livery.

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
8035 37 BR Blue Large Logo Named "Loch Rannoch"
8066 31 Railfreight Red Stripe  
80211 47 Virgin Named "Graham Farish"
83111 33 BR Blue Named "Captain Bill Smith RNR"
LE841A 55 Porterbrook Named "Gordon Highlander"
Limited Edition

The Virgin 47 and Blue 33 were issued with new pseudo-Bachmann numbers (they were prefixed FA). A number of items (Class 158's and HST's) were nearing completion before Bachmann took over, they were not released.

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Re-releases 1999-2001

In the final flings of Farish's existence there were a few re-releases of previous models. The Class 37 in Coal Sector and BR Maroon Western were given new numbers/names. The Class 50 and 55 were back in production using old bodies; obviously a box was found in the Poole factory!

Cat No. Class Livery Comments
8036 37 Coal Sector New Number 37 696
8404 50 BR Blue Large Logo Named "Temeraire"
8416 55 BR Blue Named "Alycidon"
8426 52 BR Maroon Named "Western Consort"

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