By browsing the following timeline you might get a sense of how Graham Farish progressed with N gauge. They started out very modestly, with wagons, a few coaches and a Pannier Tank locomotive. In the early years it seemed as though models were being added relentlessly, with later years not necessarily seeing so many chassis releases (although there were still many), but modifications to gear material, changes to packaging, new armatures, and so on. Reading this in tandem with the catalogues (included under the catalogues section) you will get a real sense of how Graham Farish evolved at Poole.

1970Graham Farish enters the N gauge market

First N gauge items produced are flexible track / live frog points and goods wagons
1971 First motive item produced, the 9400 Pannier in GWR Green

First coaches produced, four-wheeled in Second, Third and Brake First

First train sets, the GWR Goods Set & GWR Passenger Set

First N gauge catalogue, November 1971 (actually an A3 colour poster)

Steam: 9400 Pannier
1972First bogie coaches, Suburban 57'

Second motive addition to the Farish stable, the J69 Holden Tank (advertised in 1971 but available from 1972)

Steam: J69 Holden Tank
1973Introduction of "Grafar" branding instead of a Graham Farish
1975First tender locomotive released, the 4-6-0 Hall Class

Steam: 0-6-0T Standard Tank / 4-6-0 Hall Class
1977Battle of Britain / Merchant Navy tender locomotive released

Pullman coaches introduced

Steam: Battle of Britain / Merchant Navy
1978Rebranding; Grafar dropped for Graham Farish, new logo / type font introduced which is still recognisable to this day under Bachmann. Original version of the current logo was gold on black.

New open style, 3-pole motor introduced, replacing the Mabuchi can motor. The new design was recognisable up to the Bachmann takeover and beyond, albeit as a 5-pole variant. The first "all new" design to sport this new motor was the 61XX Praire, although earlier releases were also redesigned.

Steam: 2-6-2T 61XX Prairie Tank / 0-6-0T General Purpose Tank
1979First diesel introduced, the 0-6-0 Class 08 Shunter

Steam:4-6-0 Class 5MT
Diesel: Class 0-6-0 Class 08

Introduction of the familiar black windowed card stock boxes, initially gold logo/font on black, with vacuum formed plastic tray. This type of packaging was used up until the Bachmann takeover and was sourced externally.

Wagon / coach wheels and axles changed from plastic moulds to metal around February with an insulated section. These later took on the infamous name of "pizza-cutters" due to the large flange.
Steam: 4-4-0 Class 4P (Duchess Class)
1981Switch to sprung couplings (previously only used on the first Panniers and wagons). The sprung coupling patent previously belonged to Arnold, expiring in this year.

Stop making fixed track and utilise Roco track instead. Continue to produce flexible track and points.

Branding colours changed late in the year from gold on black to yellow on black.

First purpose-built diesel chassis built for the class 37/47.

Diesel: Class 37 / Class 47 / Class 43 HST (motor bogie version)
Steam: 4-6-0 Castle Class / 4-6-2 Class 8P
Diesel: Class 20 / DMU Class 101 (motor bogie version)
1983White nylon gears introduced, instead of the previous brass.

Diesel: Class 25 / Class 50
1984Keeping the same design, the 3-pole motor was replaced with a 5-pole variant in March.

HST released in March with single motor chassis instead of two motor bogies (one in each driving car). Boxes still advertised "2 power cars!" but this was covered with a sticker stating the model now had a 5-pole motor.

Diesel: Class 55 / Class 43 HST (motor chassis version)
1985DMU Class 101 released in January with single motor chassis instead of motor bogie.

Diesel: Diesel Railcar / Class 52
Steam: 2-8-0 Class 8F / 0-6-0ST J94 Saddle Tank
Diesel: Class 40
1987Black plastic gears replace white nylon gears

Steam: 4-6-2 Class A3
Diesel: Class 33
1988New coach moulds - dispensing with separate window sections, a single piece clear moulded coach body was developed, being spray painted to various liveries. This applied to MkI/II/III coaches. Whilst allowing more print detail, they had a lack of texture.
1989AGW Electrical Handbook released

The Professional Approach to Model Railways book released
Electric: Class 91
Steam: 2-6-4T Standard Class 4
Diesel: Class 158
1993Stock boxes acquired a yellow band at either end.

Graham Farish initiate their own production of controllers after the bankruptcy of their supplier, AGW of Staveley, Derbeyshire.

Cease making any of their own track

Steam: 0-6-0 Class 4F / 2-6-0 Class 6P5F
Diesel: Class 56
Diesel: Class 159
1995Type IV armature released

New size Type II armature released

Steam: 0-6-0PT 57XX Pannier Tank
Diesel: Class 31
Electric: Class 90
1996Unpainted locomotives released, but withdrawn after 2 years

Steam : 0-6-0PT 57XX Collett Tank / 0-6-0T 3F Class
Steam: 4-6-2 Class A4
Diesel: Class 57
Electric: Class 87
2000Graham Farish sold to Bachmann Industries in December. Operations continued at Poole with much of the sales being a run-down of stock.
2001Bachmann close the Poole factory mid-year, shipping the tooling and other assets to China. A delay in the release of new / existing models ensued, pushing up the price of second hand / existing shop stock.

This signified the end of "British N gauge" as it had been known up until this time.

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