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Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by glennfidduck, Feb 7, 2006.
I'm brand new to G Guage I'm hearing from people to stay away from Bachman Trains. Why?
Everyone has there favorite brand, Heres my take for what it's worth. I run mainly Hartland Products, 1. because they are made in the USA and 2. because I like steam. I have a fair amout of Aristocraft engines and rolling stock - they've been dependable for me. I have some usa boxcars -great graphics but I have to glue peices back on everytime I use them. I have one USA GP-7, After less then a year it would only run in one direction... USA said they would fix it for $100.00 -so much for their warranty ( No more USA for me) I have one piece of ACCUcraft- I love it but it's out of my budget... I have some LGB - very nice, but again rather pricey. Now Bachman - I have three Bachman sets, They all run fine, and were a good value for the money. They are more fragile then the other brands, and occasionally some of them need to have parts glued (sp?)back on.
I also have one of their early Shays- It's a wonderful engine, impressive to watch, however the trucks have a tendency to fall off... In summary, I wouldn't avoid Bachman if you like something of theirs , just be aware that you have do to be more careful with it. ( To be fair I should tell you that I'm a Hartland & Aristocraft dealer, and as such most likely have a bias) Hope this helps...
P.S. If your running outside, don't use Bachman or Hartland track - It's just not rugged enough
He's right I have 1 LGB, 1 Aristo Craft and my favorite engine is a Bachmann Spectrum Climax... So I have 1 of each of the 3 of more popular brands and they are all good engines If you take care of them
Thank you so much for the advice. I'm going to model in the late 1880's to 1900 and the engines I seem to like the most (visually) are Bachman, but have been told the gears strip out easily. I bought some bachman cars to go with a LGB engine I have. Nice engine. but not Old time looking enough for me. I have yet to get the layout started. I'm at the stage of moving mounds of dirt 1 wheelbarrow load at a time to bring the whole layout to about 3 feet high. I have to admit I'm enjoying that too. Thanks again
Rob, I have a total of 16 locomotives, of which 12 are Bachmann, best value for the money. The Anninersary (Annie) 4-6-0 comes in several road names, also in undecorated. The Bachmann Spectrum line is super detailed, for a few more dollars.......I have a Spectrum Climax, New Shay and a Connie 2-8-0 , I have added Sierra Sound systems to these engines.
Of my 65 items of rolling stock, the majority are Bachmann, again great value, I have changed all other manufacturers couplings to Bachmann Knuckle Couplers,
Regards, Danny Sheehan in Oz.
I'm glad to hear it. I apprecitate your experience. Best Maintenance is just to keep them lubricated?
Any one know where to get parts for bachmann g gauge engines? Been going crazy trying to find out where i can get these parts. Need some nylon gears on the drivers
anyone have trouble getting parts for bachmann g gauge?
I been having moderate to heavy problems getting parts for bachmann G scale trains has anyone else have had the same trouble?
Try Bachmann.... i called the phone number & got help immediatly.. The parts (Drive shaft) came within a week..... No charge!!
Here is the direct "Service" info too
Thanks N Gauger , I really do appreciate it ! Thing is I'm a S gauge guy and trying to help a friend who has a ton of Bachmann stuff in HO and G . Myself I'm a flyer dude and have a large collection of American Flyer trains. I'm new to the Gauge here and I really do appreciate the quick response and thanks again.
It's kind of funny most of my flyers were made in 1946 and I can get any part for any engine or accessory reproduction or OEM in a blink but try to get parts for these plastic fantastics is really a chore. Hail diecast ! lol
That's great that you are helping a friend.. makes your appreciation for 'our" help - all the better
~~ Thanks & Good Luck!