Bachmann Steam Locomotive

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Nscalemodeler, Dec 28, 2004.

  1. Nscalemodeler

    Nscalemodeler Member

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    Can anyone tell me what is the quality of the Bachmann steam locomotives? I am looking for a Great Northern 4-8-4 with Vandy tender, but don't have a lot of cash to spend right now. Here is the specific item I am asking about. Is this unit decent, or is it not worth the money. Thank you in advance for the help.

    [​IMG] Bachmann
    4-8-4, With Tender
    Great Northern
    Item Number 160-58161
    N Scale
    Locomotives
  2. Tad

    Tad Member

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    I have a Bachmann 2-8-0 Consolidation and it is outstanding.

    I don't have a 4-8-4 but a friend of mine has one of the 4-8-4's and he is pleased with it.
  3. theBear

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    I have one from the mid '80s that is a very good puller.

    It was the first loco I ran as loco 0 with my new DCC system. With a bit of cleaning, a small amount of lube, and fiddling with driver wheel gauge it still is a real nice hauler.

    I don't know about any of the newer units, so I won't comment anymore than I have.
  4. absnut

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    I have had several of the older Bachmann 4-8-4's and had pretty good luck with them. On three of them, I added tender pick-up which improved performance. I would recommend you look for one of the newer releases, though, as they have an improved motor, improved pick-up, and blackened wheels and drivers. The new frames are also all metal. The new issues can be identified by the packaging..... they come in clear plastic "trays" inside the box. I don't know if the one with the Vandy tender is available with the new works but, the standard ATSF with 16 wheel tender is.

    Dick
  5. Nscalemodeler

    Nscalemodeler Member

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    Thank you all, for the information. I think I'll try it and see how it goes.

    :wave: