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Bachmann B1

12662 Views 44 Replies 14 Participants Last post by  kristopher1805
I got a new Bachmann B1 (61180) for Christmas and I regret to say it's a disappointment.

Certainly runs better than my previous split chassis version but it has retained the crude tender coupling and the resulting, by todays standards, huge gap between loco and tender. The tender also has two peg-holes on the tank top for which I see no part to fit, it doesn't have the big cylindrical thing (!!) on the tank top I have on 61132 and the "toy" coal load doesn't seem to be removable.

Not good Bachmann - a rush job? - not thought through? - cutting unnecessary corners? On this evidence it won't be hard for the Hornby version to be far better and worth the extra money over this Bachmann "railroad" equivalent.

If Mr Bachmann reads these forum pages, I'd be interested in hearing the excuses.


PS I'm sending it back to the retailer anyway as the crude tender coupling is not properly fitted and I'm not prepared to have to repair a brand new item. Quality control???
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Saw Model Rail review of Bachmann and Hornby B1. In terms of % scoring the Bachmann one doesn't seem too bad. But Model Rail missed an opportunity to show both side by side. I wanted to see if the tender gap is that noticable. Still thinking I'll go for Bachmann on the grounds of QC and price but I would like to see if the tender gap is an issue

Thanks guys. I'm in no immediate rush , so will wait it out and see if the prices drop as with the 4MT.

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