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Bachmann B1

12669 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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I was considering just a single B1 on my Preserved line(bit of modellers licence),but wondered if the forthcoming LNER green 1123 might be worth having?I'm not too fussy about details,just as long as it would be able to haul four Lima maroon Mk1s or budget Gresley teaks.
Thanks Kristopher.I'm none-too-fussed about a super high spec model particularly,but rather one in the LNER apple green colours.I know that there's always a chance of the 1306 Mayflower one day,but I'd liked the idea of a fictitiously-preserved example & apple green is a popular preserved livery(4472,4771,8572 & 1306).
I realise that Hornby's has very accurate touches,but I'd always kept my distance from Bachmann's chassis too.
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