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Bachmann B1

12666 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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Anyone know what decoder fits the non split chassis Bacjmann B1 ?
Ah! A Lenz Standard does fit, not my preferred way of fitting a decoder as I like them attached to the chassis with no need for the body but the only way of doing that seemed to be a TCS DP2X-UK which now are incredibly £40 so a previously used Lenz Standartd was a far cheaper option. Regarding complaints in the thread over the tender spacing its only a flat metal drawbar and easy enough to reduce in length or replace. At least its a loco you can handle without too much fear of bits breaking or falling off.
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