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Bachmann B1

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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 have had a new Hornby B1 'Roedeer' in wartime LNER livery for about a week, and it has worked perfectly straight from the box. The detail on it is superb, the shape is spot on and looks at least a £50 better model than Bachmann's new DCC ready version.
I compared the two closely at Transport Models in Preston. The Bachmann model is little more than a Hornby 'Railroad' equivalent.
This is dissapointing as the last 3 locos I have bought from Bachmann ( 3F, G2A and a 7F have all been superb models, and the 7F especially looks and runs like a dream).
In my opinion the Bachmann offering is worth no more than £65 especially as they don't offer a DCC fitted version so if you are using DCC you have the cost of a decoder on top.
My Hornby B1 was £110 DCC fitted so if I'd gone for Bachmann's which was £80 then added the decoder on top there was not much difference in price
Save up and go for the Hornby B1 is my advice
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