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Are all of the Bachmann Class 24s 8-wheel drive and 8-wheel pick up (just like their class 25 models)? I'm almost sure that they are, but I just want to double-check before I go ahead and order one.

The reason I'm asking is that I've noticed that Bachmann has made some changes to their larger Co-Co locomotives... for example their class 37s and 55s... which have been improved. I'm assuming (based on what I've read) that ALL of Bachman's Bo-Bo (and B-B ) UK locomotives have always been all-wheel drive/all-wheel pick-up. Is this correct.

I've only recently got back into the hobby... and recently purchased four Bachmann locos: two class 25s, a class 20 and a Warship. All four of these locos are light years better that any of my old Hornby stuff. Until the Bachmann, I was seriously considering doing a North American layout, for the simple reason that I wanted all-wheel drive/all wheel pickup/centrally mounted motor with flywheel locomotives. These are common in the US market and have been for years. Luckily Bachmann saved the day for me!

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The 24's are all wheel drive and pick-up. I share your sentiments regarding the quality of this drive arrangement, and believe it should be the basic standard for all bogie types. My return to the hobby was prompted by Bachmann arriving with 'something better' (nearly twenty years ago now) otherwise the US scene would have been the choice.

Have to say that once two axles on both bogies are driven it does not matter that much in terms of traction if there are 'idlers' on Co-Co types. I may well look to pick up a cheap or s/h first version Deltic if Bach decide to upgrade this model to all axles driven. Since it can already haul over 30 coaches at a scale 100mph in four axle drive form, that's good enough for me!
 
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