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Bachmann Fairburn

I obtained this loco from Hattons this morning. I paid £51.00 plus postage.
You'll notice I've already fitted kadee couplings, and I'm pleased to report that the NEM boxes are at the correct height, (unlike the std class 4). Straight out of the box this loco was silky smooth on my short test track. For running in I use a Baccrus Rolling road, and when I've complete this I'll remove the body and take a few snaps.
So far I'm delighted with my purchase this is how it should be with every new loco. - Well done Bachmann


Just thought I'd remind you of my recent cruise
 

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The Fairburn looks good, on that point I agree with Doug.
More pics of the same later will also be good, on that I also agree with Doug.

However:-
The picture at the end makes me sick, green with envy even,
so get it off your future posts, you smart arse bugger and stop taunting us with "superior" holiday shots.
Even so glad you enjoyed it and that you still retain your sense of humour, even if reality has now kicked in.
 

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>You'll notice I've already fitted kadee couplings, and I'm pleased to report that the NEM boxes are at the correct height

I fitted my first Kadee couplings last night. I was so disappointed to turn over my Hornby Fowler and find it didn't have NEM pockets
, so this is a piece of good news - thank you.

David
 

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That ship looks familiar.........

Thats it, its the Bachmann delivery ship from China run aground with all the delayed locos ......
 

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So it's all MMad's fault then !!!
He wasn't on holiday at all, just posing as a sea captain to delay Hornby locos.
Get him Gary !! Tell Simon to prosecute !! Off with his head !!
 

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QUOTE I fitted my first Kadee couplings last night. I was so disappointed to turn over my Hornby Fowler and find it didn't have NEM pockets sad.gif, so this is a piece of good news - thank you.

My Fowler has NEM pockets and no 19 Kadee's if I remember rightly. I don't think I can find it at the moment as all my loco's are boxed in a storage racks, along with my coaching stock and wagons. I'll have a look tomorrow
and check that. Re the Fairburn I'll fit a TCS MC2 tomorrow morning and see how it runs. It is very smooth on DC. I'll add a few photo's as well but removing the body is very simple.
 

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>My Fowler has NEM pockets and no 19 Kadee's if I remember rightly. I don't think I can find it at the moment as all my loco's are boxed in a storage racks, along with my coaching stock and wagons. I'll have a look tomorrow

That will be an interesting exercise. I bought mine last May. It has DCC Ready on the box insert, so I would have thought it was a recent production model.

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My Fairburn arrived today also from Hattons. Fully endorse all the above. New Hornby Britannia in the same package - sad to say I don't think it's in the same class ...
 

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Has anyone had any trouble with Bachmann's 4MTs - tanks? I have had the pleasure of trying to rectify two of these - in both cases the rear bogie is incorrectly set. On the first it was so oversprung that the rear drivers didn't even make contact with the railhead. Removing a coil or two didn't help and the darling machine went back to Bachmann. Its replacement was so softly sprung that it is unable to go in reverse without the bogie de-railing - complete lack of side control.

When I took this up with Bachmann they said that, in effect, these locos are unsuitable for use on Hornby track and should only be run on Peco or suchlike..... errrr......

Does anyone have any input on this topic?

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QUOTE When I took this up with Bachmann they said that, in effect, these locos are unsuitable for use on Hornby track and should only be run on Peco or suchlike..... errrr......

Sounds like an old load of cobblers to me.

I have two 4 Std 4 MTs

all the rear nem pocket are at the wrong height, no problem for tension locks but they require a bit of work for Kadee's. I've never experienced the problem with derailing, in fact it's an excellent model. I recall the spring arrangement on the rear bogey is a potential can of worms and not for the faint hearted, so it maybe difficult to adjust the tension but check the Back to Back measurement of the bogies I like 14.4-14.5 with a clock vernier.
 

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QUOTE When I took this up with Bachmann they said that, in effect, these locos are unsuitable for use on Hornby track and should only be run on Peco or suchlike..... errrr......

Strangely I had the opposite experience with my 4MT and the sprung ponies did not like Peco points and kept derailing but were fine over Hornby points. I put this down to the spring being oversprung too as it seemed to lift the loco off the rails and the extra resulting load on the pony forced the pony wheels to ride into the catch rail rather than around it.

The Fairburn does not seem so afflicted.

Happy modelling
Gary
 

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Press Release: Bachmann Collectors' Club Fairburn locomotive sets a new record - 22 December 2006

The Bachmann Collectors' Club limited edition Fairburn tank locomotive (32-875K) in Caledonian blue livery has sold out in just three weeks, beating the record set by 9F 'Black Prince' by a week!

504 examples were produced and each had an individually numbered certificate signed by the locomotive owner Charles Maher. The blue livery was carried by locomotive No. 2085 after preservation for a 10 year period. The two remaining Fairburn tank locomotives were both purchased from British Rail for use on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway in Cumbria. Earlier this year, Bachmann launched the new Fairburn Tank locomotives at Haverthwaite station.

Graham Hubbard, Managing Director of Bachmann Europe Plc said today "we are delighted that the Fairburn tank carrying this livery has proved popular with our members and that they appreciate the added value we have provided in the form of an individually numbered and signed certificate. We have more exciting plans for 2007".
 

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I have 1 of these for a while now
fitted a decoder with no problems as it has a plug fitted
the decoder is up the boiler tube with a small bit of blue tack to stop it coming out
runs real nice,
 
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