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The ultimate oxymoron: Bachmann rules.
« on: September 17, 2007, 10:38:32 PM »
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Between building my new house and preparing for a move, I haven't done anything train related (other than forums) in almost a year.  My 5-1/2 year old son and I had a chance to spend some quality time together tonight, so I decided to set up a HO oval in the basement so he could run some of his trains.  Well, as long as I had some HO track down, why not break out some of my NIB Bachmann On30 stuff and give it a test run.  I've had a Shay with a Soundtraxx decoder for a couple of years, but I also have several other pieces that had never been out of the box.  First, my son ran some of his Spectrum HO steam for a couple of hours.  It ran smooth and quiet, and the level of detail is excellent for the price.  I was fairly impressed.  Then, it was finally the kid's bed time, which meant dad got to play for a while.  I ran my 2-6-0 with a baggage car and two coaches first.  Then, the Climax with skeleton log cars, and finally the 0-4-2 Porter with a couple V-dump cars.  Right out of the box, with no break-in, the stuff ran awesome.  I've loved my Shay since day one, but this was a pleasant surprise.  Whatever Bachmann is doing, I hope they keep it up.  I'm going to order the Consol and a Forney soon, and the new 4-4-0 looks unbelievable.  Watching the pistons and side rods work on the Porter is a hoot.  Of course, the mechs on the Shay and Climax are awesome.  The 2-6-0, for being basically a "train set" loco is as smooth as warm butter.  And they're all so quiet.  The rolling stock is very smooth too.  All I could hear was the clickety-clack of the metal wheels on the rail joints.  I can't wait 'til I have time to install the Soundtraxx decoder in the Climax, because I love the one in the Shay.  I took the extra time to add the cam for sound synchronization, and it was well worth it.  If Bachmann put half this effort into their N scale line, they'd be dangerous.  But, for the mean time, I'll just appreciate how absolutely friggin' awesome the On30 stuff is.

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Re: The ultimate oxymoron: Bachmann rules.
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2007, 03:17:46 AM »
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My only guess is the larger trains are more forgiving to Bachmann's sloppy tolerances. They make nice stuff, but somehow a bunch of duds get out. I notice the flanges on my 2-6-0 are out of round in relation to the wheel.
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Re: The ultimate oxymoron: Bachmann rules.
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2007, 07:32:02 AM »
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I think it's awesome that Bachmann can pull off decent stuff in the larger scales at great prices.  I've happy with their On30 line: the 2-6-0 runs like smooth, but it does suffer from the QC issues Chris describes.  The On30 freight cars are also very nice, and the new boxcar features bachmann's HO wheels that are essentially finescale in O.

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Re: The ultimate oxymoron: Bachmann rules.
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2007, 08:09:34 AM »
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I think Bachmann is really coming along very well as a model manufacturer, in the same way Life-Like was. If only Bachmann had open-spoke wheels on their N scale steam, I'd have a fleet of every one they make. But... I look at those things and think, gee, if Life-Like can do it, why can't Bachmann?
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Re: The ultimate oxymoron: Bachmann rules.
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2007, 05:42:13 PM »
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Re: The ultimate oxymoron: Bachmann rules.
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