The Acela by Bachmann is a good, average train set. It's in the Spectrum
line, which is Bachmann's better product. Decent moldings, decent
mechanism. List price is $325. Trainworld offers it at $170 plus s&h.
Scale speeds of 150 scale mph are not uncommon. In fact, the trick is to
limit speeds to prototypical maximums (generally around 60-100mph,
depending on the service for which the lcoco was designed.) The protoype
Acela is capable of speeds in excess of 150mph, if the track is built
It's a good set. Not great, but it is good. Definitely one of
Bachmann's better products in the last 20 years. As to the speed...I've
seen faster (mostly cheap junk locos, however). I see the real Acelas just
about every day outside my window, and the Bachmann model does a good job at
emulating it. I'd have to clock it to see what the real top speed is (or
check out the review in an older "Model Railroader" magazine). Try
Click on "By Keyword", type in "Acela", and print out the resulting
list. Take this list to train shows, libraries, or local train clubs to see
if they have the review issue ("Model Railroader", June 2001, page 16) for
Oh, and you can get more cars and locos for the Acela to get two powered
units and the prototypical consist.
Paul A. Cutler III
Weather Or No Go New Haven
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