Bachmann Proto N Alco RS2 - Buy or avoid?

Proto N - 75118 - Alco RS-2 "Union Pacific" #1295.
On sale but I cannot get to the shop so it'll have to be mail order. However
I wanted an RS2 and the Athern one is probably about twice the price.
Spec seems good (although I am slightly concerned about body mount couplers
as I am of necessity going to have curves down to 10.5 inch radius). Plan
is a re-paint for my own short line.
Good? Bad? Buy or avoid?
Any comments welcome on this.
Regards
Mike
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Mike Smith
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I rate Kato, Atlas and Lifelike N at 9 to 10/10, and Bachmann at 8 to 9/10.
The RS-2 is short enough that its body-mounted couplers won't have much of a problem with truck-mounted couplers on sharp curves. But do make sure that a) you use easements into the curves (ie, a section of large radius track at each end of the curve), and b) have a good track base.
cheers, wolf k.
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Wolf K
Thanks Wolf, I am new to US outline and still finding my way.
I did try what I have (mixed Atlas and MP freight stock with a Bachman and an MP loco) and to my surprise they managed on a rather tortuous test track made up of Fleichmann 7.5 inch radius curves, including their curved points with no breakaways. They even pushed smoothly (well with a bit of a bump) over a Fleichmann double slip, one of the old kind known to cause problems due to its proprietary flange ways. I am not suggesting this was a good thing, and I will be using Peco track for the layout with minimum 10.5 inch radius curves, but it suggests I should have smooth running.
I'll buy the RS 2 - I just like the look of them and it seems to fit with a run down short line.
Regards
Mike
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Mike Smith

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