Compared to Branchline HO coaches, how well detailed are Bachmann HO
coaches? I've never seen the Bachmann passenger cars and have the
opportunity to get several for about what the IHC cars sell for. My main
concern is that they don't stand out like sore thumbs if in the same consist
as Branchline cars and don't cause operational problems.
The slack in the Bachmann couplers is excessive. The couplers sorta' hang down
are mounted in a lever driven thingee that rotates the coupler as the truck
cars seem a little small, but I don't have a completed Branchline to compare.
feeling is that the Branchline is the way to go..
The main and biggest difference in the two are the under-body details.
Branchline is way up there, Bachmann is very basic and not even any
piping. I find I have to trim off s bit of the centersill of the
Branchline to allow the trucks to turn on my 28" plus radii, where
Bachmann has no centersill at all. I don't like Branchline's couplers
and will in the future change them to Kadees. Branchline coaches are
about 1/2" longer, and the paint is slightly glossier, but not terribly
so. The window panes of the Branchline appear to be closer to the
frame, and not set back like on the Bachmann. The cars would not look
out of place in the same consist, in my opinion, if the under body of
the Bachmann was bought up to Branchline's standard. The couplers on
the Branchline are attached to the body, which might be tough on sharp
curves, I haven't tried that, but the Bachmann's swivel in line with
the trucks so sharper curves are possible. If you like detail, the
Branchline is the way to go, but Bachmann is already to run, Branchline
takes a while to assemble, but this gives you plenty of flexibility. I
like them both, but if I had to make one choice, I would opt for
Branchline due to the closer realism it portrays. On my Branchline, I
have weathered the underbody to show the details better, and it really
does make a difference.
T> Compared to Branchline HO coaches, how well detailed are Bachmann HO
Thanks a lot. That's exactly the kind of thing I needed to know. I
guess the Bachmann in consists that run through from hidden storage and back
to hidden storage without stops would be about all I could use the Bacbmann
for given you info. The bit about trimming the Branchline for 28" is good
to know as well as it lets me plan the inner track of a dual main for 30"
rather than the 28" I had in mind. I've been away from the hobby for a good
long time and also now have severe arthritis in my hands, so avoiding the
trimming is worth the difference in the layout at this point. Knowing that
now let's me avoid a lot of hassle, so thanks for that in particular.