"James Christie" wrote
Well my initial reaction (without any serious attempt at comparing it with
prototype photographs or drawings) is that it looks like a class 40, runs
like a dream and is nicely finished.
I'm not totally convinced by the size of the split headcode panels, they
look a little on the large size but quick reference to
they were bigger than I recalled, so maybe I'm being a little unfair.
Certainly a massive improvement on both the Lima and Joueff versions, if
only in terms of running qualities, but I can't really imagine anyone
preferring those earlier releases.
Cheap at around £50 discount price!!
I'll second that - I saw one in action on Saturday and it really does look
the business and runs beautifully - looking forward to getting my hands on a
blue centre headcode version :)
They look about right to me - bodes well for the 66 and split-headcode 37 now
that Bachmann are getting it pretty much spot-on following the original 37
Yet you can bet the Lima/Jouef 40s will still fetch silly money on eBay. :-S
btw John, is it prototypical 6-axle drive or have Bachmann listened to the
pleas for more all-wheel-drive locos when they shouldn't have? ;o)
Only if UK modellers are willing to pay the equivalent of 160-200 Euros,
which is what Roco/Mehano etc cost these days. From what I've seen on
various groups, they're only willing to pay this for c*** on E-Bay...
I was surprised that Bachman so extensively redesigned their Peak
chassis without correcting its only serious flaw. Its not just that
only 4 wheels per bogie are driven but more that the bogie pivots in
the wrong place and hence looks wrong on curves. It does lose out on
traction with half the axles sprung and thus reducing the available
adhesion on the driven axles.
I find the 'new' version pulls two coaches less that the old one, only
equivalent to a 24 in fact and way less than Hornby's 50 (without its
So as of now I'm not buying a 40, if it had 6 axle drive I would
definately buy one or more.
Make friends in the hobby.
Garratt photos for the big steam lovers.
This debate is also going on over this side of the Pond.
By all means make locos "DCC Ready" and or "Sound Chip Ready" but make
either DCC or sound an extra cost upgrade. Don't foister it off on those of
us that don't want it, in order to keep the price(s) down for those that do.
Home of the Great Eastern Railway
Roger T. wrote:-
Here is a newsflash. Model manufacturers are in business to make a profit, not
to keep prices down. DCC is coming whether we like it or not. Since it is
infinitely cheaper to fit chips at source than it is at home it makes sense to
offer them already fitted.