As I had mentioned in my previous post concerning the WGH show at Novi, Michigan, I was somewhat disappointed that more manufacturers weren’t present there. One of the companies that was there was Bachmann Industires and their display was a nice one.
Over the past few years, Bachmann has become pretty aggressive in terms of “moving up” in the model railroad world. For the longest time, they were considered a second level player and that a lot of their products were of trainset quality. But a lot of that has changed recently and they now are among the key players in the industry. Bachmann has offerings in all of the major scales and they also have a couple of different product ranges to meet varying consumer demands. Their better line is their Spectrum products and many of those have turned out to be very good.
A few years back, they introduced the 2-8-4 Berkshire and that has turned into a very nice loco for them. More recently, they introduced the B&O 2-8-8-4 EM1 in HO scale. That model is the first 2-8-8-4 to be pproduced in a high-end, mass market model. More recently, they released that same EM1 in N scale and a sample of that loco was on display.
Of course, you know by now that if it says Nickel Plate, I’m interested and Bacnmann didn’t disappoint me either. They had both their 4-6-0 and the new NKP Heritage Unit #8100 on display in their booth.
While I’m really not interested in O narrow gauge, it is worth noting that Bachmann has been the recent leader in producing On30 models in the past few years. On30 trains are O scale trains (1:48) that run on HO scale track.
Finally, I was able to pick up one of their very nice printed catalogs at the show. Bachmann is one of just a few who still offer print materials in a rapidly changing (read digital here) world. That catalog will provide several evenings of careful review and may even spur a few posts in the future!