2019 Bachmann Catalogue

James Day

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Just been sent the link to the 2019 Bachmann Catalogue - Large Scale begins at page 218 (it is a big catalogue)


My particular interest was in the Large Scale Thomas range, which seems to be in slow decline. There is only one set now: Percy and the Troublesome trucks. $509 dollars! (In sterling that works out as 'Far Too Expensive!') Although the planned Diesel Shunter is dead and buried, all of the locos introduced so far are still shown, including the Thomas and Percy with Sound. Although there are no new mouldings or re-liveried vans, there are surprisingly some new colours for tankers: Toffee, Water and Chocolate Syrup!

Not sure on the status of this range is in the UK these days. There was almost nothing at the Midlands Garden Rail event last weekend, although the busiest layout with trains ruunning all the time and a constant audience was er.... Yes that is right - Thomas!

Bachmann catalogue Thomas in N Gauge as well as what they call HO, although I think their HO TTE range is really 00, but of course it is not sold here.

Can't comment much on the rest of the Large scale offerings, as that is not my bag.

Hope you enjoy a virtual flick through the many, many pages!

James
 
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The Large Scale (G) Thomas Series appears to have 3 new liveried Tank Wagons.
 
beavercreek

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Interesting that they have a few of the Fn3 models still featured although they had a 'fire-sale' with the Climax and the C19 to get rid of inventory over the last year or so.
It looks very much like, from the experience of the past few years, Bachmann will probably not do any more new models for G scale especially Fn3 (1:20.3).
There may be some new colour schemes and liveries of old models but that seems to be it.

Bachmann brought out some damn fine Fn3models (shays, climaxes, heislers, 2-6-0, 2-6-6-2, C19 etc) but although they were fantastically detailed, they could also be a bit fragile because of this.
The 'small' clientele that would have bought those models new form a retailer have diminished somewhat, and there are plenty of used ones to acquire if you feel the urge or even the last few new ones at the 'fire-sale' prices.

Thomas is a good range for the young (and old!) to enjoy as is the venerable 'Anniversary 2-6-0 but they are quite pricey for what they are ... again there is plenty of reduced price or used stock around so again Bachmann do not now receive the payback that they need to have the determination to produce new models.

It is a shame that Bachmann have drawn in their horns over G scale/FN3 but you can't blame them... smaller numbers of folk buying Fn3 DC/DCC American outline whilst live steam and wireless battery increases its popularity.... smaller numbers of people doing off the shelf G scale even Thomas is having a bit of a struggle...

It costs so much for a manufacturer to design and produce a new range that they have to be able to sell vast numbers to cover production costs and make a profit.
Our hobby is a wee bit in decline, especially as far as new stock purchases are concerned and indeed this may well be due to the ton of used equipment that can be accessed.
The economy has been a major factor of course.

USA Trains have only brought out new liveries or colour schemes for the last 5-10 years or so.
LGB/ Marklin also have not brought out many new models, preferring to re-livery older models and they are expensive retail-wise.
Piko bring out a few new models to expand their range but also rely on repaints
HLW haven't brought out a new model for zonks

Bachmann brought out the C19 2-8-0 after consulting FN3 and G scalers as to what they would like to see on the market.... they produced a really fantastic model but then found that the advice did not match the wallets... a really costly model would have hardly recouped the production costs.....

BUT.. we are a resourceful bunch so kitbashing and scratch-builds can 'create' 'new' models of our own.... if we have the skills!
 
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I noticed there are no diesel offering in large scale.
 
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Interesting that they have a few of the Fn3 models still featured although they had a 'fire-sale' with the Climax and the C19 to get rid of inventory over the last year or so.
It looks very much like, from the experience of the past few years, Bachmann will probably not do any more new models for G scale especially Fn3 (1:20.3).
There may be some new colour schemes and liveries of old models but that seems to be it.

Bachmann brought out some damn fine Fn3models (shays, climaxes, heislers, 2-6-0, 2-6-6-2, C19 etc) but although they were fantastically detailed, they could also be a bit fragile because of this.
The 'small' clientele that would have bought those models new form a retailer have diminished somewhat, and there are plenty of used ones to acquire if you feel the urge or even the last few new ones at the 'fire-sale' prices.

Thomas is a good range for the young (and old!) to enjoy as is the venerable 'Anniversary 2-6-0 but they are quite pricey for what they are ... again there is plenty of reduced price or used stock around so again Bachmann do not now receive the payback that they need to have the determination to produce new models.

It is a shame that Bachmann drawn their horns in over G scale/FN3 have but you can't blame them... smaller numbers of folk buying Fn3 DC/DCC American outline whilst live steam and wireless battery increases its popularity.... smaller numbers of people doing off the shelf G scale even Thomas is having a bit of a struggle...

It costs so much for a manufacturer to design and produce a new range that they have to be able to sell vast numbers to cover production costs and make a profit.
Our hobby is a wee bit in decline, especially as far as new stock purchases are concerned and indeed this may well be due to the ton of used equipment that can be accessed.
The economy has been a major factor of course.

USA Trains have only brought out new liveries or colour schemes for the last 5-10 years or so.
LGB/ Marklin aslo have not brought out many new models, preferring to re-livery older models and they are expensive retail-wise.
Piko Bring out a few new models to expand their range but also rely on repaints
HLW haven't brought out a new model for zonks

Bachmann brought out the C19 2-8-0 after consulting FN3 and G scalers what they would like to see on the market.... they produced a really fantastic model but then found that the advice did not match the wallets... a really costly model would have hardly recouped the production costs.....

BUT.. we are a resourceful bunch so kitbashing and scratch-builds can 'create' 'new' models of our own.... if we have the skills!
Couldn`t put it better Mike.
 
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S'all right.. We don't mark spolling these daze.. Grandma is not checked very well ether.. :rolleyes:;):rolleyes:
 
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S'all right.. We don't mark spolling these daze.. Grandma is not checked very well ether.. :rolleyes:;):rolleyes:
Fr Fred does, and gets upset if it's wrong ;)
 
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Fr Fred does, and gets upset if it's wrong ;)
Yebbut, at least it doesn't get marked.

Don't get me wrong, spelling and grammar are at the heart of effective communication but, if you ain't got it, wot's the problem? It's not as if we're writing complex documents on here ......... most of the time :devil::devil:
 
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Afternoon all. Drizzle here, but I still had to test outside!

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A very recently repaired loco!
 
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One bit of news (to me at least) in this catalog that may be of use is the re introduction of the large scale metal Two Truck Shay bogies. These still show as out of stock in the spares section of their website. Mind you $US 375 per pair excluding shipping and tax/duty may make for a hefty repair bill over here! :(
 
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One bit of news (to me at least) in this catalog that may be of use is the re introduction of the large scale metal Two Truck Shay bogies. These still show as out of stock in the spares section of their website. Mind you $US 375 per pair excluding shipping and tax/duty may make for a hefty repair bill over here! :(
I have a set which I have had for a few years, waiting for my older Shays' plastic bogies to crumble...but they keep on going!