Bachmann Engines

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by TruckLover, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    :wave: Hi All, I have a question about Bachmann Engines.

    Im on their web site and Iv'e never looked at there engines before and I saw that thier engines are much less expensive.

    Can somebody please tell me why this is? The description says it even comes with DDC on Board?? What is that, is it like DCC ready? Maybe these engines are dummies?

    I am so confused :confused:, someone please help me!!
  2. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    I should have said some of their engines. I got to the SD45-2 and the DASH 8-40cw and there a lot more than the one's listed before.

    Now what about the one's that are $60 and under? They say DCC on Board, again what does that mean?

    I saw some that were $35 to $40. Are those dummy engines? Those did not say DCC on Board.

    Any Help Welcome

  3. mr. bubbles

    mr. bubbles New Member

    i've been told that bachmann engines arnet as good quality as atlas or proto 2000 and some of the other bigger brands. i mostly run athearn and proto 2000, my uncle runs atlas and kato mostley. so i stick with those.
  4. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Thanks Mr. Bubbles.

    I like the the Athearn, Proto 2000, Atlas and Kato ones to.

    anyone know about Bachmann Spectrum Series Dash 8-40CW. Are they a good engine? Do they run ok?
  5. wickman

    wickman Member

    :wave: I have 4 of the backmann with the bachmann dcc on board and they seem fine there the EMD GP35 canadian Pacific. I also have a dozen bachmann steamers that I can't really say I've tried yet.
    I think perhaps the bachmann engines decoders aren't the best of quality but are adaquete. Are the engines your looking at equiped with sound or just a plain decoder?
  6. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    They are have just a decoder and I was looking at the GP35 and GP38 but then I saw that they have the Dash 840-CW. These are Labbled Spectrum Series and are $160.00 each.
  7. wickman

    wickman Member

  8. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Wow I never knew about trainworld. They have the Bachmann Spectrum Dash 8-40CW for $69.99 and they are $160.00 on Bachmann's Web site.

    :thumb: THANK-YOU wickman, I will have to search trainworlds web site and see what I can find.
  9. wickman

    wickman Member

    sometimes your better to look for the engine you want then as long as its dcc ready you can spend 20 bucks for a half decent decoder or go all the way and install a soundtraxx qtsunami This site has the best prices I've ever found for decoders and all the other dcc goodies I've made all my dcc purchases from him :wave:
  10. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Thats what I have been kinda doing. Sure I have been looking at the one's that come with DCC AND SOUND but there way to much money for me.:cry: I'll stick to DCC Ready and DCC equipted for now. The sound can come later if I want it, Which I sure I will. :D

    Thanks for that DCC web site. I'll check it out after that trainworld web site.

    Thanks for your help wickman.:thumb:
  11. wickman

    wickman Member

    NP Josh
  12. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    You didnt say where you got it, ebay, a dealer, on line dealer???

    You just paid to much.

    Shop around, it pays.

    The are good engine s and run a long while, there are better of course and cheaper.

    I dont see paying $300 plus for an HO engine that is why I have HO and not so much O any more.

    Hower ever you get what you pay for, I like Bachman and Athaern. Good quality and affordable.
  13. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    It depends wether its spectrum or not. Spectrum= best from bachmann.

    some of the lower down stuff is alright, but you could probably use the money you'd spend on that locomotive on something better.
  14. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    The spectrum shell and paint job for the Dash-8 isn't the best. I'd save for an atlas one. Recent bachmann spectrum is good, but some of the early ones could be better.
  15. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Thanks Green_Elite_Cab.

    I might just do that. Maybe I will buy 1 Dash 8 from Trainworld and see how they are.
  16. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    I have both in steamers, a o4o bachman and a Mountain type C&O 4-8-2in a Spectrum. Both are fine with me but niether has much time on them.
  17. Tim K

    Tim K Member

    I purchased a pair of Bachman GP-35's a couple of months back.

    I was looking for something for my two children to run and learn with that was DCC equipped and reasonably cheap.

    They have logged a lot of run time (more than any other Loco's I have ) and they have performed flawlessly , one engine was a little rougher sounding out of the box than the other and the detail is not the same as an expensive Genesis or Gold series engine but they are well worth the $35.00 a peice I paid for them ..

    Tim K
  18. wickman

    wickman Member

    That sounds like the ones I have and so far they work great. The rails are a bit delicate is the only thing I noticed:)
  19. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    :wave: Thanks for the info guys.

    But I think that the only bahmann engines I will be getting now are the Dash 8-40C and the Dash 8-40Cw

    The rest are going to be athearn kits.
  20. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    You should go for the atlas ones if you can find them cheap on the internet somewhere. they are a hundred timed better.

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