Bachmann GE 70ton

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by bnrails, May 16, 2008.

  1. bnrails

    bnrails Green is the way to go


    I'm considering to buy a Bachmann GE 70ton loco.
    Does it run smooth and quiet? And how are the details?

  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I have seen them in hobby shops, but have never seen one run. The detail is very nice. I suspect they run well like any other Bachmann Spectrum model, but I can't say.
  3. Freelancer

    Freelancer Member

    If you get one, be sure to get one of the newer ones with a single motor. I have one of the older two motor kinds and it ran pretty good at first, but now the second motor has problems and bogs down the first motor. The details are pretty good, better than Athearn blue box, but not quite a Proto 2000. Overall I am quite satisfied with mine (when it works properly).
  4. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    Freelancer, a trick that worked on the early GE 44 Tonners would probably also work on your 70 tonner, and that was to wire the 2 motors in series. The first thing that I would do, though is to contact Bachmann. They have a lifetime warranty on all of their locomotives. They might just replace your two motor unit with a new single motor model.
  5. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic


    The 70 tonner is a decent runner. We have one in the LHS I work at. It's stock Bachmann DCC on board, and while not as quiet as a Spectrum or Atlas, it runs very smoothly.
  6. Genetk44

    Genetk44 New Member

    I second Squidbaits comments....I impulse bought a DCC equipped runs smoothly,has pretty good slow-speed characteristics but is a bit noisier than Atlas,P2K...quieter than Athearn blue-box. I'll probably buy more actually.

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