Bachmann Spectrum loco purchase

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by eric halpin, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. eric halpin

    eric halpin Eric Halpin


    I am considering adding a new steamer with DCC and sound on board, to the Algoma and Rideau. I am leaning towards either the 4-6-2 K4 Pacific or the 4-8-2 heavy mountain. These trains will not likely haul much more then 15-20 max weighted cars but will have to negotiate a 2% grade. Do any of you have experience with these Bachmann units?

    Perth, Can
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi Eric,

    I know this does not directly answer your question, but I am very happy with my Spectrum locos. So far I have a 2-8-0 and two ten-wheelers. They are good pullers, with the 2-8-0 able to pull more than a dozen cars around a tight (18" radius) oval. This strain may approximate your 2% grade...

    Hope that helps.

  3. eric halpin

    eric halpin Eric Halpin

    Thanks Andrew.
  4. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Eric, I have three Bachmann Spectrum heavy mountains, two with sound and one without, a Decapod with sound and two 4-8-4's. All run great and I like the way the sounds work with DC. I have had some problems with the Decapods, [ 2-10-0's ], without sound, due to they need an insulater strip just above the drivers that isn't there. With the exception of the soundless Decapods, my other Bachmanns have performed flawlessly and will pull very well. You will love em-------JR
  5. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic


    The Spectrum steamers are all excellent locos, very good smooth runners. There were some issues with the first run Mountains about 10 years ago, but I believe they've fixed that.

    I'd go for the Mountain, simply because the K4 is an iconic loco, and people will subconsciously associate the Algoma and Rideau with the PRR! :eek:
  6. jr switch

    jr switch Member

    Eric----have you decided or have you already bought something? Something I might add, I have a dozen steamers, most of them Spectrums, and when my Mantua found a couple spots in the track it didn't like and my Rivarossi was also a little picky and demanded a very clean track, the Backmans couldn't care less and just kept running---
    I have a new Athearn that is a little touchy--------bottom line, I think you'll be pleased with a Spectrum. All my Mountains run great.------jr
  7. Don7

    Don7 Member

    I agree with the comment that the K4 would I identify the PRR association, I would also suggest that you go for the mountain, or if you really want a smooth runner go for the Spectrum 2-6-6-2 (I was so impressed with the first I bought a second for my roster).
  8. nkp174

    nkp174 Active Member

    Wait a mentioned 2 passenger locomotives and a 15-20 car you mean passenger cars or freight cars? Cause 20 HO passenger cars is a very, very heavy train...and longer than any current passenger train (the Amtrak umbrella, under which most modern passenger trains & excursions in the US is capped at 18 cars)

    If you're talking freight... Mountains were dual service engines. The C&O and N&W used theirs for passenger service (later replaced/augmented by 4-8-4s. The NYC & PRR used theirs primarily for freight.

    I'd definitely go with the USRA 4-8-2. Not only is it more general...but I also recall that the K-4, at least as of a few years ago, was not on par with the rest of the Spectrum line (it was the first offering 20 years ago and has be updated a few times).

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