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Old 02-15-2008, 08:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have acquired these Bachmann cars over a period of time.
As these cars are similar, I thought this comparison would be helpful to those who may order by phone or Internet.
The small is the a narrow gauge style 20 foot car at 1:22?¬* It is approximately 12 inches long.¬* Couplers are body mounted.¬* Wheels are small 24.5 mm.
The middle car is a standard style car at ??? scale.¬* It is approximately 15 inches long.¬* Couplers are truck mounted.¬* Wheels are large 32 mm?
The larger car is the new narrow gauge style car at 1:20.3.¬* It is approximately 18 inches long.¬* Couplers are body mounted.¬* Wheels are the larger 32 mm.

The last photo is a Bachmann 1:20.3 next to an Accucraft 1:20.3.¬* They seem to be exactly the same size.¬* Next post shows that the couplers mate together quite well.¬* I have not run them to see if they stay coupled.
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Old 02-15-2008, 08:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is the couplers between Bachmann and Accucraft.

The next photo is of the coal load from the 1:20.3 hopper.¬* The coal seems to be in neat rows.

The next photo is the Bachmann hopper on the left and MDC on the right.

The detail on the new 1:20.3 is great.¬* The price is similar to Accucraft AMS.
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My take on the smaller Bachmann cars is that they are 1:24 scale models of 24-foot cars. I found a drawing for that car in one of my references when it came out, but I'm afraid I don't remember now where it was.But it was obvious when I found the drawing that this was exactly the car they had made - in 1:24 scale.

My theory is that Bachmann had these things in development and for some reason decided to release them as 1:20.3 scale cars when they were caught out by the runaway success of the 1:20.3 scale Shay. The cars are clearly not 1:20.3 scale, and they were rather poor sellers as far as I can tell (I have rarely seen them running on a layout).

The middle one, if it's also a Bachmann car, is 1:22.5 scale.
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With respect to whether they stay coupled.... Pulled a train of some 14 cars with my 2-8-0 last night. Tender has a Kadee, mating with the Bachmann one on the two bay hopper that followed, coupled to another two bay hopper, coupled to an Accucraft/AMS boxcar .... even with the weight of the whole train on my curves and minor grades, no problems at all staying coupled.... and that's a transition from Kadee to Bachmann to AMS/Accucraft.

The new metal Bachmann couplers seem to work quite well.

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Posted By Richard Weatherby on 02/15/2008 8:48 PM
I have acquired these Bachmann cars over a period of time.
As these cars are similar, I thought this comparison would be helpful to those who may order by phone or Internet.


The last photo is a Bachmann 1:20.3 next to an Accucraft 1:20.3.¬* They seem to be exactly the same size. Very useful. I will have to be considering purchases of such cars soon enough. Thanks for the post.¬* The size comparison on the older cars¬* is interesting as well.
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Old 02-26-2008, 11:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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IIRC the middle and smallest cars have bodywork to 1:22.5.¬* The latter have details allegedly to 1:20.¬*

According to Bachmann the smallest car is a 1:22.5 model of stock running on the Cairo and Kanewah (sp?) RR, a three footer.¬* Drawings have been published in the Model Press some years ago.

The C & K¬* stock was fitted¬* with the oversize detail as a marketing ploy, which did not workwith 1:20 enthusiasts, and eventuallty the Bachman 'fessed up on the Bachmann Forum

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Posted By samevans on 02/26/2008 11:32 AM
IIRC the middle and smallest cars have bodywork to 1:22.5.¬* The latter have details allegedly to 1:20.¬*

According to Bachmann the smallest car is a 1:22.5 model of stock running on the Cairo and Kanewah (sp?) RR, a three footer.¬* Drawings have been published in the Model Press some years ago.

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There's a drawing of a Cairo & Kanawha Boxcar on page 10 of Carstens "Slim Gauge Cars" [great book, mostly drawings taken from Railroad Model Craftsman.]¬* In the commentary, and I quote verbatim, it says "No actual dimensions were available, but the drawings are probably accurate within 10% and do fit the standards of the era."¬*

"Probably . . within 10%".¬*¬* I hope Bachmann found a better source of drawings for their cars. [img]/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/blush.gif[/img]

Incidentally, I don't find the details on the smaller cars to be oversize.¬* When I bought mine, I was most impressed by the fineness of the metal straps, etc., compared with the clunky soft plastic on the older 1:22.5 cars (middle of pic.)

Richard - Is this coal more more to your liking?¬* (Actually, it's coal from the B&O RR Museum on the left, anthracite from the basement of a guy¬*I know¬*on the right.)

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They say that size is¬*not important.
It is what you do with it that matters
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