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Bachmann BR 9F
 
Username
Paul Johnson.
 
Version
Bachmann 9F no 92192  in BR black late crest 32-851

 
Appearance
From pretty much every angle , this is a good un. Ran the ruler over the major dimensions, it’s right. This variant has the most common tender that 9Fs operated with, the high capacity BR1F and a very neat model of the type. If being picky one might notice the plain cast top of the chassis block instead of a representation of the frames: that’s something to improve on if ever there is a next generation model. A big improvement can be made by modifying the tender coupling bar to close couple at prototype separation. For some reason Bachmann space off the tender a country mile, even on the closer setting. To enable close coupling most of the representation of the intermediate buffers on the tender front have to be filed off. This detail cannot be seen with the tender coupled on, so no loss to appearance there, and in terms of looks when running it is all gain. A weather sheet can be added too from the tender top to go under the cab (I use black bin liner).

 
Detail
All the practical detail is present, and the brake gear in particular really lifts this model. Be careful around the leading brake shoes as these are easy to dislodge, although they are readily restored with some patient fumbling using tweezers and a strong light to see what you are at. The dome edge and cover plate over the safety valve location are a little heavy, this can easily be scraped down. Feeding a little black paint into the inside edges of the clip in glazing helps the appearance by ‘disappearing’ the mounting flanges. The add on parts have to be tried against layout curves as usual, some will foul on small radius curves so it is ‘suck it and see’ on the layout it will run on.


Performance
An excellent runner straight out of the box, picks up on all flanged coupled wheels, all the pick up wipers making good contact as supplied. The fourth coupled axle is sprung, always an asset for reliable pick up. Good choice of gearing for slow speed drags of a heavy mineral load, but this does limit top speed to a scale 75mph or thereabouts, so it cannot quite replicate the occasional jaunts in passenger service with the famous maximum recorded speed of 93mph on Stoke Bank. The motor has a flywheel (a first in OO RTR steam) which helps smoothness in DC operation, and the chassis is a good heavy lump which means it will pull a prototypical load. Genuinely ready to run: take it out of the box, plonk it on the rails, off it goes. There’s room to lob more weight in if yet more traction is required...


Maintenance
There was adequate grease on the moving parts, and will get more grease as required. Very easy to remove  the body, just two screws, the decoder socket is adjacent a space in the smokebox making DCC decoder fitting a snap. Mine has a Lenz silver and performs beautifully. The mechanism is so sweet running I suspect any competent decoder will do a good job.
 
Comments
At last BR’s best steam design has the model to match.
 
Overall ranking
10  I have gone out and bought more, all above comments apply to subsequent purchases.
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