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Bachmann Class 25
 
Username
Paul Johnson
 
Version
Bachmann Class 25/2 in BR two tone green SYP D5235   catalogue no 32-411
 
Appearance
It looks like the picture on the box which is a good start. The overall length, maximum width and wheelbase check out, so I should think it is decently dimensionally accurate. Glazing not as flush as it could be. Some people have reservations about the front end shape, but since it clearly is a 25 when compared to photos my opinion is  ‘good enough’. Paint, totems and numbers neatly applied, maybe the lighter green is a little too apple green, could have been slightly more yellow.
 
Detail
The detail is pretty decent externally, very limited in the cab and those front windows are big which makes the lack of any real detail inside pretty obvious. Picking out  the control desk fittings is worthwhile. The pack of bufferbeam parts go on easily, what can be fitted depends as ever on layout curves and the coupler. The cab handrails probably the worst of the detail, they are moulded in a soft greasy plastic. These are easily damaged, and unrepairable; best not fitted and wire used instead in my opinion.
 
Performance
Such a good  mechanism – completely silent, really smooth from a dead slow crawl up to a higher than prototype maximum – it just glides about and all you hear is the wheels clicking over rail joints. The all wheel pick up is ultra reliable. Bach’s 24/25 chassis is consistently one of the best things available in OO, and this particular specimen just happens to be one of the best running models I have ever had from any maker. Ample traction to take any realistic load from a dead slow crawl up to more than a scale maximum speed.
 
Maintenance
It came with adequate grease on the moving parts, and has never needed to be touched to date; unusually for my locos this one doesn’t clock up real mileage as it only does occasional short hauls between ‘ER’ and ‘LMR’ on my layout. A  Lenz 8 pin silver was originally fitted, ran it from a dead slow smooth crawl up to a realistic maximum speed. Since replaced the Lenz with the cheaper Bachmann 36-553 with similarly fine results (the Lenz moved on into a more demanding mechanism which requires the many extra adjustments to the motor drive that this decoder offers).
 
Comments
Good appearance, great performance, completely reliable, it still feels like a bargain having bought it new for about £30 a good few years ago.
 
Overall ranking
10  The minor detail and appearance issues might lose it a point or two in some people’ eyes, but the mechanism’s excellent performance nails it to 10/10 in my book. First and foremost for me, a loco has to operate well.
 
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Username
Bocaj
 
Version
Bachmann Class 25 'D7502', product code 32-406, made in China.
 
Appearance
I'm not too sure about this one's body shape, I've heard on forums and things that the shape is not right, but it looks good enough to me. The livery is spot on, it's in BR Green with late crest. And even better, the printing is also great, the number and BR late crest is spot on.
 
Detail
The detail is outstanding, as usual with Bachmann. Straight out of the box, she has working, directional lighting, cab crew, bogie detail and a number of other things. The directional lighting is very good, the headcode lights up white when coming towards you, and the two smaller lights go red when going away. The rear red lights are a bit too bright I think, they should be a bit dimmer. Then, inside the box, it comes with what looks like a small kit of detailing, it comes with things like the chain link coupilings, and vacuum pipes.
 
Performance
The loco runs very smooth, and goes quite slow until you turn the power up quite high. The motor is quite loud, but does get quieter when it gets running. The motor is located in the middle of the loco, with two fly wheels I think which drives both bogies which makes her very strong. I've had her running on both freights and passenger, and she has been able to handle them with ease.
 
Maintenance
Just treat her like any other loco, but remember to lubricate all wheels, with a very small amount of lubricant. I've not had chance to fit the decoder yet, but it has a 21-pin deocder socket in her, it should not be too hard to fit as there is plenty of room.
 
Comments
A very good loco, Bachmann have done a great job with the loco. She also has the slim Bachmann Couplings in NEM sokets, which makes it easy to remove and replace.
 
Overall Rating
10/10 - She is just briliant! 
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