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Bachmann Class 37
 
Username

Tom Davidson

 

Version

37431 ‘Bullidae’ Intercity Livery 32-378

 

Appearance

In my opinion, the Bachmann model captures the look of a 37 very well – particularly the light fittings. The livery wasn’t wholly prototypical, as I think the sides should either have had Intercity logos or a cream colour at the bottom, but the paint finish was crisp and clear.

 

Detail

Take care of the aerials on each of the nose ends, as these can break very easily. I fitted the snowploughs (essential for a Scottish layout) without a problem. 

 

Performance

Oh my days this loco ran well. Although there were some problems with the snowplough catching the track on 2nd radius curves, the motor was so smooth and silent that you could barely tell it was moving when it first set off. Pickup on all 12 wheels means no problems in terms of electrical continuity. A low overall top speed is consistent with a 1980s diesel loco.

 

Maintenance

The high quality metal wheels meant that I didn’t even need to clean the wheels, and no oiling of the mechanism was needed. It really did run like a dream.

 

Comments

Really wish I hadn’t sold this model, now that Hornby have finally released the Mk3 sleeper in Intercity livery. Fantastically smooth and quiet.

 

Overall ranking

9/10 
 
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Username

Paul47500

 

Version

32-783DS Latest Split head code BR Blue DCC sound. 21 pin socket, 6 axle drive

 

Appearance

The latest version of the Bachmann 37 does capture the looks of this "work a day" loco. Painting to the usual high standard but there is a new error common to all these latest releases in that a groove has been modelled under the cantrail grooves that is not prototypical and something has gone wrong with the proportions of the nose. If you’re a real "Tractor" fan you will be put off, however I am happy. A bit of dirtying and it`s good to go.

 

Detail

This model comes with metal cad handrails (but the cab doors do not open , no bad thing) see through roof grill and extra pipes to fit as well as snow ploughs and etched frost covers that aren’t quite the right size. The buffers are not sprung on these latest releases. We had switchable cab and tail lighting at very realistic shades and headcode lights to.

 

Performance

This is usual Bachmann , so heavy , smooth and sure riding. Plus the couplings are on the bogies which to me are far less troublesome than Hornby or Vitrains close coupling body mounted systems. My models have not suffered from over oiling from the factory but some have. Maintenance will require unscrewing the body paying careful attention to not damage the brass lighting contact.

 

Comments

The speaker for this model is mounted in the roof and the sounds are okay , some will be disappointed by a dullness but for the money it is a good model.

 

Overall ranking

I give this model an 8/10 due to the dimensional and detail errors. I have bought more as they are such good value.

 
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