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Bachmann LMS 2MT Tender


Roger Hart



Bachmann 32-825, Ivatt LMS/BR 2MT Mogul 2-6-0 no ‘46521’ in lined BR WR green livery, late crest on tender. 5-pole motor.  Made in China.



This model is a good representation of the LMS Mickey Mouse Mogul.  Luckily there are several members of the class in preservation so a comparison can be made against the full size engine. The paint finish and printing is excellent and the shade of BR WR Brunswick green is very close to the prototype.  Only a few members of this class were painted in green for locos allocated to the ex Cambrian Railway system on the Western Region of British Railways.  The loco and tender are permanently connected by DCC and power cables which appear to be very large in diameter.  Their appearance can be improved by carefully cutting back on the layer of insulation tape around the cables  



A good selection of spare parts is supplied, which should be easy to fit and robust enough if carefully handled and operated.  



The loco ran well straight from the box and is a smooth performer.  It will pull a reasonably representative set of branch line coaches and a small rake of goods wagons of the period. There are sufficient pickups for steady operation over Insulfrog points.



Use the loco frequently and lubricate sparingly but always in accordance with the Bachmann instructions.  I prefer to use a pen type dispenser of Electrolube.  A decoder can be fitted in the tender body. 



This model is a vast improvement compared with the earlier, and somewhat more basic Hornby model. Also the valve gear representation is an improvement on the similar Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2 tank version from the Bachmann stable. Several versions of the model are available in LMS and BR lined black liveries with both periods of tender crest.  A limited weathered version of 46443, a Severn Valley Railway stalwart can be obtained directly from The Signal Box Model Railways in Rochester.


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