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Bachmann class 66. Different versions?

Posted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:33 pm
by Traksy
Hello all!

I have the opportunity to buy myself a class 66 from Bachmann and I'd probably get the Freightliner livery however it seems there are two versions of it detailwise!
One of those has metal handrails and one has plastic ones. Why is that? Unfortunately I can't examine closely any of these and I was wondering if there are other differences between the models? When it comes to price both are similar so of course I'm trying to get most for my money. I am mostly interested in the details. :)

Thank you!

Re: Bachmann class 66. Different versions?

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:24 pm
by martin_l_jones
I've had a quick look at my photo's on you tube of my 66's and it appears as tho' 66209 has white possibly oplastic handrails. I will look tonight, however all the others appear to be wire.

The maybe white painted wire handrails.

The livery differences are obvious however the front panels below the cab are also different between types.

There are also the low emission 66's which have an additional access door and steps down the side.

Skip thro to about 4:20 and the 66's start, you can see the differences for youself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnbr7gAl ... g&index=18

Re: Bachmann class 66. Different versions?

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:53 pm
by Traksy
I think I got it now. The difference in the locos are because they represent different subclasses of 66. However Bachmann have done some slight modifications to their loco tooling. The older version is the one that has 8-pin socket and metal handrails and the newer version has 21-pin socket (to accommodate DCC Sound), plastic white handrails and an on/off switch for the back lights. There is no difference in the level of details or accuracy save for those above.

Re: Bachmann class 66. Different versions?

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:07 pm
by martin_l_jones
I'm sure this discussion has taken place already on here...

However, the early models, 8 pin as you say had a day / night running switch whereas the later models now have a tail light on / off switch which is much better when running with a rake of wagons.

Not sure exactly which model but cab lights were also introduced and are controllable with the F1 function button.