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Bachmann Model Railway Locomotive Reviews -  BR Standard 76000 4MT

Author "Daniel Hull" (forum member)

Recommended - This model is Recommended to purchase. Recommended models should be fully featured and have only a few minor mechanical or detailed limitations. For a railway model to be rated as "Recommended" a model must score 8 or more. Bachmann 00 BR Standard 76000 4MT (32-592)" Rating 9/10

The Standard 76000 4MT was introduced in 1952, designed by riddles, the man responsible for all the BR standard classes, it was based on the Ivatt “Mucky Duck” 4mt 2-6-0 (Also made by Bachmann), the design was followed quite closely, matching the cylinder sizes, wheelbase and boiler pressures etc, however the 76000 were a lot more aesthetically pleasing than their ex LMS ancestors. The design used the standard chimney and cab.

Bachmann 00 BR Standard 76000 4MT (32-592)

Built at Doncaster and Horwich the 76000 class could be found on Eastern, London Midland, Scottish and Southern regions. The southern region engine all having BR1B 4725 gallon tenders, unlike the other examples which used the smaller BR2 and BR2A tenders with a 3,500 gallon capacity.

They were used regularly on secondary and cross country passenger duties, being synonymous with workings such as the Portsmouth to Cardiff run. British Railways Black was carried throughout and both crests were carried according to the period. Three examples have been preserved, 76017, 76079 and 76084, 76079 being a regular on both the East Lancashire Railway and the mainline, having been down running the Cambrian Coast Express for the last 3 summers.

Again Bachmann have done themselves proud as you can see, the appearance of the model is fantastic, but there is one detail missing which I am surprised Bachmann have left out! The example I have here is 76079 (32-952) and as far as I’ve researched the engine had a speedometer cable on the rear left wheel all it’s working and preserved life, now Bachmann I seem to remember claiming being the first model maker to put speedometer cables on their locomotives, to name a couple the standard 5mt and 4mt tank had them, but this one doesn’t. Apart from that the model looks the part, the tender is closer coupled than the 9F and with the fittings added looks right. Even with the fittings fitted it will go round 2nd radius curves, but make sure the vacuum pipes on the front do not foul the front coupling, I had mine chuck itself at the scenery before I worked that out.

It runs well out the box as we’ve come to expect from Bachmann, but did have a bit of speed wobble, I found out this was caused by the valve gear being loose and tightened the screw half a turn to improve the running.  76079 will haul a decent length train, and happily goes up grade with 8 coaches on my layout, I don’t think many more would be tolerated by it though. Another feature I like was the tender coal, this can be removed and provides simple scope for detailing with real coal or a lower load of coal.

Now for the details, the Bachmann 76000 comes either DCC ready or DCC fitted, the current examples to choose from are DCC ready - 76079LC, 76069LC and 76053EC and DCC fitted 76020EC, 76079 and 76020 have the BR2 tender and 76069 and 76053 the BR1G. According to Bachmann’s website 76079 will be available November/December with the EC as it is currently preserved. Other features include NEM couplings, sprung buffers, pretty much standard features of Bachmann models these days. But how much does it cost I hear you ask, well they retail at 85 DCC ready and 98 DCC fitted, but however I managed to buy mine for 74 new including postage, so if you hunt around you may find them cheaper. Another point I will make is of the 4 already released they are easy enough to find except 76079LC (the one I have) which is getting harder to find.  


Standard 76000 4MT Features:

NEM couplings
Sprung Buffers
DCC ready or fitted

Removable tender coal

Overall: So to put it briefly, the Bachmann 76000 is stunning to look at, and looks better with the fittings added, runs well from the box, but may have factory imperfections that need adjusting. If running on tight curves, adjust the vacuum pipes or take off the front coupling. Its available with different tenders, either DCC ready or fitted, all in all a nice purchase that will fit into most steam era layouts.

So to conclude I give this model 9/10 because it’s very good, but I’m not sure about the speedometer cable being right, and I also had to tighten a screw on the valve gear. Apart from this it is near perfect.

Standard 76000 4MT Pictures:

 BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T at Pickering 76079 76079

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