Bachmann Model Railway Locomotive Reviews -
Bachmann Class 66 - Freightliner
The Bachmann Class 66 is a great model and
a must for any modern image layout. It has excellent detailing features such as
a crewman in the cab at one end, meshed grilles on the roof and sprung buffers.
Detailing parts are provided but in my opinion add little but trouble to the
model. The model runs superbly. It makes a powerful sounding noise as it gets
going and although it has only pulled as many as nine average size four axle
hoppers it shows that it is capable of a lot more.
66612 Forth Raider at rest.
Slow speed control is great and all wheel drive and pickups mean stalling is not
a problem. There are no traction tyres. With drive to all twelve wheels they
aren't needed. Lighting is in the form of red tail lights and a top lamp with
headlights on either end. The tail lights will light on whichever end tails the
Loco while the top light and one of the headlights will light (which one depend
on the night and day settings) at the leading end.
The setting is controlled using a switch under the model. The lights are very
good quality and in the blue white colour which is more realistic than yellow.
They will brighten at higher speeds but are mostly constant.
Pulling wagons this loco is very reliable. It's couplings are NEM design and so
do cause some problems such as the couplings missing or coming loose. The Loco
seems very powerful and as such would likely pull far greater than the nine
wagons tested. Bachmann included etched nameplates with my model to go over the
painted ones. I chose not to add these. The livery is very sharp. Freightliner
in my opinion suits this Loco best. There are a lot of good touches such as horn
grilles and chain couplings which make the model look that bit better.
On gradients this model has not been tested but my best guess would be that they
would impact it's performance due to it's reasonably heavy weight. Points are
usually no problem and after a few adjustments to the track the Loco ran
smoothly though all of the points.
Overall this is a great Loco and a balance between pulling power, reliability,
realism and detail are what makes it. If you're looking for a powerful heavy
freight loco for modern image then look no further than the Bachmann Class 66.
At A Glance
Class 66 Locomotive.
produced- EWS, Freightliner, GBRF. Locos produced with various numbers
A Bachmann built Class 66 is now available in EWS livery with inbuilt DCC sound.
from - Most stockists.
the model - Expressmodels for some interesting lighting options.
Class 66 Pictures
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