Bachmann 8750/57xx Pannier Tank Review

Class: Collett 5700/8750 class

Use: Shunting, Light Passenger/Goods

Region:Western

Era: 1929-1966

Preserved examples:

3650 – Didcot Railway Centre on loan to Swindon and Cricklade Railway
3738 – Didcot Railway Centre
4612 – Bodmin and Wenford Railway
5764 – Severn Valley Railway (Ex-LT L95)
5775 – Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (Ex-LT L89)
5786 – South Devon Railway (Ex-LT L92)
7714 – Severn Valley Railway (Ex-NCB)
7715 – Buckinghamshire Railway Centre (Ex-LT L99)
7752 – Tyseley – (Main Line Certified) (Ex-LT L94)
7754 – Llangollen Railway (Ex-NCB)
7760 – Tyseley (Ex-LT L90)
9600 – Tyseley (Ex-NCB)
9629 – Pontypool
9642 – Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
9681 – Dean Forest Railway
9682 – Chinnor & Princes Risborough

Model:

Manufacturer: Bachmann

Reviewed Model:

Bachmann 32-208 Class 8750 Pannier Tank 6757
Since Modified – see Model of the Week 8750 -4612 (click here for prototype info)

Motor: 3 pole Loco-drive

Power: Heavyweight

DCC options: 8 pin dcc ready/fitted

Locoyard Review (of example: GWR livery 8750 class, number 6757)

Detailing:

3.5/5

Cab details limited to hand brake, no opening cab roof but otherwise excellent

Outline/Looks: 5/5

Excellent – chassis in particular sets it miles ahead from Hornby’s open-cab pannier.  Detail differences between 57xx and 8750 class

Finish/Decoration:

4.5/5

Lovely deep green example – no brass numberplates though

Running Qualities:

5/5

Beats all expectations, smooth, quiet with great pick-ups

Relative Power:

5/5

Bachmann have once again produced a model that outclasses the prototype!

Specification:

4.5/5

Cab detailing not as good as more modern models, but as it’s an enclosed tank engine, this is a minor issue.  NEM pockets, DCC socket/fitted versions but no DCC sound version yet.  Not much space for a DCC chip

Value:

5/5

A cheap, fantastic performing model that’s exceptional value for money

Overall Locoyardometer Score: 4.6

Brilliant model that’s exceptional value for money.

Detailometer 3.5, Outlineometer 5, Finishometer 4.5, Motorometer 5, Powerometer 5, Specometer 4.5, Valueometer 5, Locoyardometer 4.6

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2 thoughts on “Bachmann 8750/57xx Pannier Tank Review

  1. You seem to have missed the fact they have numbered it wrongly. It cannot be a 67xx as they were the one class which were never vacuum fitted, being intended purely as shunting engines. Otherwise, a nice model which could benefit from replacing the smokebox door dart and those grossly overscale handrail knobs. Strangely your example seems to not be straight, giving the cab and bunker an interesting alignment.

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    • Hi Chris,

      Many thanks for your comments. Really interested about your mention of the 67xx lineage – an especially valid point! I believe that this particular example (6756) was part of a later batch of 67xx, which like the earlier examples had steam brakes only and classified as a “dock tank”. So yes, it is an interesting (and inaccurate) choice of number.

      Also, your comment about it not being straight is correct and I have to confess that I hadn’t noticed it until you pointed it out! Fortunately it’s not too noticeable from normal viewing angles, but does detract somewhat. The size of the handrail knobs is a product of it’s time; it’s quite interesting comparing it to more recent releases such as the LNER D11 class which are much finer. If you have any pictures of a model improved with finer handrail knobs and smokebox door dart, please feel free to share them.

      All the best,

      Dave

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