Bachmann BR Standard 9F Class Review

Today is round 2 of the Bachmann versus Hornby 9F battle!  Click here for the Hornby Review.

Class: BR Standard 9F class

Use: Heavy Goods

Region: All

Era: 1954-1968

Preserved examples:

92134 – Crewe (only single chimney type preserved)
92203 – Black Prince – North Norfolk Railway
92207 – Shillingstone
92212 – Watercress Line
92214 – Cock O’ The North – North Yorkshire Moors Railway
92219 – The Stainmore Railway
92220 – Evening Star – National Railway Museum
92240 – Bluebell Railway
92245 – Barry Island Railway

Manufacturer: Bachmann

Motor: 3 pole Loco-drive

Power: Heavyweight

DCC options: 8 pin dcc ready/fitted – click here for DCC fitting guide.

Locoyard Review

Detailing:

4/5

Overall Bachmann’s model has a lot more detail than Hornby’s, although the cab isn’t much better (see above).  Details are separately fitted although this isn’t as good as it should be, as the pipework is not flush with the body.  The chimney is a little better than Hornby’s, but you can clearly see the model’s body when you look down on the chimney which is a little disappointing.

Outline/Looks:

4.5/5

It looks fantastic and the outline is captured with finesse.  Single and double chimney options are catered for, as are different tender types which are all pretty good.  A removable coal load would be better, but it loses half mark simply because of those none-flush fitted details.

Finish/Decoration:

4/5

The finish is good but a little flawed.  It shares a prominent moulding seam (see below) running across the top of the boiler with Hornby’s budget version.  The chimney should go down deeper and the pipework is not fitted flush with the body.  Flush glazing of the cab windows is good.  The tender has a very shiny coal load.  Not reviewed here, but the current version of Evening Star has a fantastic brunswick green finish and full lining.

Running Qualities:

5/5

It is a great slogger, very controllable, quiet and no problems to report.

Relative Power:

5/5

One of the most powerful ready-to-run models money can buy, the heavy chassis provides excellent adhesion.

Specification:

4/5

NEM coupling’s and plenty of separately fitted details.  DCC options are good, although for the £100+ price tag you’d expect all-wheel pick-ups and sound options.

Value:

3/5

As stated in the Hornby Railroad 9F review, the Bachmann model costs about twice as much but it is not twice as good.  The price isn’t terrible for a large, fairly modern model, but the presence of a decent budget model competitor does make it too expensive.  Hornby’s Railroad 9F does seem to help Bachmann’s model hold their value, which is good if you own it, not so good if you want to buy it second-hand.

Overall Locoyardometer Score: 4.2

This is a very good model with an excellent, powerful mechanism and it gives you variant options of different tenders and chimneys.  These detail options alone could pursuade you to go for the Bachmann model, as the version you want is more likely to be available.  The model could be better – the advantage of having separately fitted pipework is negated somewhat by it not being flush fitted with the body and the prominent moulding seam is very disappointing for a model with this price tag.  It is better than Hornby’s Railroad model, but Hornby’s Railroad version let’s you have something almost as good for a lot less money!

Detailometer 4, Outlineometer 4.5, Finishometer 4, Motorometer 5, Powerometer 5, Specometer 4, Valueometer 3, Locoyardometer 4.2

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