For the first time in a few weeks, it is time for a model review! This time, the subject is Bachmann’s 56xx 0-6-2T, which proves to be a big hit on Locoyard…
Class: Collett 5600 class
Use: Hauling Heavy Coal Trains
5619 – North Norfolk Railway
5637 – East Somerset Railway
5643 – Llangollen Railway
5668 – Kent & East Sussex Railway
6619 – Kent & East Sussex Railway
6634 – Severn Valley Railway
6686 – Barry Tourist Railway
6695 – Swanage Railway
6697 – Didcot Railway Centre
Motor: 3 pole Loco-drive
DCC options: 8 pin dcc ready/fitted
Model Reviewed – 32-077 BR Green 5658 (click here for prototype info)
Cab details limited by modern standards, but they are difficult to see at any rate. It does not have an opening cab roof but otherwise details are excellent.
The poise of this 0-6-2 was expertly captured by Mainline’s original model, but Bachmann have given it a much better chassis. It looks great!
As is typical with Bachmann, new versions have a lovely deep green finish. Top marks are missed, partly due to having no brass numberplates but mainly due to the slight moulding seem on top of the boiler.
Very smooth, quiet, controllable with great pick-ups. It is certainly one of the best performing tank engines on the market.
The prototype was a very powerful machine, classified 5MT by BR. Fortunately, this model is no lightweight and is exceptionally strong.
It has NEM pockets, DCC socket/fitted versions but no DCC sound version. There is not much space for a DCC chip, so you’ll need to use a smaller decoder.
Very cheap for such a fantastic performing model. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another model that is better value for money.
Overall Locoyardometer Score: 4.8
Wow! This model looks great and performs exceptionally and is sold at bargain prices. It is a model that no western region modeller should be without!
Detailometer 4.5, Outlineometer 5, Finishometer 4.5, Motorometer 5, Powerometer 5, Specometer 4.5, Valueometer 5, Locoyardometer 4.8