Bachmann GWR 56xx Tank Review

Bachmann Ex-GWR 56xx class - 5658

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


Era: 1924-1965

Preserved examples:

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

Bachmann Ex-GWR 56xx class - 5658


Manufacturer: Bachmann

Motor: 3 pole Loco-drive

Power: Heavyweight

DCC options: 8 pin dcc ready/fitted

Model Reviewed – 32-077 BR Green 5658 (click here for prototype info)

Bachmann Ex-GWR 56xx class - 5658 (face smokebox)

Locoyard Review



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.

Bachmann Ex-GWR 56xx class - 5658 (profile)

Outline/Looks: 5/5

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.

Bachmann Ex-GWR 56xx class - 5658 (top)

Running Qualities:


Very smooth, quiet, controllable with great pick-ups.  It is certainly one of the best performing tank engines on the market.

Relative Power:


The prototype was a very powerful machine, classified 5MT by BR.  Fortunately, this model is no lightweight and is exceptionally strong.

Bachmann Ex-GWR 56xx class - 5658 (rear bunker)



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.

Bachmann Ex-GWR 56xx class - 5658

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