Later, Lionel exited the HO market (again) and Kader, which
owed Bachmann by that time re-ran it to sell under the latter
name in the US market.
Each successive production run has had some revisions in
both paint and mechanism but under it all, they are the
same basic loco.
They are "factory variations" however, and if you are
collecting, it's a valid reason to have them all. Hell, if
you are a "collector", even the different boxes are a
valid reason but that's another topic.
If you like it, can afford it, get it. None of them pull
worth a dang but they were never intended to be
used by a serious model railroader anyway.
That may change, from what I understand.
> Would be nice...
Didn't they do something with the N&W "J" recently? If
so, that would be a clue to where they are going.
Also, Bowser has announced they are re-releasing their
aftermarket chassis for the 4-8-4's with some upgrading.
I heard about several upgrades before, but I am never sure when the REAL
upgrade hits. It needs to be something more than another tweak to make me buy
another one. I have an older definitely non-Spectrum one and it is nice to look
at. Thanks also for the update on the Bowser drives....
> Didn't they do something with the N&W "J" recently? If
> so, that would be a clue to where they are going.
> Fred D.
Peter King in NY
Charles M. Schulz 1922 - 2000.
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Rest in peace, old friend. And thank you for a lifetime of smiles and
> I heard about several upgrades before, but I am never sure when
> upgrade hits. It needs to be something more than another tweak
to make me buy
> another one. I have an older definitely non-Spectrum one and it
is nice to look
> at. Thanks also for the update on the Bowser drives....
So the Bowser product is probably valid, the Bachmann
is just scuttlebutt. But reasonable. They do seem to be
making a serious effort to improve the steam engines
and have made no moves in the diesel market in a long
time, at least in the US.
They did produce a new diesel last year. It was of the
first totally built in China locomotive, and they imported
a few into the US.
My understanding is that the prototype is standard gage-
56.5 inches, and I'd like to get one to run as a demonstrator,
just for grins.
Who knows? Odder things happen all the time...