Bachmann has been making model trains for more than 150 years. Bachmann model trains are among the most interesting and diverse sorts of model trains that a hobbyist can collect. These model trains provide opportunities for young and old, for new collectors and old pros. Bachmann has a train that will suit nearly every type of model train collector.
The Bachmann model trains produced today come in many different gauges. The Branchline product range features OO scale models, and is primarily sold in the United Kingdom. Bachmann produces N gague models, as well. These are sold under the Graham Farish product range. New Bachmann trains can range from $75 to $350 each. Collecting these modern Bachmann trains can become quite expensive, although you may be able to find other enthusiasts with whom you can barter.
Collecting classic Bachmann model trains can be expensive, as well. While the pre-war lines tend to be more expensive than the post-war lines, you will often find that these older model trains require a good deal of work to restore their appearance.
Many of the classic and most collectible Bachmann model trains fall into the “pre-war” category of model train collecting. There are vintage trains, most of which were created before World War II. In fact, World War II is a turning point for many people who collect model trains. Some Bachmann model train collectors will only collect vintage Bachmann metal trains from the pre-war category and won’t even look into buying anything newer, whether it is a Bachmann or not. These devout purists often believe that the quality of construction and materials in classic Bachmann trains is far superior to anything that has been produced since. They also tend to think that the older Bachmann trains models more accurately capture the spirit, look, feel, sight and sounds of the real-world trains that they are modeled after.
Bachmann does have some model trains in the post-war category. Post-war model trains are the trains that many of today’s collectors started out with when they were children. For this reason, the approach that they take to collecting Bachmann trains is often quite different from those that collect older prewar model trains. The postwar tend to be less accurate than older Bachmann trains, but these collectors don’t mind. These collectors don’t require a high degree realism from their model trains. Unlike many modern Bachmann model trains, most of the postwar model trains, such as Aster model trains, operate on fuel engines instead of electricity.
Whatever category of Bachmann model trains you decide to collect, rest assured that there is a strong and growing community of model train collectors and enthusiasts that share your passion. While this can sometimes drive prices up on specific trains, it also provides you with many more opportunities to share your love of model trains with other folks.