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    Default Review of Bachmann N Scale Open Hopper Ore Car



    Bachmann Open Hopper Ore Car, January 2018 release.



    This N scale ore car is one of Bachmann's new high-quality releases. It hit the shelves in January of 2018 in five different paint schemes, two for the Pennsy and one each for the UP, CP and the Duluth Missabe & Iron Range.


    This is a pretty nice car though it likely could have been a bit better, especially at the above $30 price point. It is clearly an attempt at a true 3rd generation car, (please see our blog, The Evolution of N-Scale Rolling Stock Models) but for reasons I will discuss, leaves a little to be desired.

    So what do I like? Metal Wheels! Body-Mount couplers! Nice heft. These cars should run well as long as those clunky EZ Mate II couplers hold on to whatever you are coupling them to. Not always a given since the E-Z Mates are a little larger than Accumates or MTL's.

    The printing looks okay. The color is nice and these models are built to take a pounding. Bachmann clearly has some younger modelers in mind when they designed these as nothing can break off except perhaps the brake wheel, which is the one detail part that isn't molded in to the model. The brake wheel is nicely done to scale and appears somewhat delicate compared to most of the construction of this model.

    However, for $33, a modeler will typically expect more. For example, the thickness of the walls of the hopper are not to scale. They are too thick. This makes the model durable but also makes it look more like a toy.

    This is also true with the ladders and stirrups. On the plus side, these stirrups are not going to brake off easily. Next, the printing could be better. The edge of the Multi-Mark "Pac-Man" is noticeably blurry. We usually expect better of the modern pad-printing process. Yes, these are some pretty deep ribs on the side of the car, and you would expect some blur there, but the blur you see is on the flat parts of the car. Lastly, the only detail part is the brake wheel, which although done nicely to scale, is kind of lonely floating on a sea of molded detail.

    With the modern metal wheels and couplers, these are a notch above their Atlas predecessor, and if your retailer is selling both for the same price, you will be getting a better model for your money with this new Bachmann model. Is it setting a new standard in N Scale production or even matching the best from the competition? No.

    Here is a link to these Bachmann Open Hopper Ore Cars on TroveStar.


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    I have seen one and they don't look too bad.

    The only minor problem is Bachmann's policy of only doing one road number (even when they do reruns they redo the same number), not a bright move for a car that always runs in long unit trains. Even six or ten pack with different road numbers would give the appearance of different numbers in a long train.

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    For cars like this, the fine details shouldn't really matter. Unless that's the only one you want to collect. When these trains run they have 50+ cars. So at that price, your looking at over $1500. Even just for 10 cars, that's over $300. It's the same with grain cars, when you want to run long unit commodity trains, the fine details just don't matter. Your not going to analyse every single car for it's small flaws.

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    It's disappointing to see a car with little detail being produced and sold at this price.

    Really a car like this should retail for about $20.
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    MB Klein sells these cars for $17.99 ( showing out of stock , or not in stock yet ) , which is a more realistic price for a Bachmann . I dont find this car to be very detailed at all . The stirup and rungs look horribly oversized to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    MB Klein sells these cars for $17.99 ( showing out of stock , or not in stock yet ) , which is a more realistic price for a Bachmann . I dont find this car to be very detailed at all . The stirup and rungs look horribly oversized to me

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    They are out of stock. My brother got one from them which he had at the last club meeting a week ago, I think they sold pretty quick.

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    That's another problem with the manufacturers today. They make a very limited number where they sell out to quickly. Like the Athearn Bombardier cars, unless you pre ordered, your pretty much SOL now are they are now mostly sold out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cybr View Post
    That's another problem with the manufacturers today. They make a very limited number where they sell out to quickly. Like the Athearn Bombardier cars, unless you pre ordered, your pretty much SOL now are they are now mostly sold out.
    You do realize MBK posts a few and if they sell quickly they buy more, right? Bachmann isn't a small run kind of company. You will probably see these restocked within the next two weeks.

    MBK just doesn't want to buy a bunch of stuff that will sit on their shelves forever. Which is the same reason some manufacturers do smaller runs. Inventory on shelves is nice for modelers browsing, but it is bad for a business's bottom line.
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    CEO of the Skally Line, an Eastern MN Shortline

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    When we were discussing them at our last club meeting we decided you would need at least 30 to make a believable looking train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westfalen View Post
    When we were discussing them at our last club meeting we decided you would need at least 30 to make a believable looking train.
    That would be quite expensive at $33 a pop, nearly $1000. Not sure what they would cost in Australia, but probably roughly the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cybr View Post
    That would be quite expensive at $33 a pop, nearly $1000. Not sure what they would cost in Australia, but probably roughly the same.

    Where do you keep getting this $33 each from ? . I posted the link to MB Klein . Not $33 or even close to

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    Quote Originally Posted by aflica View Post
    Where do you keep getting this $33 each from ? . I posted the link to MB Klein . Not $33 or even close to

    Steve
    I'm taking it from the original post and it's also listed on Bachmann for that price. That would be the MSRP i'm thinking.

    http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index...oducts_id=6743


    http://www.modeltrainstuff.com/N-Sca...brand=Bachmann

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    Quote Originally Posted by cybr View Post
    That would be quite expensive at $33 a pop, nearly $1000. Not sure what they would cost in Australia, but probably roughly the same.
    It depends, sometimes we pay up to twice as much down here.

    But it doesn't matter if you can't get them. They are still out of stock at Klein's but they are still listed so they may get more stock at some time.

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