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N Scale - Bachmann - 4786 - Engine, Steam, 4-8-4 Northern - Santa Fe - 3780

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N Scale - Bachmann - 4786 - Engine, Steam, 4-8-4 Northern - Santa Fe - 3780 Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr


N Scale - Bachmann - 4786 - Engine, Steam, 4-8-4 Northern - Santa Fe - 3780 Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr


Brand Bachmann
Stock Number 4786
Manufacturer Bachmann
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Bachmann Steam Engine 4-8-4 Northern
Prototype Description Engine, Steam, 4-8-4 Northern
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 3780
Paint Color(s) Black
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Body (front), Truck (rear)
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Release Date 1969-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype 4-8-4
Model Variety Northern



Specific Item Information: Front coupler is non operational dummy knuckle.

Model Information: Introduced in 1969, this model has been revised in 1975, 1983, 2004, 2012 and 2015. The earliest model was produced in Hong King and later versions in China.

With a 52' tender, this is a fairly large engine, and with 8-wheels providing pickup, it will run consistently, except on turnouts where the lack of tender pickup really hurts. It is also fairly noisy. The early versions has shell detail typical of the era (not very good by today's standards). Later versions show more detail, but still are fairly underwhelming when compared to a modern Kato.

Early versions use a solid chassis whereas the most recent release demonstrates a split-frame design which should make the DCC-friendly if not DCC-Ready.

Road Name History:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Bachmann Industries (Bachmann Brothers, Inc.) is a Bermuda registered Chinese owned company, globally headquartered in Hong Kong; specializing in model railroading.

Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of its North American headquarters, Bachmann is today part of the Kader group, who model products are made at a Chinese Government joint-venture plant in Dongguan, China. Bachmann's brand is the largest seller, in terms of volume, of model trains in the world. Bachmann primarily specializes in entry level train sets, and premium offerings in many scales. The Spectrum line is the high quality, model railroad product line, offered in N, HO, Large Scale, On30, and Williams O gauge all aimed for the hobbyist market. Bachmann is the producer of the famous railroad village product line known as "Plasticville." The turnover for Bachmann model trains for the year ended 31 December 2006 was approximately $46.87 million, a slight increase of 3.36% as compared to 2005.

Item created by: gdm on 2016-06-21 05:33:12. Last edited by klausnahr on 2020-08-12 10:24:53

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