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N Scale - Bachmann - 81858 - Engine, Diesel, GE 44T - Rio Grande - 39

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Stock Number 81858
Original Retail Price $136.00
Brand Bachmann
Manufacturer Bachmann
Body Style Bachmann Diesel Switcher GE 44 T
Prototype Engine, Diesel, GE 44T
Road or Company Name Rio Grande (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 39
Paint Color(s) Black and Yellow
Print Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type E-Z Mate Mark II Magnetic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
DCC Readiness DC/DCC Dual Mode Decoder
Release Date 2016-09-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype GE Transportation
Model Variety 44T



Model Information: Bachmann introduced this model in 2009. It is very impressive in the detail as well as that they were able to build in full DCC functionality into such a small space without hindering the engine's operating performance. The model features blackened, low-profile wheels, nice body details and EZ-Mate II body-mount couplers. The pricing was also very aggressive considering the quality of production and DCC capability.

Our experience was that they programmed up quite nicely and could pull more than 10 cars despite the diminutive size. Unfortunately our first engine went completely dead after a day or so. Bachmann's excellent customer service promptly provided a replacement which runs fine.

DCC Information: The factory decoder is a typical dual-mode job that operates fine in a DC-only layout.

Road Name History:
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (reporting mark DRGW), often shortened to Rio Grande, D&RG or D&RGW, formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, was an American Class I railroad company. The railroad started as a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge line running south from Denver, Colorado in 1870. It served mainly as a transcontinental bridge line between Denver, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 1988, the Rio Grande's parent corporation, Rio Grande Industries, purchased Southern Pacific Transportation Company, and as the result of a merger, the larger Southern Pacific Railroad name was chosen for identity. The Rio Grande operated as a separate division of the Southern Pacific, until that company was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad. Today, most former D&RGW main lines are owned and operated by the Union Pacific while several branch lines are now operated as heritage railways by various companies.

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 2016-09-08 13:32:54

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