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    • April 29, 2012 11:53 PM EDT

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      Any of you with any personal experience with Bachmann's new brass track? Last issue of Garden Railways, back cover, has the ad.
      The claims of durability are clearly stated. Now, as to hands-on quality assessments -- any experience?
      Thanks,
      Wendell
    • April 30, 2012 1:27 AM EDT

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      From what I've seen of it hanging on the shelf at the local hobby shop, it seems/feels every bit as robust as the track from the other guys. Connects nicely, too. Curious that the underside of the foot of the rail is not flat, but has a very shallow inverted "V" shape, presumably to cut material costs/weight without sacrificing performance. Bummer that they only make it in 4' and tighter radii, where most of their 1:20 stuff needs 4' and larger. But I like the looks of the ties compared to the other guys. Definitely a bit more "narrow gaugey" for the US narrow gauge folks.

      Later,

      K
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    • April 30, 2012 1:01 PM EDT

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      Kevin-
      Any pricing comparisons with LGB/Aristo/PIKO - MSRP, etc. and the offered price? As to local shops here in SoCalif few are left; likely mailorder will be the option. Hopefully, you will get the nod to do a review at Garden RR.
    • May 3, 2012 3:16 PM EDT
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      I have been paying between 4 and 5 dollars a foot.
      Tom
    • May 4, 2012 12:57 AM EDT

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      Tom-
      The price you state is for the Bachmann?
      If so, please offer your opinion of the quality.
    • May 4, 2012 2:33 PM EDT
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      Wendell
      That price is for Bachmann brass track. I think it is very good. I have not had it long enough to tell what time may do, but I think it will be just as good as the other brands.
      The base is kind of an inverted V. People have commented that it is to save money, but I think it adds strength to the rail. The joiners have a hole and a slot. The screws are 2mm.
      The V causes some mismatch with brand X rail joiners. I can hardly wait for some switches.
      Tom
    • May 13, 2012 11:09 AM EDT

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      Tom-
      Judging by your number of entries, welcome to the forum topics!
      Wendell
    • May 14, 2012 9:53 PM EDT
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      Thank you Wendell
      I am new to the forum and to the hobby.
      There is a lot to learn.
      Tom
    • March 30, 2013 8:34 AM EDT
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      Up to now I had only seen this track in online photos.  I got my first chance to actually handle it at the ECLSTS, and to talk to the Bachmann Rep there.  It is sensibly lighter in weight that other brass track, and on closer examination of the profile one can see why.  The base of the rail extrusion is hollowed out by a shallow obtuse isoceles triangle, giving the company a reduction in its brass consumption of some 15%, and allowing them to offer the finished product at a correspondingly reduced price. 

    • March 31, 2013 3:21 PM EDT

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      Yep, as tom reported 3 posts above yours last year, that's part of the cost savings.

       

      Also realize Bachmann is owned by the manufacturer Kader, so additional cost savings there too!

       

      Greg

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