Today was an opportunity for the hobby press to meet up with the Bachmann team for presentations on the latest developments.
Bachmann Europe are now distributing the Proses range to their retailers and there was an opportunity to get an insight into the range and handle some of the products. We'll have more reviews for you in due course on that but there's certainly some products I haven't seen before which should be very useful such as this cutter.
The Dynamis Ultima + RailController software was announced earlier in the year and we had chance to look at it and it's excellent functionality in more detail; from conversations it's evident there's an awful lot of potential going beyond conventional control systems and we can expect a realease towards the end of this year.
A presentation by Graeme McMillan allowed us to get an insight into the production of Scenecraft buildings.
It's evident that Bachmann are doing well with more retail accounts opened, increasing revenue and expansion into other ranges that we covered in the Pocketbond acquisition news. Inroads are starting to happen in the production backlog; the following screenshots show the latest status of the projects announced.
Although no new announcements were made today it was indicated that the next catalogue and product announcements may take place a little earlier next year, probably at some point in January.
The Thompson coach livery samples were on show, the teak effect of the painted coach sides will be subject to some tweaking.
There's a finesse to the window bars and glazing I've not seen before looking more like well-glazed etched sides.
Sticking with the coaches for now we saw the first EP on the Birdcage stock; there is much fine detail to these and I feel they justify the prices quoted for the quality.
In N Gauge we saw the EP sample of the autocoach.
Previously we saw a 3D print of the Webb Coal Tank and today saw the first EP, extensive lengths have been taken to keep the prototypical space behind the leading axle with the rest of the chassis looking very well detailed. The brass buffers although not sprung gave a touch of class.
Work is well advanced on the Warflat and our first chance to see the EP.
EP samples of the Class 450 and the later Class 70.
Decorated samples of the Farish Castle were on hand as was a sound-fitted version on test which sounded remarkably good for an N gauge sound loco.
Final decoration samples of Model Rail's USA tank were on show with imminent arrival at Barwell. They will then be sample checked before sending on to Kernow to carry out the fulfilment.
I've only shown the green one as I'm looking forward to that one arriving here soon.
All in all a very positive day with the opportunity to discuss even thorny subject matter with the people at the sharp end of the business and my thanks go to the team for their time today.