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I ran mine on the MRC's test tracks to run it in yesterday:

 

31924334418_3977698369_b.jpgBachmann H2 by James Petts, on Flickr

 

43978533830_6652de6d07_b.jpgBachmann H2 by James Petts, on Flickr

 

44882629445_56511df6b5_b.jpgBachmann H2 by James Petts, on Flickr

 

43978606900_f5cf7a208a_b.jpgBachmann H2 by James Petts, on Flickr

 

Out of the box, some of the pickups were misaligned and it did not run well at all. I was able to borrow some tweezers and realign the pickups, after which it ran much better. However, it does not run well slowly: even after ~1 hour of running in (in both directions), slow speed running is very inconsistent, with the locomotive (on DC at least) moving at greatly different speeds depending on at which point in the revolution that the wheels are. I do not know whether a back EMF DCC decoder will assist this situation somewhat.

 

I also note that the buffers are not sprung.

 

Despite its flaws, however, it is a lovely model of a very interesting locomotive.

Oh dear that lettering is very bad on the tender, i would have sent it back after paying such high price for it,I would have expected a lot better than that.

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Oh dear that lettering is very bad on the tender, i would have sent it back after paying such high price for it,I would have expected a lot better than that.

 

I have two and intend to renumber one, so it is not much extra work to replace the lettering. I only noticed it when it was pointed out on this thread.

 

Incidentally, the link in Ryan's post above was extremely interesting and lead to a goldmine of fascinating pictures, as a result of which I have found precedent to be able to use these locomotives on a higher proportion of services on my planned layout than I had hitherto realised would be in keeping with historical precedent.

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I have two and intend to renumber one, so it is not much extra work to replace the lettering. I only noticed it when it was pointed out on this thread.

 

How easy is it to get the numbers off?

I would like to renumber one as B421.

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Richard

 

I have not started work on renumbering yet - other Bachmann products (e.g. Graham Farish N gauge vehicles of recent origin) can have their numbering removed fairly easily with Brasso and a cotton bud, although the Brasso will shine the surface, so spray varnish is then needed to remove the shiny appearance: however, varnishing to protect decals is recommended in any event, as is applying them to a shiny surface.

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I have not started work on renumbering yet - other Bachmann products (e.g. Graham Farish N gauge vehicles of recent origin) can have their numbering removed fairly easily with Brasso and a cotton bud, although the Brasso will shine the surface, so spray varnish is then needed to remove the shiny appearance: however, varnishing to protect decals is recommended in any event, as is applying them to a shiny surface.

Thanks I think I will try that on my Bachmann N class first to convert it to an A - 3 digit number.

 

Cheers

 

Richard

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I saw the sample of the SR version at a couple of shows, on the Bachmann stand. I was absolutely stunned by it, and couldn't wait to get one. Now that the model has been released, the pictures I am seeing show the livery to be more olive than the sample I saw. Has there been a tweak to the livery, or was the light in the display cabinets fooling me?

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I saw the sample of the SR version at a couple of shows, on the Bachmann stand. I was absolutely stunned by it, and couldn't wait to get one. Now that the model has been released, the pictures I am seeing show the livery to be more olive than the sample I saw. Has there been a tweak to the livery, or was the light in the display cabinets fooling me?

 

No change on the livery front - the shade of green Bachmann call 'Olive' has remained the same for decades - that on the H2 is identical to that seen on Bachmann N class locos from the late 1990s.

 

Personally I think its a little to Blue in hue and Hornbys interpretation is better, but on the other hand the shade of yellow Bachann use for the lettering / numbers is spot on whilst Honrbys is too pale.

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I saw the sample of the SR version at a couple of shows, on the Bachmann stand. I was absolutely stunned by it, and couldn't wait to get one. Now that the model has been released, the pictures I am seeing show the livery to be more olive than the sample I saw. Has there been a tweak to the livery, or was the light in the display cabinets fooling me?

My photos all have filters on them to intentionally make it look a little more olive as it is very, very dark (too dark?) like the E4s

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I too have purchased a model of "South Foreland" and I am sorry to say that the loco does not (to me) truly represent the condition of the loco in the 1930`s after the Maunsell modifications and the renumbering to 2421. Namely, the chimney, dome, whistle and lamp Irons are all still in the original LBSC condition and the snifiting valves and extra lamp Irons left and right on the smokebox fitted by Eastleigh are not there.  If one looks at the Picture of the loco on P79 of "Brighton Atlantics" taken in 1947 (albeit with Malachite green livery) one can see all These omissions clearly.  However, when Looks at the (so far) only Picture of 31-921 "Beachy Head" in BR lined black all of these Errors have been corrected.  What Bachmann should do then, is to the the moulding of the BR Version and paaint it in SR Olive or Malachite grren livery.

 

By the way, in the accessories pack there are no loco or tender brake gear mouldings´.  Has anyone else had this problem?

 

Otherwise an excellent model, although I haven`t tried to run it yet. 

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I too have purchased a model of "South Foreland" and I am sorry to say that the loco does not (to me) truly represent the condition of the loco in the 1930`s after the Maunsell modifications and the renumbering to 2421. Namely, the chimney, dome, whistle and lamp Irons are all still in the original LBSC condition and the snifiting valves and extra lamp Irons left and right on the smokebox fitted by Eastleigh are not there.  If one looks at the Picture of the loco on P79 of "Brighton Atlantics" taken in 1947 (albeit with Malachite green livery) one can see all These omissions clearly.  However, when Looks at the (so far) only Picture of 31-921 "Beachy Head" in BR lined black all of these Errors have been corrected.  What Bachmann should do then, is to the the moulding of the BR Version and paaint it in SR Olive or Malachite grren livery.

 

Well since it was renumbered to 2421 in 1931 and rebuilding by Maunsell didn't start until 1935 (I can't say when 2421 got rebuilt, but 2422 was the first H2 rebuilt) it is still quite OK in pre-rebuild condition with that number. There is a photo of it as such on page 67 of the "LBSCR Atlantics" book

 

By the way, in the accessories pack there are no loco or tender brake gear mouldings´.  Has anyone else had this problem?

 

As for the brake gear, mine was pre-fitted, I had to remove it from the tender to be able to fit the DCC chip!

 

Gary

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I too have purchased a model of "South Foreland" and I am sorry to say that the loco does not (to me) truly represent the condition of the loco in the 1930`s after the Maunsell modifications and the renumbering to 2421. Namely, the chimney, dome, whistle and lamp Irons are all still in the original LBSC condition and the snifiting valves and extra lamp Irons left and right on the smokebox fitted by Eastleigh are not there.  If one looks at the Picture of the loco on P79 of "Brighton Atlantics" taken in 1947 (albeit with Malachite green livery) one can see all These omissions clearly.  However, when Looks at the (so far) only Picture of 31-921 "Beachy Head" in BR lined black all of these Errors have been corrected.  What Bachmann should do then, is to the the moulding of the BR Version and paaint it in SR Olive or Malachite grren livery.

 

By the way, in the accessories pack there are no loco or tender brake gear mouldings´.  Has anyone else had this problem?

 

Otherwise an excellent model, although I haven`t tried to run it yet. 

 

Taken from the excellent Graham Muz Blog (much more there) :

 

"The 31-920 version number 2421 as modelled by Bachmann is in the condition she was in post renumbering from B421 in 1931 and prior to February 1937 when she received both the SR composite loading gauge changes and being fitted with a Maunsell type superheater and therefore receiving snifting valves on the smokebox."

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Taken from the excellent Graham Muz Blog (much more there) :

 

"The 31-920 version number 2421 as modelled by Bachmann is in the condition she was in post renumbering from B421 in 1931 and prior to February 1937 when she received both the SR composite loading gauge changes and being fitted with a Maunsell type superheater and therefore receiving snifting valves on the smokebox."

 Have now found a photo of 2421 in 1933 still with the Fittings in original condition.  Hadn't realised that these changes were made so late after SR take over.  Presumably the headcode disc for Newhaven boat Trains was attached to the handrail on the lh side of the smokebox.  Has cheered me up, all I have to do now is to get some brake rods from Bachmann.

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Taken from the excellent Graham Muz Blog (much more there) :

 

"The 31-920 version number 2421 as modelled by Bachmann is in the condition she was in post renumbering from B421 in 1931 and prior to February 1937 when she received both the SR composite loading gauge changes and being fitted with a Maunsell type superheater and therefore receiving snifting valves on the smokebox."

Thank you, my full review can be read here https://grahammuz.com/2018/09/07/the-Bachmann-ex-lbscr-h2-class-brighton-atlantic-4-4-2-grace-and-presence-in-one-locomotive/

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 Presumably the headcode disc for Newhaven boat Trains was attached to the handrail on the lh side of the smokebox. Has cheered me up, all I have to do now is to get some brake rods from Bachmann.

Brighton locos had two buffer beam mounted lamp iron above each buffer one being taller than the other to be equivalent to the smokebox door positions, this has also been correctly modelled by Bachmann.

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Does anyone know if the H2 is left or right hand drive please.

Also is there an easy way to tell on most locos ie: is the driver always on the same side as the reverser?

On a steam loco - most definitely YES ..................... some diesels and electrics have duplicate controls - but you wouldn't know from outside !

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The Atlantics are left hand drive, like all Brighton locos from Billy Stroudleys time I believe. Some railways were left and some were right hand drive, many sticking rigidly to whatever they had selected many years before. Left usually makes more sense in the UK, as if you are facing forward, the signals the driver is looking for are on the left.

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Hattons have Beachy Head on offer for one day only at £139.

 

Feel I've been robbed again.......

£79 on ebay..

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bachrnann-31-921-Class-H2-Atlantic-4-4-2-32424-Beachy-Head-in-BR-black/254020017063?hash=item3b24c5dba7:g:dr0AAOSwTxJcDhY4

 

Not certain, but maybe one of your words above applies to this one.

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