Originally founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bachmann model trains are now manufactured in China. The primary Bachmann entry-level train sets are currently their mainstay; they are inexpensive yet good quality models great for newcomers to railroading.
In the late 1980’s, the “Spectrum” trains were released; this was a higher quality product line with refined detailing, updated motors, and improved paint schemes. Originally, the Spectrum was considered a separate company from Bachman Industries, but by the year 2000 it became a part of the standard Bachmann product line.
In 2006, Bachmann focused on the development of a digital command control system (DCC) in a partnership with German based Lenz Electronic. Once released, this enabled Bachmann to gain market status alongside the rest of the technologically developed DCC companies.
From the Bachmann standard line of trains on the U.S. site is a product line known as “The Big Hauler” in the G scale at 1:22.5. Trains in this line include The Tweetsie Railroad, The Pennsylvanian, Night Before Christmas, Wonderland Flyer, The Mountaineer, Silverado, Durango and Silverton Freight, and Summit Pass.
“The Big Hauler” line boasts a lot of products in the G scale including box cars, cabooses, flat cars, gondolas, billboard reefers, hoppers, log cars, ore cars, passenger cars, steam locomotives, stock and tank cars, accessories, and track.
“Plasticville” consists of classic kits and pre-assembled structures for HO, N, and O scales. Some of the pre-assembled buildings available include coaling stations, water towers, dairy barns, split-level homes, covered bridges, gas stations, schoolhouses, railroad work sheds, and much more.
Some of the “Plasticville” offerings in classic kits include a Cape Cod house, a post office, a 5 and 10 cent store, a police station, a ranch house, a drive-in burger stand, and many other products.
Williams Products by Bachmann offers O-gauge 3-rail trains. This line offers the “Golden Memories” products in diesel locomotives, GG-1 electrics, passenger car sets, and steam locomotives.
The Williams traditional line offers diesel locomotives, electrics, passenger cars, rolling stock, and steam locomotives. Track, transformers, and accessories are also available.
Spectrum is the “premium” line in HO, N, On30, and 1:20.3 large-scale trains. Within these scales, you will find accessories, DCC sound equipped locomotives, narrow gauge rail trucks, rolling stock, and steam locomotives. Tenders are available in the HO and N scale of the Spectrum line.
EZ Command products are digital command products for beginner and advanced modelers alike. Also available are EZ Track Products that consist of Snap-Fit track and roadbed system for HO and N scale trains.
SceneScapes are trees and landscaping materials for all train scales. Also included are figurines in many styles including construction workers, police officers, farm animals, cats and dogs, city people, and maintenance workers for the HO and O scales.
In addition to viewing products on the U.S. site, they have site locations for the U.K., Germany, and China. No matter what your budget, you are sure to find products to suit your needs in the Bachmann model trains product line. All board!