Bachmann steel-bodied coach

25 November 2021
Andy York examines this OO9 scale vehicle of continental origin, now available to purchase in the UK.

A surprise announcement in May from Bachmann was the firm's first narrow-gauge passenger vehicle. It had previously announced production of an earlier style wooden-panelled Gloucester coach, as used on the Ashover Railway. This version is different.

The model portrays a steel-bodied vehicle of continental origin and has previously been produced for Bachmann’s Liliput HOe range in Austrian Zillertal Railway liveries. This may not be as anomalous to a British narrow-gauge layout as the first impression might give – the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway has older ex-Zillertalbahn vehicles, and more recent vehicles with similar roof profiles and side windows.

Bachmann 009 steel coach

There has been recent discussion on RMweb that narrow-gauge modellers have a greater tendency to model fictitious lines than standard-gauge modellers, so its usefulness shouldn’t be underestimated. It doesn’t look completely out of place.

The third-class open vehicle is appealingly decorated in a choice of maroon and cream, or lined green liveries with metallic framing to the windows. One may get the impression that this is an air-conditioned vehicle with the absence of toplights and roof ventilation, but in typical continental style, the entire windows are of the type that drop into the bodyside.

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Bachmann 009 steel coach

The body simply unclips from the chassis to access the interior, with single seats either side of the central gangway with one side featuring a toilet compartment. The weighted chassis gives stable running through pointwork – this is quite a wide-bodied vehicle to be running on 9mm gauge track, but it performs well.

It’s a little bit left-field, but a welcome addition to the range to give increased variety for a growing number of OO9 gauge modellers.