I ordered a Tropicana 70 ton switcher by Bachmann Williams and its arrived at my train shop but I haven't had time to pick it up yet.  Anyone have one yet?

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Scott, I guess you missed this one right here:


What surprises me is that there is no mention of this recently arrived loco on the Bachmann website. On the top of the home page, there's a banner with changing images of new products. You'd think they'd have the 70 ton switcher on there.

People have wondered for a long time, what is happening with Williams by Bachmann? It appears Jack Lynch is no longer with the company. Many have speculated lack of corporate interest, but Bachmann is continually offering new products in other scales, so that can't be the issue. So then one might summarize it is a lack of sales. Though the list price of this engine is right on par with many of their competitors products that offer digital control.

Whatever the issue, this newly arrived engine has sort of fallen under the radar.

FWIW, I spoke to the rep at the WGH Hampton show and mentioned the issue of pulling the lead car off the rails. Funny thing was, he actually has on the design team for introducing the switcher.  He wasn't aware there was a problem, and I explained it the best that I could, not having one.  It was a good conversation and he seemed genuinely interested.  I gotta say, they had some nice shiny new stuff in the other gauges though....

At Springfield, ma show back in January, WBB had the Tropicana version running around. It looked sharp. Hopefully they will get around to doing the Rahway Valley and that infamous one in SoCal.

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They had 4 roadnames there, but I don't think I got a picture of them and I see trainworld has only 3 listed...

MR_P posted:

They had 4 roadnames there, but I don't think I got a picture of them and I see trainworld has only 3 listed...

Pictures are on the Williams/Bachmann website.

Hey, take a look at this. I'm referring to the line "This loco has been DISCONTINUED." That's a surprise.


I hope that's a mistake... That doesn't do much to instill confidence that you will be able to order any needed parts in the future.

No other loco I looked at states that. Even the Chuggington locos , which were just one shot deals that they only made a production run of 500, and sounded like they'd be discontinued from the get go after the initial run.


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Good evening  I'm a bit late to the party but I got mine last week..its getting repainted and re numbered 


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