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Author Topic: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one  (Read 483 times)

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Offline Doc Pye

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Hi all,

Well my Farish locos were all bought way back when in the Poole era...and I haven't bought one since. I have bought Dapol, Peco, and lately Union Mills locos. However, as I am thinking of getting another Castle class loco (my old Farish one is quite dated), I wanted to tap people of the forum's firsthand experience of the new versions offered by Farish (Bachmann) of their Castle class loco. Hence, if you can share with me the pro's and con's of this particular beast it would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Rob

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2020, 05:47:15 PM »
Hi Rob.  Stunning model.  Really detailed.  Very smooth.  Couldnít pull skin off a rice pudding sadly. 

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2020, 06:05:23 PM »
Much better looks wise than my old Poole model.My layout is flat and the loco has no issues hauling 8 or so Colletts

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2020, 09:15:57 PM »
Yes, looks great, runs smoothly and has a very capable chassis. It does seem to pull perfectly well on level track, mine will handle 11 mk1s without a problem. The Achilles heel is ability to pull loads up inclines; itís not great at that.
Working doesn't seem to be the perfect thing for me so I'll continue to play.
Steve Marriott / Ronnie Lane

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2020, 09:20:31 PM »
As the others have said, nice model but very low traction, which may or may not be an issue, depends on what you want to pull with it, 4 coaches on a flat track no problem, any more or an incline and you may have issues.

NGM the other one ;)
There mayl be spelling and grammatical errors in my posts, I am Dyslexic so just think yourself lucky you can actually read what I have written.

You don't need to point out my errors.  Thanks

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2020, 09:38:24 PM »
Mine has competently pulled 12 coaches on level track. I currently run a 9 coach train of chocolate and cream mk1s which my castle pulls very happily.
Working doesn't seem to be the perfect thing for me so I'll continue to play.
Steve Marriott / Ronnie Lane

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2020, 10:13:48 PM »
As our locos are hand built there is no 'one size fits all' and 'beauty is is the eye of the beholder' so any comments can only be taken as applying to that persons own loco/preferences.

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2020, 10:15:33 PM »
yeh -sorry i should have said, on the flat its ok , inclines it hates .

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2020, 12:57:01 AM »
So doesn't have enough traction to climb anything...??? :confusedsign: :helpneededsign:

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2020, 06:10:41 AM »
Here is mine with added weight lifting 8 Mk1s up a 2% grade.
Working doesn't seem to be the perfect thing for me so I'll continue to play.
Steve Marriott / Ronnie Lane

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2020, 06:17:24 AM »
My other video on Castle haulage. Weight helped a lot. I put a lead strip underneath between the wheels and also put lead into the cab up to window height. I think traction might have improved with use as the wheels lose some of their shine. Overall I would now rate mine as acceptable but not great on gradients. I have always rated it's pulling power as fine on level track. I have now got rid of my layout with gradients and am replacing it with one entirely on one level (not because of the castle). My Castle is an excellent performer on this and looks fantastic at the head of a rake of chocolate and cream coaches.

« Last Edit: August 02, 2020, 06:21:36 AM by Chris Morris »
Working doesn't seem to be the perfect thing for me so I'll continue to play.
Steve Marriott / Ronnie Lane

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2020, 07:18:42 AM »
That is a very comprehensive test on a lovely layout.

Thanks for posting!  :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2020, 09:20:06 AM »
 :thankyousign: Chris, that vid was helpful. Your Castle runs well from what I saw. I just ordered one up from Model Railways Direct, so once I get it I will see how it goes. At present, I just have a test track but the layout plan does call for some gradients, so I will keep this in mind. I will also look at how best to weigh down the loco some so as to improve traction. Thanks again for sharing your firsthand knowledge!

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2020, 12:40:20 PM »
i was lucky enough to pick up an early chinese "old school" castle that someone had added detail to.  these have finer flanges. pulls well.  cost me 40 quid.
i used to be indecisive...but now i'm not so sure.

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Re: Farish (Bachmann) Castle Class Loco - Pro's and Con's on buying one
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2020, 08:53:02 PM »
Well my new GWR Castle arrived from Model Railways Direct today, and I am running it in and I must say, it is a really good looking loco. And it also runs really smooth, much better at low speeds than most of my other locos (especially some of the Dapol ones). My old Poole Farish locos also run pretty good, some of which are +45 years old!

I have yet to test it out on any sort of incline but once I have it run it well I will hook up some coaches and see how it pulls. My best for pulling anything are of course my Union Mills beasts, as they just work!

Thanks to everyone that offered advice. Also thanks to the forum member who did the link for Model Railways Direct at that very time...a Castle for 74 quid is in my mind a good deal!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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