Bachmann HO scale E60CP in Rock Island “Bankruptcy Blue”…


…catalog #751 in 1978-1980. Many thanks to a generous fellow modeler, who gave this to me.

A very intriguing bit of Bachmann’s early attempts at low end scale models, a lot of good detail, mixed with awful running mechanisms, making for the well earned nickname, “Botchmann”. How else does one explain a freight line’s colors on a passenger locomotive…and, with a drive train that sounds like a cross between a dental drill and an electric pencil sharpener, I’m stoked…

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Not a half bad effort on the Favely pantographs…they’re plastic castings with one stamped metal upright. It’s only real shortcoming being that there is no spring to hold it up, it’s a friction fit.

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