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Bachmann N Sound Value Baldwin 2-8-0

Read this review from the February 2019 Model Railroader
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Bachmann N Sound Value Baldwin 2-8-0

It was only a few months ago – in the September 2018 issue – that we last reviewed a Baldwin 2-8-0 steam locomotive from Bachmann. But that was an HO scale model. Bachmann’s new Consolidation is an N scale model. This freight hauler is well detailed, nicely decorated, and despite its small size, a strong puller. It’s also packed with features thanks to its dual-mode SoundTraxx Econami decoder.

The Consolidation was most railroads’ go-to freight engine at the beginning of the 1900s. Its four low drivers produced traction, not speed, letting it haul longer, heavier trains up steeper grades than the speedier 4-4-0s or lighter Moguls. Even after the development of engines with larger fireboxes like 4-6-2 Pacifics and 2-8-2 Mikados, new Consolidations continued to be built well into the 1930s, incorporating new technologies like superheaters. It wasn’t until after World War II that the last of the 2-8-0s dropped fire.

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