BLI vs Bachmann Spectrum

NW Modeling List nw-modeling-list at
Tue Sep 18 18:58:01 EDT 2007

The great photo of 611 in front of Roanoke Shops has finally weakened
me to get one of the newer plastic "J"s.
My friend has a Bachmann, which runs Ok, and with weathering, looks
like the real thing in video.
I have NOT seen the BLI version. So.. I need some advice. Which
really looks more like the "J" in service.
Don't want the excursion version. BLI doe have the earlier version
with spoked pilot wheels.
I'm not planning for this engine to be run until it dies or anything,
just the occasional run with 5-20 passenger cars behind it.
Which version looks better, which has more accurate paint, and most
reliable mechanics?

Mark Lindsey
y3a at

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