Bachmann’s website now features photos of its new HO scale Birney safety cars in five paint schemes, as well as photos of several new paint schemes for the company’s line of PCC and Brill trolleys.
Today appears to have been the debut for photos of painted examples of Bachmann’s new single-truck Birney safety cars. Here is the page for their Third Avenue Railway Birney. Other schemes listed are Philadelphia, Baltimore, Sacramento and New York & Queens. It’s not clear whether the cars are actually available yet; a survey of several dealers’ websites shows some still expect the cars this month, while others suggest they may not be available until January.
Still, this is exciting news for traction modelers, and the cars look attractive in the basic photos provided. As with Bachmann’s HO Peter Witt cars, the working trolley poles appear a bit poorly proportioned, but that is a minor point — and indeed, modelers who use live overhead often fit their own poles.
Meanwhile, for N scale modelers, Bachmann earlier this week posted images of several new paint schemes for its classic PCC and Brill trolleys: Cincinnati and Kansas City for PCCs and TARS and New Orleans (Desire) for the Brills (the latter two schemes also available in HO).