In 1988 the model railroad company Bachmann introduced the "Spectrum" line of higher quality equipment. This included more realistic paint schemes, updated motors, and better detail.

Different company

Spectrum was considered a totally different company from the regular Bachmann company. The initial offering was a GE 44 Ton Diesel. Later on, the Spectrum line expanded to include an EMD GP30, a Pennsylvania Railroad K-4 Pacific, and a General Electric Dash 8-40C.

In 1998, Bachmann introduced their Spectrum H0 scale 2-8-0 Consolidation, which was selected "Model of the Year" by the readers of Model Railroader magazine.

By 2000, Bachmann Spectrum was no longer considered a separate product and became one of the Bachmann product lines, as Spectrum was finally included in their regular catalogs.

Bachmann Spectrum value and price guide

What's your 'Bachmann Spectrum' worth? Here are some recently sold items (Australia).

Picture Title Date Sold for
82927 Ho 70 Ton Truck Climax Loco Dcc 82927 Ho 70 Ton Truck Climax Loco Dcc 09/2019 AU $847.63
Spectrum Bachmann 81197 Train Engine G Spectrum Bachmann 81197 Train Engine G 09/2019 AU $549.14
G Scale 25 Ton Climax Narrow Gauge G Scale 25 Ton Climax Narrow Gauge 11/2019 AU $431.13
New N Norfolk Western J Class Auxiliary New N Norfolk Western J Class Auxiliary 09/2019 AU $363.90
Bachmann 82904 Spectrum Ho 70 Ton Three Bachmann 82904 Spectrum Ho 70 Ton Three 10/2019 AU $438.42

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