I was out railfanning this morning along the CN Redditt subdivision. I photographed an eastbound freight train and snapped a few photos of the rolling stock. One that I photographed was ALNX 396400:
When I was processing them in Lightroom, I recognized the road number as being the same as a model I have! Here’s the model, posed similarly:
You can see that they aren’t the same at all! The model is a Bachmann Silver Series car, which is a lower price, decent quality car.
Now here are the two of them, stuck together for easy comparison:
To be very critical, they don’t look a whole lot alike. The detail just isn’t there on the model in comparison with the prototype, and the lettering is larger than the prototype.
On the other hand, you can buy one of these for $15.99 Canadian and they are good operators, with metal wheels and Kadee couplers. They’re certainly better detailed and much better runners than the Life-Like cars! It would not be fair to compare it to, say, an Intermountain car, because you can buy two of the Bachmann cars for the price of one Intermountain car.
I don’t want to sound like I’m crapping on the Bachmann car. For the price it is a good deal and I would be glad to buy more like it.
I was tickled
pink blue to see the prototype of one of my cars!