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Title: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on February 05, 2017, 04:02:35 PM
The Walthers website says that Rheneas is available March 1st! That means bachmann should have a photo of Rheneas soon. Right?


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: HLC Railroad on February 05, 2017, 05:00:15 PM
Walthers has proven to be an unreliable site. Just look that Oliver page. I wouldn't trust Walthers, besides The NY Toy show is starting soon, on the 18th I believe, and Bachmann usually releases new updates there.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on February 05, 2017, 05:42:20 PM
Because we all know how reliable Walthers is.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Griffin on February 05, 2017, 05:48:17 PM
Let's hope that maybe this time they're right... :-/


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on February 05, 2017, 05:53:28 PM
Let's hope that maybe this time they're right... :-/

We would have had a image of the model by now.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: douglas on February 08, 2017, 11:29:49 PM
I've heard the 31st being bandied about as the release date, perhaps from Trainworld or Bachmann themselves. Hoping that's the last of any delays we get for our gallant little engine.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: TTTEfan1992 on February 09, 2017, 03:06:39 AM
I wouldn't be too much in a panic to not see Bachmann Rheneas. We should see a picture of the Bachmann Rheneas here at the very end of this month when the catalogs for this year come out.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: thomasj219 on February 10, 2017, 06:26:27 AM
Yes. He'll come when he comes. Models don't really have solid "release dates" per-say. 


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Metal on February 18, 2017, 08:53:24 PM
Bachmann Rheneas, in the flesh.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4_Ql0MUcAAZd86.jpg)

Hopefully we'll get a better angle.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on February 18, 2017, 09:02:10 PM
Wish I could see them from the front, but already he looks incredible! I'm glad I already have them on preorder.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on February 18, 2017, 11:02:53 PM
Looks fine to me, keep in mind it could be an incomplete model on display.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: HLC Railroad on February 19, 2017, 07:50:32 AM
Let's talk about what that picture DOES show. We can see that there is an open cab and maybe even cab detail if you look close enough. It also would appear that all the body proportions are correct as well as the livery.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: sean1994rail on February 21, 2017, 09:09:44 AM
Bachmann Rheneas, in the flesh.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4_Ql0MUcAAZd86.jpg)

Hopefully we'll get a better angle.
Lovely model! Well done Bachmann! Hope you'll do just as well with Rusty and Paxton.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Griffin on February 21, 2017, 09:11:11 AM
I have a feeling we'll get Rheneas's picture soon...at least I hope so. The pictures from this year's Toy Fair were, frankly, atrocious. We need a Thomas fan there every year to get us some HQ pics of the new stuff!!


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on February 21, 2017, 02:23:44 PM
I have a feeling we'll get Rheneas's picture soon...at least I hope so. The pictures from this year's Toy Fair were, frankly, atrocious. We need a Thomas fan there every year to get us some HQ pics of the new stuff!!

Frankly I'm surprised Thomas fans based in the US don't flock over there.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: MeganekkoFury1126 on February 21, 2017, 05:33:36 PM
Getting into these shows isn't quite as easy as one might think. Plus, the majority of people who do attend aren't coming for Thomas the Tank Engine.

Even in train shows, in particular the TCA bi-annual meet in York, Pennsylvania, the majority of train enthusiasts are adults who aren't into Thomas. I am a regular attender of that show and ones similar, and I am generally the youngest person there - going on 24 - who came on his own free will and am very active in the Thomas community.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: donaldthescottishtwin on February 21, 2017, 05:41:46 PM
There used to be a fair amount of Thomas community members from this forum that went to these shows, I remember we had a high quality look at Duck way before he was released.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Artist794 on February 21, 2017, 07:25:36 PM
I went to the Springfield, "Big E" train show this year and it normally is the one time I get to see the major train companies like Bachmann and Lionel in person.  Bachmann had models of Oliver and the slate cars there but no Rheneas or Rosie. ( was kinda disappointed they were not there). But I will agree it seems that there isn't a major focus on Thomas in my local area show, besides me. This always annoys me because I see lots of other kids younger than me that are wearing or carrying Thomas brand items. You would think there might be more of a connection.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: grandpuff on April 24, 2017, 01:39:27 PM
Well since April is almost over does anyone have any additional close to accurate info on a possible release date since we still do not even have any good photos yet?

I think one supplier now says July.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: sean1994rail on April 26, 2017, 03:17:12 PM
Another shop I looked up online also has Rheneas down for July release, and Rosie for June.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Griffin on April 28, 2017, 12:18:12 PM
https://twitter.com/RailfanJohn425/status/857992038868037632 (https://twitter.com/RailfanJohn425/status/857992038868037632)


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: HLC Railroad on April 28, 2017, 01:23:44 PM
That's amazing!!!


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on April 28, 2017, 01:24:48 PM
Absolutely love the model of Rheneas, or at least the better angle of him.  It's obvious Bachmann put a lot of time and effort into the model just like Skarloey and it will in no doubt be a massively popular seller.  Hoping it comes out by this summer.

Also, now that the slate wagons are finally out, we can watch the narrow gauge line continue to grow from there.  Fingers crossed that we also see this same quality in Rusty.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: JD417 on April 28, 2017, 02:41:38 PM
I obviously couldn't wait to see Rheneas better, but I'm definitely more excited to see how Rusty turns out compared to Rheneas, and that's due to the fact that the Skarloey model is essentially Talyllyn in Skarloey's livery, so we pretty much knew Rheneas would follow the same path (Dolgoch in Rheneas' Livery).
But the reason why I'm more excited to see Rusty is because I can't wait to see what they go for with Rusty, as in will he completely look like CGI Rusty, with the poorly rendered front (Misshapen is the best way to describe it) and different shaped bufferbeam?

(http://i.imgur.com/itash5z.png)

Or will they throw away the whole 'Basis in the character's livery' thing they've been doing this far in favour to make the character appear how they are in the show?
Personally I hope they go for a Midlander shape for Rusty, because at least then his face won't be so ridiculously large.

I also just realized as I was typing this that they forgot to give Rheneas a headlamp. Pity too, as we saw with Oliver they sure can make a good one.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Griffin on April 28, 2017, 03:29:32 PM
What on Earth makes you think that they won't go with how he looks in the TVS? It's pretty absurd to think that they'll actually make him accurate to his basis. Heck, his CGI promo was used in the catalog. That leaves very little to imagination imo


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Metal on April 28, 2017, 05:20:26 PM
I think we'll see Rusty based off his CGI render. The NG Engines are captured after their CGI counterparts with the Talyllyn Railway rivet patterns. I wouldn't mind and personally based off his TV counterpart. Duncan, however is very debatable, but that's another story for another time.

On the side note, I would like to see how Bachmann would pull off Peter Sam, considering the detailing on his CGI render as well his Giesl  Funnel. I think Peter Sam has the best CGI render out of the NG characters, IMO.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: JD417 on April 28, 2017, 05:32:59 PM
What on Earth makes you think that they won't go with how he looks in the TVS? It's pretty absurd to think that they'll actually make him accurate to his basis. Heck, his CGI promo was used in the catalog. That leaves very little to imagination imo

You need to look at Skarloey and Rheneas in full detail.
Every single rivet that Talyllyn has is present on the Bachmann Skarloey model, while in the show, he only has a few going up his bunker. Then there's the case of the number plate on the back of the cab, which Skarloey only had once or twice in the books, never in the show, but Talyllyn has. There's also the black bar at the end of the slide bars: Skarloey's goes straight up, while Talyllyn has it go up, inward, and then up again to line up with the saddle tank. As you could guess at this point, guess which one Bachmann went with. Yep, They went with Talyllyn's design over Skarloeys.

Then skipping to Bachmann's model of Rheneas, you can see the extra riveting detail along the splasher, which Dolgoch has, and Rheneas does not. Then there's the boiler supports as well, Dolgoch has them, Rheneas does not, and the Bachmann model has them. Finally, Bachmann Rheneas has rivets going all around the bottom half of the cab, Rheneas in the show, does not have those, but Dolgoch does.

As I said, the Bachmann Thomas Narrow Gauge range is based more so on the real engines, with the character's liveries (And face of course), which is why I'm very curious to what they're going to do with Rusty, him being so 'off' compared to Midlander.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Griffin on April 28, 2017, 06:04:22 PM
But those are small details- this would be a complete overhaul. I don't think you can compare them.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: JD417 on April 28, 2017, 08:56:01 PM
It is completely safe to think of this idea, because it's what Bachmann has done for the entire range so far.
That's why I'm extremely curious to see what they do.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Sparks on April 28, 2017, 11:48:24 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-irO33W0AcM2T7.jpg:large)
I like my idea.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: JD417 on April 29, 2017, 05:39:57 AM
I think that design would be best. Looks extremely Season 4ish, and obviously still has Midlander's design, and Bachmann's shown they're not afraid to mix a character's appearances into their model; like Arry and Bert having CGI faces, and Season 5 rods (Unpainted), and obviously what I've said so far about Skarloey and Rheneas.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Griffin on April 29, 2017, 09:59:53 AM
Still, faces and small details like side rods and rivets just can't be compared to a complete overhaul of a character's design that doesn't remotely portray their original design.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Anthony P2 on April 29, 2017, 12:03:14 PM
Heard through the grapevine on a model railway message board, I forget which one, that Bachman does a full scan of the Talyllyn Railway locos, and possibly rolling stock hence why the slate truck looks the way it does, for the Skarloey Railway product line. This explains why Skarloey and Rehneas have more detail than the actual characters do. Rusty might be an exception though. Since TVS Rusty has quite a few differences than Midlander, it could go either way. They might design the whole thing from scratch to make him look just like the TVS one or they might do a scan of Midlander and put a Rusty face on it. I could also see Bachmann doing and altered version like the one Chaz posted though which would be a mix of practically every version of Rusty. Still looking forward to the model either way!


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on April 29, 2017, 04:24:53 PM
If Oliver is anything to go off of, it's that the current render of the character is most likely what Mattel would want the character to look like.

That being said, in last year's catalog the image used for the slate wagons used a picture from the classic series as a reference, and when photos of the wagons were revealed they appeared to be based off Talyllyn slate wagons instead of the ones on the show.  The details and quality on Skarloey and Rheneas are also worth taking into consideration too as Bachmann is clearly aiming the narrow gauge range to the older and more serious collectors.

I think it's a little hard to tell at this point with Rusty since while I think both sides are valid, the model just got announced this year so it's not like we will have a definitive answer anytime soon anyways.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Sparks on April 29, 2017, 11:19:06 PM
On that note;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEl868nXOtU&feature=youtu.be&t=489
Look, we got acknowledged. Maybe some day Bachmann Trains will be as sassy as the Wendys Twitter.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: AJW98Productions on April 30, 2017, 07:30:03 AM
One thing I must bring to light is that Rheneas's handrail on top of his boiler isn't moulded, but instead is fitted separately. I must say, I am really impressed by this. Rheneas's model looks amazing, and I am glad they Bachmann took their time so that this model turned out nicely. I'd dare say that maybe, just maybe, they may have outdone themselves again, maybe even edging out Skarloey in terms of detail...maybe.

I know it's unlikely, and I go on about it a lot, but I really hope that Bachmann can release the Blue and White Coaches from the RWS/early TV Series, with a matching Breakevan. I feel like they'd look simply amazing with Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty.

~Alex.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: TrainshockeylifE on May 01, 2017, 04:34:48 PM
Has anyone noticed what the bachmann Representative said? He said they didn't put dcc sound in the ho scale Thomas YET....... Maybe that's a sign that bachmann will?


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: sean1994rail on May 01, 2017, 05:01:20 PM
Has anyone noticed what the bachmann Representative said? He said they didn't put dcc sound in the ho scale Thomas YET....... Maybe that's a sign that bachmann will?
No. they could only fitted an analogue sound chip into the HO Thomas, and any other HO engine that might get an analogue sound variant in the future.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Titanic5972 on May 01, 2017, 11:46:06 PM
How do you know that Sean? They may well decide to retool to give DCC capabilities to the Thomas range over time.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: grandpuff on May 08, 2017, 05:44:30 PM
My Backorder confirmation from my supplier says Rheneas in stock date of 7-17-17.

Also at a very good price.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on May 17, 2017, 10:25:38 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?a=&feature=youtu.be&v=aJGT13QpRMA

Here's a video from Trainworld featuring another look at Rheneas at the show in York.  Always great seeing the attention and publicity that the narrow gauge range deserves. 


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on July 28, 2017, 01:14:03 PM
As much as I hate to double-post I just got an email from HobbyLinc and this actually worries me a little.  They cancelled my preorder on Rheneas saying something along the lines of the product being on backorder for over 6 months.  I had to call them to get my preorder reinstated, but hopefully it won't be that much longer.  Especially considering that Rheneas has so much more going for him in terms of sales than Rosie does, why Bachmann got Rosie out before Rheneas is beyond me as I'm sure everyone would have preferred it being the other way around. 

I think I speak for many, but I really hope there is an update on his release date at the NMRA next week.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: HLC Railroad on July 28, 2017, 10:42:12 PM
I'm sure they're just waiting for a large enough supply to be made so they can put him up for Sale without the worries of selling out so quickly like they did with Skarloey.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: DucktheGWREngine08 on August 03, 2017, 06:28:40 PM
I honestly hope it won't be too much longer and I hope they also get another shipment of Skarloey as I missed the chance to get him.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: douglas on August 04, 2017, 02:45:31 PM
This is really starting to get to me. I backordered Rheneas in September of last year, only to be told multiple times that he was on further backorder. Right now he's available for backorder at TrainWorld for $99, yet the item page says it is due to be in stock as of July 31.
ALL I WANT IS MY MODEL, BACHMANN. Please get Rheneas out there soon!


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: DucktheGWREngine08 on August 04, 2017, 03:13:05 PM
This is really starting to get to me. I backordered Rheneas in September of last year, only to be told multiple times that he was on further backorder. Right now he's available for backorder at TrainWorld for $99, yet the item page says it is due to be in stock as of July 31.
ALL I WANT IS MY MODEL, BACHMANN. Please get Rheneas out there soon!

I emailed Bachmann about it, they said that they were hoping by Christmas this year.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: trains4life on August 05, 2017, 05:35:59 AM
Found some new pics of Rheneas on twitter from @EmptyFreightCar.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGbfithV0AEVm_L.jpg:large)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGbfithVwAIZ4v4.jpg:large)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGbfiukVwAEw6-v.jpg:large)


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Plow Bender on August 05, 2017, 09:12:32 AM
Although I'm not collecting the Bachmann narrow gauge range (YET) I must say that after seeing these photos, I'm very excited for when Rheneas is finally released.  I thought Skarloey was good, but Rheneas looks even better in my opinion.  Kind of has me anxious to see what Rusty looks like when we finally get a photo of him.  Needless to say, I donít think heíll be a disappointment either.

All that being said, Rheneas (along with Skarloey and maybe Rusty) is definitely going on my Christmas list.  Hopefully in the upcoming months I can get around to getting materials and starting a HOn30 layout this winter.  Considering Iím selling off my 4x12 HO scale layout later this month, Iíll have plenty more room and some extra cash to spend.

-Rusty


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Titanic5972 on August 05, 2017, 10:55:11 AM
Wow Rheneas looks amazing.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: DucktheGWREngine08 on August 06, 2017, 07:54:16 AM
Although I'm not collecting the Bachmann narrow gauge range (YET) I must say that after seeing these photos, I'm very excited for when Rheneas is finally released.  I thought Skarloey was good, but Rheneas looks even better in my opinion.  Kind of has me anxious to see what Rusty looks like when we finally get a photo of him.  Needless to say, I donít think heíll be a disappointment either.

All that being said, Rheneas (along with Skarloey and maybe Rusty) is definitely going on my Christmas list.  Hopefully in the upcoming months I can get around to getting materials and starting a HOn30 layout this winter.  Considering Iím selling off my 4x12 HO scale layout later this month, Iíll have plenty more room and some extra cash to spend.

-Rusty

Rusty will more than likely come out next year, the pattern for the Bachmann Thmas narrow gauge is release around holiday time the year after they get announced.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Plow Bender on August 06, 2017, 08:52:40 AM
Rusty will more than likely come out next year, the pattern for the Bachmann Thmas narrow gauge is release around holiday time the year after they get announced.

Not sure that statement is entirely true.  Skarloey was announced in February 2015 (as is everything Bachmann announces) and Bachmann had him in stock just before Christmas that same year.  Rusty considering having a relatively easy tooling could be out by Christmas this year, but there might be a limited warehouse stock just like there was for Skarloey.  I guess truth be told, only time will tell.  Still got my fingers crossed as I'm sure many others do as well.

-Rusty


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Griffin on August 08, 2017, 08:43:24 PM
Found some new pics of Rheneas on twitter from @EmptyFreightCar.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGbfithV0AEVm_L.jpg:large)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGbfithVwAIZ4v4.jpg:large)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGbfiukVwAEw6-v.jpg:large)

Hello yes I am griffin of @EmptyFreightCar...glad y'all enjoyed the pics. Sorry I forgot to post here :-P Just saw this.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: grandpuff on August 10, 2017, 11:16:59 PM
Griffin thanks for sharing.

Rheneas looks totally amazing, even better than Skarloey in my opinion.

My supplier has now changed the arrival date from 7-31-17 to 8-31-17.

I certainly hope we do not have to wait until December as one poster mentioned.

Now that Bachmann will have both an 0-4-2 and an 0-4-0 chassis that should make producing future narrow gauge locos easier I would think.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: mully on August 27, 2017, 10:37:46 AM
I am seriously blown away by the detail on this model. He and skarloey are certainly on the list of items to get. Wondering if he will be released before skarloey is back in stock or if he will be pushed till skarloey is back in stock. Judging by the photos he is ready for release. Does anyone know when skarloey is back in stock BTW?


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on September 04, 2017, 01:18:08 PM
Rheneas was even on display at the narrow gauge convention, I am honestly surprised there is no updated photo of him at the web store, let alone not being out yet. 


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: grandpuff on September 30, 2017, 03:14:31 PM
Hello to All:

I just noticed that my 'world wide train store" has changed the expected date for Rheneas to 12-31-17.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Plow Bender on October 01, 2017, 10:04:24 AM
Hello to All:

I just noticed that my 'world wide train store" has changed the expected date for Rheneas to 12-31-17.

Grandpuff

As I've said before, I'd be happy (as I'm sure many others would be too) if we at least get Rheneas before Christmas just as we did with Skarloey.  Personally I have my doubts on Rheneas not being available till the end of the year, but I've got a bad feeling you're probably right Mr. Grandpuff.  I guess the positive side is that when Rheneas is released (whenever that may be), we at least know we'll be getting a nice model thanks to the photos Mr. Griffin provided.

-Rusty


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: grandpuff on October 02, 2017, 06:29:09 PM
Plow Bender:

Thanks for sharing your perspective regarding Rheneas arrival. You are absolutely right in stating that whenever he arrives Rheneas will be a very welcome addition to the Narrow Gauge line indeed. The photos that Griffin shared show how amazing this new engine will be when it arrives, thank you in advance Bachmann.

Grandpuff


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: InsideTrack on October 13, 2017, 11:18:47 AM
Image of Rheneas posted. http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=258_259_972&products_id=5898 NO DELIVERY DATE YET! Watch our website & social media for more info.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on October 13, 2017, 02:15:04 PM
Fingers crossed the model will be out before Christmas.  As always he looks great.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: TrainFan97 on October 13, 2017, 03:44:16 PM
Considering he was first seen back in February, they must be trying to get a HUGE supply of models, possibly in time for Christmas. Let's hope he does make it.

Also, fingers crossed Peter Sam gets announced for 2018. Rusty might be revealed at that time as well (mid February).


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Plow Bender on October 24, 2017, 11:25:19 AM
Considering he was first seen back in February, they must be trying to get a HUGE supply of models, possibly in time for Christmas. Let's hope he does make it.

Also, fingers crossed Peter Sam gets announced for 2018. Rusty might be revealed at that time as well (mid February).

I think Bachmann is trying to get a large supply built up in time for Christmas in efforts to avoid the shortage of stock that they had with Skarloey.  Personally I don't think even that's going to work, considering the narrow gauge range literally flies off the shelves.  Bottom line here is, don't hesitate to get the model when it becomes available.

As for Rusty, I'm saying mid February as well.  I did have hopes of seeing him in time for Christmas, but we haven't even got as much as an update from Bachmann about him, which leads me to believe we probably won't hear anything on the model till next year.  Possibly get an update on the model along with the 2018 announcements.

-Rusty


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: DucktheGWREngine08 on October 26, 2017, 11:38:32 AM
They have an official image of Rheneas on the store site now.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: HLC Railroad on October 26, 2017, 11:41:23 AM
They have an official image of Rheneas on the store site now.
The picture is right here: http://shop.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=5898

He looks as good as Skarloey in my opinion, I wonder how well he'll run. Only one way to find out I guess.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: sean1994rail on November 22, 2017, 01:35:58 PM
lovely model. got it on pre-order.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on November 22, 2017, 02:37:15 PM
Would be nice to know if this will be out in time for Christmas.  Would have been a lot happier seeing an update on this than the James model.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Griffin on November 22, 2017, 05:23:17 PM
Would be nice to know if this will be out in time for Christmas.  Would have been a lot happier seeing an update on this than the James model.
I'm sure it will be before Christmas, Bachmann would never miss out on an opportunity to sell a model in such high demand around Christmastime when every consumer has their wallet out ready to spend...and I'm sure they didn't consciously choose to announce James over updating us about Rheneas. Patience is a virtue.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on November 22, 2017, 05:45:47 PM
I'm sure they didn't consciously choose to announce James over updating us about Rheneas. Patience is a virtue.

Except that's not what I said in my post... -_-

I said that I would have been a lot happier over hearing about Rheneas, and something tells me I'm not the only one who thinks this way.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Griffin on November 22, 2017, 06:21:46 PM
I'm sure they didn't consciously choose to announce James over updating us about Rheneas. Patience is a virtue.

Except that's not what I said in my post... -_-

I said that I would have been a lot happier over hearing about Rheneas, and something tells me I'm not the only one who thinks this way.
All I meant was, they don't have control about which products are updated when. Therefore, what you or anyone might've preferred to see first wasn't what they could've shown.

I'm quite happy James is being updated. Might lead the way for more in the future.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: angelob6660 on November 26, 2017, 02:15:04 PM
I'm having a hard time for my excitement when the narrow gauge engines to come out and next year's releases.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: grandpuff on November 29, 2017, 03:31:30 PM
Just to let everyone know that I was just notified by "TW" that my Rheneas was shipped to me today.

Horray !!!
Grandpuff


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Anthony P2 on November 29, 2017, 04:57:33 PM
Pre-ordered Rheneas months ago from Trainworld and I finally got a call today too saying he is now available and is being prepared to ship out!  :D


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on November 29, 2017, 07:12:55 PM
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Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Sparks on November 29, 2017, 08:35:45 PM
There's a slight humor in Rheneas popping up on websites and shipping out before Bachmann themselves announce his release.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Plow Bender on November 30, 2017, 01:51:04 AM
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Considering family has been on me asking what in the hey I want for Christmas, I think I'll be putting Rheneas on my list along with the squirty gun and the YoYo. :D  In all seriousness though, I'm glad to see Rheneas shipping before Christmas.  Hopefully a new supply of Skarloey models is going to be shipping soon as well.

-Rusty


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: angelob6660 on November 30, 2017, 10:34:43 PM
I got an email from Walthers today that he's being shipped out.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: HLC Railroad on November 30, 2017, 11:18:45 PM
Can't wait to see him! I'm sure he's a lovely model!


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Anthony P2 on December 02, 2017, 12:46:33 PM
So this one is actually for either the Bach-man or InsideTrack...
I just received my Rheneas in the mail from Trainworld and upon opening the box, I noticed the whistle was missing, the running board by the cab was warped a little which then made the cab not sit right on the loco. Should I return it to Bachmann or should I return it to Trainworld? I never encounter new models with issues so I'm unsure what is the best way to return it. Also, if I send it back to you, should I supply a filling in warranty card?


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on December 02, 2017, 01:15:41 PM
Send it back to Bachmann and include the warranty card and/or the receipt as proof of purchase explaining which parts are missing.  They should be able to have a replacement for you.

Mine will be coming in next week from Trainworld too so if mine has the same issue I will let everyone on here know. 


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Anthony P2 on December 02, 2017, 05:04:00 PM
Thanks for your help Chaz! Iíve had pretty good luck with new stuff. In the 15 years Iíve been in the hobby, thereís only been probably 3 times I had to get a replacement of a new product.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on December 02, 2017, 07:25:25 PM
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The Bachmann Rheneas has finally arrived and you are hearing this review literally live as I am at my model railroad club reviewing this model as it's running to the public as we speak.  I figured it would be best to take pictures of him while he's out and about and share from there.  So as usual here are my thoughts on this extraordinary model.

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2016 was such a hit and miss year for Bachmann.  We had some incredible new slate wagons, troublesome truck #5 was a nice surprise in terms of its design, and and we witnessed some decent quality in the DCC/sound large scale equipment.  Yet this was also the same year we not only got some of the worst choices for rolling stock in HO and large scale, but we also had to sit through Rosie who not only didn't deserve to be added in the range, but left a lot to be desired as a model.  Probably one of the lowest moves I've seen Bachmann make in a really long time, if at all. 

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Rheneas on the other hand is literally the exact opposite of Rosie as he was not only the top demand for narrow gauge but it also shows Bachmann's real time and quality at its absolute best just like the Skarloey model before it.  The narrow gauge range has always impressed me, with the exception of the Peco recolors, and it's great to see that same quality shown once again in its absolute best.  It took a while for this model to come out, much longer than it did for Skarloey but was it worth the wait?  The honest answer to this one is, with this much quality and detail, absolutely.

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In terms of looks, Bachmann hit the livery spot-on.  One thing that previous merchandise lines have done with Rheneas before his return in CGI was they had the tendency to give Rheneas a pink livery which always looked really odd to me.  Even Ertl and the early wooden toys got this wrong too, and even as a kid I thought they looked off.  Fortunately it hasn't been an issue recently and I'm so glad that it also wasn't an issue here with Bachmann as their Rheneas has a nice orange livery.  Although it could be closer to vermilion it doesn't bug me at all and doesn't detract from he model at all. 

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The details on Rheneas are impressive too, most notably, the exact same river detail as it's basis Dolgoch.  Now as some of you may know/heard, Bachmann Trains did indeed have some representatives go to the Talyllyn railway to get measurements of their locomotives (except Sir Haydn who's still in overhaul :(), and their rolling stock.  They knew that selling these models in those proportions would attract OO9 modelers which is why these have been selling out regularly.  It was a smart move for Bachmann to do this and I'm hoping they will do the same for Rusty and other future products as well.  Of course that's always a discussion for another time.

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The biggest complaint I have heard about the Rheneas model, is it's funnel. I agree that the funnel does look slightly too thin, even if that trait comes from the CG render, (which I'm sure our buddies at Mattel suggested), but really I don't consider it to be a big deal since it still captures Rheneas' character really well.  Although I still rank Skarloey slightly higher for that reason alone (because I genuinely see no flaw with Skarloey), it doesn't detract from the model at all and still a worthy addition.  If the funnel issue bothers you I'm sure there are creative alternatives out there for a funnel closer to his basis.

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At the same time Rheneas exceeds in one area above Skarloey which is cab detail.  It isn't much but part of the cab is shaped and is also painted black, compared to Skarloey who had basically no detail in the open cab.  Both models are great at the end of the day, and cab detail is always something fans can get creative with themselves.

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Performance wise, like Skarloey, Rheneas is an incredible runner.  Once I got him running at my show he was a hit.  He's a smooth runner and was able to pull all the slate wagons with no trouble.  Absolutely no complaints with this or the hauling power. 

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Overall, it amazes me to see Bachmann go so far in both quality and effort in the narrow gauge range.  Skarloey and the slate wagons were already impressive, but Rheneas seems to show that Bachmann can still produce quality products despite Mattel having Thomas And Friends enter such a dark state in terms of both the show and toy quality.  If there is anything positive about Rosie coming out before Rheneas, it's the fact that we as fans can be assured Bachmann's Thomas range is still in good hands even if Mattel makes decisions for them that don't always necessarily work.  If there is any model you should save up for or have as Christmas present, or even keep for display in your own personal collection... this is the one.  Bachmann have really outdone themselves with this model and it only makes me even more excited and hopeful for Rusty and what is in store for the 2018 announcements.

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Thank you Bachmann for this extraordinary model. 


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: TerencetheTractor525 on December 03, 2017, 12:04:57 AM
Thank you for sharing the Rheneas model with a thorough review Chaz! He looks phenomenal. The shaped cab really surprised me, especially when considering how small the model is. The only thing that I'm on the fence about is the orange livery as it is on the lighter side. This also makes me wonder if Rheneas and Rusty will be different shades of orange since Rusty is technically a lighter shade of orange than Rheneas. Nevertheless, just the fact that they made Rheneas orange makes me very happy. To sum up, this is a model that I will certainly not miss out on. Well done Bachmann!


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Falcon on December 03, 2017, 02:17:27 PM
Looks like Rheneas was well worth the wait! It might take a while until I can get him since I plan on getting Skarloey first, but Chaz's review shows that Bachmann has done our Gallant Old Engine a lot of justice.  :)

I look forward to seeing Rusty as well. He'll likely look just as glorious as Rheneas does.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on December 03, 2017, 10:46:36 PM
It's shocking that Rusty is literally the only thing left in the narrow gauge range to anticipate before the 2018 announcements!  I'm sure they will have Rusty's livery contrast more in comparison to Rheneas but I would be all for Peter Sam next year for not only the reasons I explained earlier but also for a better color contrast in the range. 

Thanks Falcon and Terence for the positive responses to the review, he's a great model and both of you will be very happy with him!


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: TrainFan97 on December 04, 2017, 01:27:47 AM
We should definitely see Peter Sam get announced for 2018.

Hopefully, Sir Haydn will be out of overhaul by 2019, so Bachmann can eventually make Sir Handel, having the proportions of his basis.

As for Duncan, the Bachmann representatives can do what Nitrogen wasn't able to do: Get the measurements for Douglas. Nitrogen couldn't do it, because Douglas was in overhaul at the time, which is why Duncan's CGI render is so bad. Being based on his model; not his basis. Definitely the odd one out. If Bachmann makes Duncan based on his render, his sales will be significantly minimal. Hopefully, they'll do what Nitrogen couldn't, if Mattel allows it of course.

Hopefully, Rusty will resemble Midlander as much as possible. His model was larger in scale than his basis to accommodate an eye mechanism and motor. When he returned in CGI, he kept that size for continuity. At least his render is good.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Sparks on December 04, 2017, 01:48:44 AM
Seems weird that Bachmann can't just send the Talyllyn Railway an email for blueprints/measurements of Sir Haydn if they really want to make Sir Handel. I'm sure they would comply/come to a deal if it meant getting another RTR model of one of their engines. To add, many photo references exist, and there's the Corris Railway locomotives as well they could get measurements from.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: HLC Railroad on December 04, 2017, 10:17:25 AM
Seems weird that Bachmann can't just send the Talyllyn Railway an email for blueprints/measurements of Sir Haydn if they really want to make Sir Handel. I'm sure they would comply/come to a deal if it meant getting another RTR model of one of their engines. To add, many photo references exist, and there's the Corris Railway locomotives as well they could get measurements from.
I know from experience that modeling things based solely on reference pictures is extremely difficult. When ever I model something I either try to get great side and front picture or blueprints of some sort. Sir Handle wouldn't be as accurate if they just used reference pictures. So they would either need to take the measurements themselves or get blueprints from who will most likely be the Corris Railway.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Falcon on December 04, 2017, 08:14:52 PM
Anytime, Chaz. I'd love to get Rheneas someday. ;)

I actually was thinking about mentioning Sir Handel eariler. He's my most wanted Narrow Gauge engine for the lineup, but he might take a while to make because of the overhaul... Nonetheless, I do look forward to the possibility of Peter Sam while I'm waiting.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on December 05, 2017, 03:11:13 AM
Even if Bachmann were to do Peter Sam and Duncan next Bachmann would be crazy not to do Sir Handel.  Personally I think it would come down to how they would get the measurements after the overhaul.  It makes a lot more sense for someone from Talyllyn to email accurate measurements after the overhaul rather than to send someone from Bachmann out there for measurements on literally just one locomotive.

Either that or they could just use the CG render, which admittedly I wouldn't put it past Mattel to suggest.  I would be all for it since I think Sir Handel's render is honestly one of the better designs.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: douglas on December 05, 2017, 09:28:15 AM
My Rheneas has arrived at last as well, though I haven't opened it up for further examination or a test run. He does look splendid from the outside though, like some other members, I wish that the body paint wasn't quite so... orange, where it's supposed to be more of a vermilion. So far that's my only complaint, I'll see how it runs later today.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: angelob6660 on December 06, 2017, 07:02:24 PM
I received my Rheneas in the mail early today.

I do agree with you he does has a more orange paint to him. In the right light he has an orangeiy reddish tint.

I will try to test run soon.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: trains4life on December 08, 2017, 08:14:05 PM

Hi Guys, I received my Rheneas today from Trainworld and I'm a bit worried the running board might be warped like Anthony P2's was. I can't take a pic of mine, but I found this pic on twitter....

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...and the front of mine looks a bit like this as well, sort of leaning to one side. So is this how it's meant to look or should I do something about it, like send it back to Trainworld. Thanks!


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Sparks on December 08, 2017, 08:38:37 PM
I had just noticed this on mine as well, and was going to inquire on it, but I got busy with a snow day.  :P


But yes, mine is doing an identical deformation on its footplate. The fact that it took me a few days to even notice this probably speaks volumes about the issue, but once you notice it, it does stick out a bit. If there's an easy way to fix it myself, I'd like to hear others experiences, or if this is an actual defect.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Anthony P2 on December 09, 2017, 12:51:11 PM
Oh dear!  :( I thought it was just mine! Sorry to hear about your models guys. I'm not even mad about the issue. I'm just happy Rheneas is out and that I'll hopefully be able to get a new one. I think this issue is happening because a.) Bachmann wanted to make sure they had enough on hand to meet demand and didn't want to run out like with Skarloey. and b.) The plastic might be thinner in that area for some reason. there's a screw underneath that attaches the footplate to the coal bunkers so maybe it might be the tightness of the screw is causing it? Maybe the increase in production to meet the deadline to ship cause this as well? I dunno! But I'm actually really happy that he's now available! I'm really loving the narrow gauge line and maybe some day we'll see Bachmann do a regular line of American HOn3 models?  :)


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: angelob6660 on December 10, 2017, 01:50:05 PM
I thought I can check it myself. Since it was still in the box, if my was warped.

Luckily I have a non default version. I still haven't ran it yet.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Sparks on December 10, 2017, 03:58:58 PM
Hopefully we will get an answer soon, likely on Monday if they do. I don't want to start fiddling with Rheneas in case it breaks warranty.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Chaz on December 11, 2017, 06:26:41 PM
Looks like someone else besides Thomas fans and 009 modelers are not the only ones who are excited for Skarloey and Rheneas...

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When the pictures were taken he actually asked me where to get them.  These were taken during my club's Christmas show!


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: the Bach-man on December 11, 2017, 10:44:11 PM
You go Santa!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: Griffin on December 12, 2017, 08:10:02 PM
That is the best thing I've seen all day.  :)


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: angelob6660 on December 15, 2017, 02:32:13 PM
I ran my Rheneas locomotive a few days ago with my NYC U25B since they ran on the same track.
He was a very good smooth quiet runner. I wish I had freight cars for him to pull.


Title: Re: Bachmann Rheneas coming Early March
Post by: trains4life on December 19, 2017, 07:25:29 PM
So I have some news about my model of Rheneas. Not only was the running board warped, but the line of black paint on the right side of the cab was scratched and there was also a black paint mark on the cab as well.

So I sent it back for a replacement and I just heard back from the shop that after opening three cases of Rheneas', all of them seem to have one problem or another. I'm really upset about this and I'm sure anyone else who also got a damaged Rheneas must also be upset. So.. how did this happen Bachmann?