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Bachmann Trains

By Nic Poltronieri December 26, 2014

From their website…

Company History

The business was started in America in 1833 by Henry Carlisle. He was a manufacturer of products made from horn, ivory and tortoise shell. A large part of this business in that era was the manufacture of high-back Spanish combs for the ladies of the Southern States.

After the American Civil War this business, of course, was lost. The manufacture of side combs, dressing combs, barettes, and other hair ornaments was continued on a large scale from both horn and tortoise shell. Hand carved ivory umbrella handles were also made at that time.

In 1899, the business was merged with that of Henry G. Bachmann, a German immigrant who was engaged in a similar business with his son, Walter J. Bachmann.

Another son, Henry E. Bachmann, was at that time managing the business of Henry Carlisle.

The Kader Company was established in 1948 with the purpose of making models and toys for export around the world. In 1952 Kader made the first Model Trains for Bachmann‘s American market. This relationship developed and prospered until 1984, when Kader acquired the Bachmann Company in its entirety.

The Kader Company also produces Model Railway equipment for other Model brands. Bachmann Industries (Europe) was set up in England during 1989. It‘s initial product range, called Branchline, consisted of moulds used to produce the Mainline range of Railway models. These had been produced for Mainline by the Kader factory.

In 1992 Bachmann Industries (Europe) purchased the continental manufacturer Liliput and a German sales office was established, this handles all Marketing, sales and product development for the Liliput brand.

The start of the new millennium heralded yet more acquisitions and growth for the Bachmann group of companies. 2000 saw the British ‘N’ scale manufacturer Graham Farish purchased by Bachmann Europe plc. This range of models has also had its production transferred to the Kader factory, joining both Branchline and Liliput.

Kader is, by volume, the largest manufacturer of Model Railways in the world.

The Kader Group produces model trains for the whole world; being accredited with ISO 9001 certification in 1999 as recognition to the high quality of its products and services. It employs up to 18000 workers and annually produces over 1.3 million train sets for the U.S market alone!

Bachmann Branchline aims to help you the modeller by providing the finest OO scale

British locomotives and rolling stock. The very essence of our being is to give you the discerning
model railway enthusiast true to life/true to scale models that reproduce in miniature, the realism of railways from yesteryear and today.

We also distribute many other of the essential items that you need to complete a realistic Model Railway. We are the agents for Bachmann American outline products in ‘N’, ‘HO’, ‘On30′ and ‘G’ scales. Aristocraft Garden Railways are a leading manufacturer of Outdoor railway systems, supplying everything from the track, Locos and control equipment.

Woodland Scenics and DPM buildings are regarded by many to be the most comprehensive and versatile range of scenic materials available.

We also import our own range of vehicles under the Intertrans brand.

This Website will provide you with information on the entire Bachmann Europe plc Portfolio. It is updated regularly and has become very popular with modellers and collectors the World over.

All of our United Kingdom stockists are listed, as well as out International sales agents.

Since the introduction of the Branchline range in 1989, the variety of models available has expanded year upon year and has seen many technical and design advancements against models of earlier generations. Innovation and constant product improvement is of prime concern to Bachmann.

1998 was the 50th birthday of the Kader Company, it also saw the introduction of the Bachmann Blue Riband Range; especially designed and manufactured to exceptionally high detail, delivering the best you can get in British Outline models.

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