The History of Bachmann Model Trains

Founded in 1833, Bachmann Brothers Company produced from tortoiseshell and ivory a range of personal vanity items such as combs. When celluloid, one of the first of the thermoplastics, became available in the early 1900s the company began to use that in their products, adding other items such a spectacle frames. The range of their different plastic products increased over the next 40 years. One Bachmann product, released in 1947, was a small plastic fence designed for decorating Christmas trees. While it proved successful for its original purpose, a whole new market began to open up. Because there were no suitable alternatives, the small plastic fence was eagerly sought after by early model train enthusiasts who added it to their model train layouts.

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Recognizing this was a new market, Bachmann decide to develop other products for this growing model train market 油漆工程. This led to the company producing the Plasticville range of scale model buildings. The first Plasticville accessories for collectors were in O scale and Bachmann later expanded these to ranges in HO scale and N scale.

Bachmann continued to produce their extensive range of plastic toys and these accessories for model train layouts but also began developing trains. They entered this market in 1968 with N scale model trains as this was a new scale for which there was a growing demand for what was then a relatively new scale. Then, to boost sales, they added HO scale model trains in 1970.

However falling profits resulted in financial difficulties and, in 1984, Bachmann Brothers business was acquired by Kader Industrial Company, a Hong Kong manufacturing company. Kader changed the name to Bachmann Industries, and began offering its own products to North American customers through Bachmann Industries.

Under the Bachmann brand, Kader purchased other failing companies and built itself up as the largest volume seller of model railways. Kader established a European division in 1989, and, using the molds it acquired from the recently acquired Palitov Company, created a new model trains series which they named the Bachmann Branchline. Further acquisitions followed in 1992 in Austria and in 2000 in the UK.

Kader’s business model, from the time of their initial acquisition of Bachmann, has been to purchase a well-established quality brand in the market or the country they are targeting. Kader’s next move has been to close down the purchased company’s production facilities, In order to improve the quality of the product lines they have acquired; they re-engineer the models at their Hong Kong factory. To reduce production costs, Kader then manufactures the enhanced products at their Dongguan production plant in Mainland China Currently Bachmann Industries offer model trains in HO scale, N scale, narrow gauge On30 scale and G scale, together with buildings and other accessories for these scales, all around the world.

The glue that currently holds Chinese society together is comprised of government promises connected to the hope of a better tomorrow, resigned submission to authority that is culturally ingrained, an entrenched fear (with teeth) that is systematically projected by the government into people in many complex overt and subtle ways, and the aggressive promotion of a blind form of ultra-nationalism that could have been plagiarized from Peronist fascists, even Goebbels would approve. China is a messed up, morally and sociologically confused country that has completely lost its ancient soul, and whose uncountable, unknowable, God forsaken teeming masses have been abandoned to the avaricious exploitations of domestic and world-wide business and commercial interests, while its own pathologically insecure, prestige and power hungry aristocratic elite celebrates the process and cheers it along with vigor.

In pondering China-what it was, what it is, what it very well may shortly emerge to become and what that emergence will mean for the human race and the shaping of world civilization and our common destiny, the most troubling aspect is to realize that the western world is now to a large degree responsible for lifting China to its full potential as a world superpower, and at break-neck speed, even though that country’s government and government inspired culture does not uphold or share any of the West’s values, ideals or visions, openly scorns the West, and beneath the surface feels toward it a loathing resentment based on envy, as well as for past grievances.

Over the past century China and her people have suffered possibly as no other nation and people ever have, or could imagine to have. Today many hundreds of millions are suffering still, with the worst possibly yet to come. Pray for China! Entirely aside from its people however, deeply entrenched within China I have strongly sensed that there is a sinister dynamic lurking, and if and when that mysterious, monstrous, tortured albeit angry dragon hiding inside of its box is let out, assisted by the rest of us in achieving its ambitiously stated goal of world domination. Pray for the world! Note: Dragon imagery has long played a prominent role in Chinese culture up to the present, and it permeates China’s cultural landscape. Dragon depictions are seen on buildings, paintings and murals everywhere, and they’re used as decorations on clothing, calendars and many other objects. The dragon is actually associated with being the unofficial national symbol of China, supposed by some to embody the spirit of the Chinese people. The Chinese dragon’s origins can be traced to the ancient Sumerian Civilization (Babylon), from where mythologies and legends were carried into China and absorbed. Accepted by most historians as being the first civilization of recorded human history, Sumeria’s rise predates that of Egypt. It is known that the Sumerians were snake worshipers who exalted their deities through the artistic creation of fanciful carvings and statues depicting huge, bizarre and fearsome serpents with wings, sometimes possessing gnashing fangs and flailing, clawed appendages. As a matter of dark fascination, a disturbing, arcane connection has been made between this great Eastern symbol and a prophetic passage taken from the highly allegorical Bible book of Revelation (Apocalypse), a Christian text usually associated with Western Civilization: “So down the Great Dragon was hurled, the Original Serpent, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth. He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him…Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to you, having great anger”. – Revelation 12: 9, 12

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