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Bachmann Model Railroads & Trains

Bachmann Industries has a long, interesting past. The company was founded in 1833 by Henry Carlisle of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He originally made Spanish-style combs for women’s hair out of horn, ivory, and tortoise shell. The company diversified into other hair products and umbrella handles after the Civil War.

In 1899, the company merged with a competing company owned by Henry G. Bachmann and his son Walter J. Bachmann. The company adapted to changes in manufacturing in 1912 by using a new material, celluloid, to manufacture eyeglass frames. Henry G. Bachmann died in 1914 and the company changed its name to Bachmann Brothers. The company specialized in injection molding and was the first American company to manufacture prescription sunglasses.

Bachmann Brothers moved to its present headquarters in 1929. They continued to produce glasses, goggles, and model kits after World War II. Bachmann broke into the model railroad business with its line of model buildings for model railroads. Called Plasticville U.S.A., this line remains a favorite of hobbyists. A Hong Kong company, Kader, began manufacturing model railroad sets for Bachmann in 1969. Kader purchased Bachmann in 1981 and renamed the company Bachmann Industries. Kader is now the world’s largest manufacturer of model railroads.


Quick Facts

  • During World War II, Bachmann manufactured sunglasses for the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Air Corps. They also manufactured protective eye devices and submarine battery caps
  • Plasticville U.S.A. model buildings started out as snap-together kits. This line continues to manufacture kits, but now also includes prebuilt model railroad accessories
  • Bachmann Industries is the only model train company that offers a line of products in N, HO, On30, O, and G scales

Recommended Items at Auction

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Group of 5 M.A.S.H. - H.O. Scale Train Cars
Jul 27, 9:00 AM CDT
Group of 5 M.A.S.H. - H.O. Scale Train Cars
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$151 Bid
Bachmann Big Haulers G Ga. 90011 Thunderbolt Express Freight Set Boxed
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann Big Haulers G Ga. 90011 Thunderbolt Express Freight Set Boxed
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $50
$100 Bids
Bachmann Big Haulers G Ga. Golden Classics Series PRR Pass Set LIKE NEW Boxed
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann Big Haulers G Ga. Golden Classics Series PRR Pass Set LIKE NEW Boxed
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 90016 Royal Blue Pass Set 97143 97443 LIKE NEW Boxed
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 90016 Royal Blue Pass Set 97143 97443 LIKE NEW Boxed
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 11398 Porter Side 0-4-0 UP Tank Loco Boxed
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 11398 Porter Side 0-4-0 UP Tank Loco Boxed
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $50
$100 Bids
Lot of HO Scale Engines
Aug 29, 11:00 AM EDT
Lot of HO Scale Engines
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
Bachmann G Ga. Emmett Kelly Jr. Circus Set 90021 and 97271
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann G Ga. Emmett Kelly Jr. Circus Set 90021 and 97271
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Bachmann Big Haulers G Ga. Emmett Kelly Circus 98171 98172 98372 Boxed 225 234
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann Big Haulers G Ga. Emmett Kelly Circus 98171 98172 98372 Boxed 225 234
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Bachmann G Ga. Emmett Kelly Jr. Circus Cars 247 144 232 225 Managers
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann G Ga. Emmett Kelly Jr. Circus Cars 247 144 232 225 Managers
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Bachmann G Ga. Pass Cars UP 554 628 15 21 North Pole Southern Christmas
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann G Ga. Pass Cars UP 554 628 15 21 North Pole Southern Christmas
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 90024 Liberty Bell Limited PRR Pass Set
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 90024 Liberty Bell Limited PRR Pass Set
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $50
$100 Bids
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 93202 93436 2-98114 153 98120 and 93254 98229 Boxes ONLY
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 93202 93436 2-98114 153 98120 and 93254 98229 Boxes ONLY
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 90015 Rocky Mountain Express Set LIKE NEW Boxed
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 90015 Rocky Mountain Express Set LIKE NEW Boxed
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 90-0100 Battery Operated Radio Control Freight Set
Jul 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Bachmann Big Hauler G Ga. 90-0100 Battery Operated Radio Control Freight Set
by Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists
Est: $10- $50
$100 Bids
Spectrum Bachmann's Ho Scale City Scene
Jul 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Spectrum Bachmann's Ho Scale City Scene
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
BACHMANN #3012 ALASKA TRAIN ENGINE #63548-EMD-GP-40-IOB
Jul 21, 1:00 PM CDT
BACHMANN #3012 ALASKA TRAIN ENGINE #63548-EMD-GP-40-IOB
by Ramblin Rose Auction Co
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
BACHMANN DIESEL EXPRESS TRAIN SET #00091-COMPLETE SET-NEVER USED-IOB
Jul 21, 1:00 PM CDT
BACHMANN DIESEL EXPRESS TRAIN SET #00091-COMPLETE SET-NEVER USED-IOB
by Ramblin Rose Auction Co
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
Bachman Diesel Hustler Electric Train Set, In Box
Jul 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Bachman Diesel Hustler Electric Train Set, In Box
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$20 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Bachmann Model Railroads & Trains


Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Stout Auctions Toy and Train Specialists

Ramblin Rose Auction Co

Ramblin Rose Auction Co

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery