Bachmann is a Chinese toy manufacturer that specializes in model railroading. It was founded in 1833 and has released a G-scale Polar Express train set. The locomotive in the set, however, bears no resemblance to the Pere Marquette 1225, the real-life locomotive which the Polar Express is based off of. It instead uses the same model as Bachmann's Big Hauler locomotive, which has a 4-6-0 configuration.
- "Winter wonderland. This G scale train set is inspired by the classic children's book "The Polar Express." Set includes: 4-6-0 steam locomotive with operating headlight, smoke and speed-synchronized sound; coal tender; coach with lighted interior observation car with lighted interior and drumhead; engineer and fireman figures; 20 piece 8'2" x 4'3" oval track; power pack; illustrated "Bach Man" instruction manual; and VHS format video instructions. A custom made sleigh bell is also included with each set. Power pack UL listed. Lifetime LMW. Ages 8 and up. Made in China."
The locomotive included in the set, like all of Bachmann's "Big Hauler" 4-6-0's, is based off of a design built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad (ET&WNC), which was a 3 foot Narrow Gauge line that ran between Johnson City, Tennessee & Boone, NC. 4 of these locomotives were built, with only one survivor: Engine #12, which is preserved and operational at the Tweetsie Railroad Theme Park in Blowing Rock, NC.
- On the back of the observation car, there is a picture of the Silver bell located on the drumhead.
- A custom made sleigh bell was included with each set.
- Bachmann also made a set that's similar to the polar express set in HO called the "North Pole Express" train set which included a 2-6-2 steam locomotive with two of the passenger cars that's painted in the same colors as the polar express coaches.
|Toy trains||Bachmann • Brio • Lionel|
|Board games||The Polar Express Game • Matching Game • Train-Opoly|
|Books||The Polar Express • A Guide for Using The Polar Express in the Classroom • The Art of the Polar Express • The Gift of Christmas • All Aboard the Polar Express • The Journey Begins • The Magic Journey • Trip to the North Pole • Keepsake Memory Book • Shadowbook • The Movie Scrapbook|
|Albums||Original Motion Picture Soundtrack • For Your Consideration|
|Other||Cereal • Video Game • CD-ROM Multimedia Edition|