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The beginnings of Bachmann

The company originated in America in 1833, when Henry Carlisle began to produce vanity products made from horn, ivory and tortoiseshell. At this point, the business largely dealt with the manufacture of high-back Spanish combs for the ladies of the Southern States.

Following the American Civil War this business was lost. The manufacture of side combs, barrettes and other hair ornaments continued on a large scale along with that of hand-carved ivory umbrella handles. 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, and given the name Bachmann Bros. .

Kader input and acquisition

The Kader Company was established in 1948, with the purpose of making models and toys for export around the world. In 1969, Kader produced their first model train for Bachmann, in response to the growing popularity of model railways. The relationship between the two continued to develop and prosper until 1987, when Kader acquired the Bachmann Company in its entirety.

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

Bachmann Europe was established in England during 1989. Its initial product range, known as Branchline consisted of models produced using the moulds of the Palitoy 'Mainline' range.

Further expansion

In 1992, Bachmann Europe purchased the continental manufacturer Liliput and a German office was established, handling all marketing, sales and product development for the Liliput brand.

Further acquisitions followed with the dawn of the new millennium. In the year 2000, British 'N' scale manufacturer Graham Farish was purchased by Bachmann Europe Plc and its production was also transferred to the Kader factory.

The Kader Group received ISO 9001 certification in 1999, in recognition of the high quality of its products and services.In 2009, Kader acquired the Sanda Kan factory, further strengthening its position on the worldwide stage.

Our aims

The aim of Bachmann Europe Plc is to provide railway modellers with the very finest quality locomotives and rolling stock. We are committed to providing true-to-life scale models that reproduce, in miniature, the realism of railways from yesteryear and today. Since 1989, the range 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 enhancement is of prime importance to Bachmann.

Our products

We are the producers of Bachmann Branchline OO Scale and Graham Farish 'N' scale model trains. In addition, we are authorised distributors for:

  • Bachmann USA products in 'N', 'HO', 'On30' and 'Large' scales.
  • W.Britain Toy Soldiers
  • Woodland Scenics and DPM buildings
  • Liliput 'HO' and 'N' scale
  • Thomas and Friends 'Large' scale
  • Bachmann China 'HO' scale
  • Scenecraft model railway accessories
  • EFE Die-cast Buses and Road Vehicles
  • 1st Gear Model Vehicles

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 quality, delivering the best you can get in British Outline models.

All of our United Kingdom stockists are listed on this website, as well as our international sales agents.

To find your local Bachmann Retailer, please visit our stockist pages

Bachmann.co.uk is owned and operated by Bachmann Europe Plc, registered number 2392907, a company registered in England whose registered office is at Moat Way, Barwell, Leicestershire LE9 8EY.

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