The British company Bachmann Europe Plc was formed in 1989, and in 1993 it acquired the brand name and tooling of the formerly Austrian company Liliput. An office in Nuremberg was opened in order to serve the German and Continental-European market. The Nuremberg office looks after Liliput planning and production development.
The emphasis with Bachmann Liliput lies in the two track widths H0 (1: 87) and H0e (1: 87), with models based on German and/or European prototypes. In the early years, the tooling of the former Austrian company was used. Then at the beginning of 2000, Liliput began to produce its own tooling and models. The first steam locomotive produced was of the 62 class with metal housing. In the following years many more models followed, which contributed substantially to the success of Liliput brand. Some examples include in HO, the steam engines of the series 05, 45, 56, 71, 84 or 92, the tramcars VT90, ET11 and FLIRT, the electric locomotives E10 and E44, the Karwendelexpress and the compartment coaches.
The high quality of the products has been confirmed with awards from the press. For example, the readers of ‘Eisenbahn’ magazine selected the electric locomotive E44 for ‘The Model of the Year 2010’. The model was also awarded ‘The Golden Track 2011’, voted for by readers of the magazines ‘Modelleisenbahner’, ‘Eisenbahnjournal’, ‘Miba’ und ‘Züge’.
The Liliput range also includes garden scale models (1: 20,3 and/or 1:22,5) and N scale models (1: 160). Liliput introduced FLIRT models initially and one year later the range included locomotives, coaches and wagons. Further attractive models in this scale are already in the planning.
Branchline, Graham Farish and Scenecraft are very successful brands belonging to our British parent company, Bachmann Europe Plc based in Barwell, Leicestershire.
With a growing range of English models in OO scale (Branchline, 1:76) and N scale (Graham Farish, 1:148), Bachmann holds a strong position in the UK market.
In addition to this, the Scenecraft brand was introduced a few years ago. The range features hand painted resin buildings, figures and vehicles to complement modellers railway scenes.
The UK office are responsible for the planning and product development for these brands. Sales in Germany are handled in the German office.
Bachmann and Spectrum are brands from Bachmann Trains based in Philadelphia. The brands includes models in 5 different scales; HO (1:87), N (1:160), O (1:45), On30 (1:48) and garden railway. All models are based on American and Canadian prototypes.
Sales for these products are handled by the UK company or the German company in Altdorf.
Like other companies in the Bachmann group, Bachmann Trains are responsible for their own planning and product development.
Bachmann China offers a product line with models in HO scale (1:87). The models based on Chinese prototypes, will also find followers in the European market.
The following brands are not part of the Bachmann group. Bachmann Europe Plc are distributors for these product lines and sales are handled in both the UK and German office.
Aristocraft provides models for the garden railway (1:29) based on American prototypes.
Woodland Scenics and DPM offer an excellent range of scenic materials for modellers.