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Bachmann China C64/C64k Gondolas

Prototype Information

The C64's are THE frieght car in China. Thousands upon thousands are used in everything from coal transportation, to container service. They are displacing their C62 predecessors, but this has been a slow process as the country is often faced with car shortages. They can be found on basically every standard gauge line in China.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Livery Road #s Bureau/Owner
March 2007 CF00401 1st HO (1:87) Oxide 4867666 Factory prototype/demonstrator car
" " CF00402 " " " " " " 4952277 National Steel (?)
" " CF00403 " " " " " " 4809999 National Steel (?)
" " CF00404 " " " " " " 4960461 National Steel (?)
" " CF00405 " " " " " " 4936818 Yanzhou
" " CF00406 " " " " " " 0841389 Suzhou
" " CF00407 " " " " " " 0301786 Shenhua Corporation
" " CF00408 " " " " " " 0352129 Shenhua Corporation
" " CF00409 " " " " " " 0352388 Shenhua Corporation
" " CF00410 " " " " " " 0352130 Shenhua Corporation
April 2011 CF00411 2nd " " Black 4809778 CNR 2-7 Factory
" " CF00412 " " " " " " 4882177 CNR (Jinan)
" " CF00413 " " " " " " 4897666 CNR (Harbin)
" " CF00414 " " " " " " 4898276 CNR (Shenyang)
October 2011 CF00415 3rd " " Oxide 4917288 CNR (w/2 CNR Containers)
" " CF00416 " " " " Black 4876178 CNR (w/2 CNR Containers)
" " CF00417 " " " " Oxide 4929688 CNR
" " CF00418 " " " " " " 4934963 CNR
" " CF00419 " " " " Black 4834836 CNR
" " CF00420 " " " " " " 4905328 CNR

Model Review

Details
The C64's are a very welcome addition to the Chinese model railway world, they are very nicely built cars, with very crisp paint work, lettering and physical details. There are quite a few small flaws, for example ladders, footsteps and (self-install) tarpaulin hooks being the wrong color, no interior details and the side walls being too thick, but I stress these are not major problems, and most can be modified or simply overlooked as being unavoidable for the manufacturing process. There are two types, the C64 and the C64K (K = Kuai, or fast) for running at speeds of up to 120kph. Prototypically speaking, the only physical differences in appearance are the bogies. Unfortunately Bachmann have made both their C64 and C64K's with the same K type bogie.

The first production run were all oxide in color with removable plastic coal loads. The second run were black, also with removable coal loads. The third and most recent, was offered with black or oxide livery and with containers or a sand colored stone load.

Performance
The cars have a nice weight and roll very freely. The deep wheel flanges don't like Peco code 83 turnouts, but I think we're all getting pretty used to these shenanigans.

Coupler Conversion
Bachmann EZ mates can be replaced with Kadee #53/153 (short shanks), #5/58/158 (medium) or #56/156 (long).

Other Notes
A must have freight car for Chinese HO scale modellers. They have a few nagging little flaws, however these shouldn't deter anyone from going out and buying one. Or one hundred.

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
The most common freight car in China now in model form Deep wheel flanges
Excellent proportions & details Car side walls are very thick
Sharp lettering and good variations C64 type has C64 K type bogies
Removable coal load Tarpaulin hooks are a nightmare to install

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