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Bachmann China CA (Canche) Dining Cars

Prototype Information

Dining cars are to be found on all long distance passenger trains in China. They are usually positioned between the soft sleeper car (RW) and hard seat coaches. The interior varies greatly mounted tables and benches to free floating tables and chairs in a variety of color schemes, but commonly a light green or blue. Each car comprises of around a dozen tables and an onboard kitchen.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road # Livery Bureau Lights Details
June 2006 CP00601 1st HO (1:87) 891556 (25K) Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Zhengzhou No lights Standard
" " CP00602 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP00603 " " " " 891837 (25K) " " Harbin No Lights " "
" " CP00604 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP00605 " " " " 892153 Light Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Chengdu No Lights " "
" " CP00606 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP00607 " " " " 892153 " " Shanghai No Lights " "
" " CP00608 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP00609 " " " " 891855 Dark Green w/Yellow Lining & Lettering Beijing No Lights " "
" " CP00610 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP00611 " " " " 891694 Dark Green w/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Huhehaote No Lights " "
" " CP00612 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP00613 " " " " 891280 Light Green w/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Qinghai No Lights " "
" " CP00614 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP00615 " " " " 891046 Dark Green w/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Luzhou No Lights " "
" " CP00616 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP00617 " " " " 891879 Dark Green w/Yellow Lining & Lettering Guangzhou No Lights " "
" " CP00618 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
" " CP00619 " " " " 891707 Light Green w/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Shenyang No Lights " "
" " CP00620 " " " " " " " " " " Lights " "
April 2013 CP00622 2nd " " 891538 Dark Green w/ Yellow Lining & Lettering Shanghai " " " "
" " CP00623 " " " " 080070 Light blue, Blue, White w/Red Lining Guangzhou No Lights " "
" " CP00626 " " " " 91618 Maroon/Cream Shanghai Lights Air Conditioner
" " CP00628 " " " " 892112 Red, Light Grey w/Orange Lining Taiyuan " " " "
" " CP00630 " " " " 92097 Blue & White w/Red Lining Shenyang " " " "
" " CP00631 " " " " 892150 Dark Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Chengdu No Lights " "

Model Review - 1st Production Run

General
The CA23 is a very welcome addition for Chinese model railroaders. To date there have been two production runs. The first run was released shortly after the YZ hard seat (improved edition) and YW hard sleeper cars, leaving only (at the time) RZ soft seater, RW soft sleepers and the UZ mail vans to complete a full train. A staggering 10 different road numbers were produced in three different (similar) color schemes.

The construction method is a one piece body with a clip in roof and underframe. The couplers are on a swing system, like the old Roco system, which ensures close coupling cars around corners (coupler upgrade is recommended - see below). The interior is a one piece casting.

Details
These cars have a generous amount of detail, much of it in the roof and undercarriage, with very nice roof vents, piping etc. Paint work is very nicely applied and the lettering and lining is razor sharp (although a little rough at the ends of the stripe). Bogie details are OK. The ladders look a little big and perhaps could of been applied a little better.

Performance
The unlit versions roll very well, while the lighted version gives off a bit too much resistance for my liking.

Lighting
Interior lighting is provided by a circuit board installed in the roof with small LED's. The LED color is pretty awful deep yellow/orange color. Pick up is provided by a wheel wiper system.

Coupler Conversion
Bachmann EZ-mates are fitted to the models which should be replaced at the earliest opportunity if you don't like huge air gaps between cars. Bachmann have included their usual semi-permanent drawbars which work well enough, yet are a pain to attach and detach. While I usually advocate the use of KD couplers, on my passenger fleet, I use a Kadee coupler at each end of a rake of cars (type 362 NEM) and Fleischmann 6515's throughout the rest of the train. These couplers offer a spot on length and flawless operation between the cars around corners. I find the KD's don't work well with certain types of cars and are a bit too short for my liking.

Other Notes
A much needed passenger car type now available!

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
A much needed passenger car type now available! Poor color LED's in the lit versions
Plenty of bureau options and road numbers Some details could be improved

Model Review - 2nd Production Run

General
Six new dining cars were released in April 2013 with 5 different liveries, including 4 new ones.

Details
Details are much the same as the earlier release. Asides from the obvious new liveries, the only other changes I can find are the addition of Air Conditioners to some variants. Also, while the bogies remain the same design, Bachmann have spiced them up by adding wheel numbers onto the axle boxes and painted up the generator attached to wheel number 3. Packaging is the new facelift, but same basic design. The plastic clam shell on all of the second release can accomodate cars with air-conditioners.

Lighting
The lighting system has been improved on these cars! Lights are now a decent white color (looks like fluorescent bulbs). Unfortunately these are super bright little buggers, so some diffusing is a must - a bit of a pain in the butt, however a much easier task than replacing the LED's with ones of a more appropriate color! (Tip: Try some thick plastic sheet cut from a plastic milk bottle)

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
Improved LED color... ... but bright enough to make your passengers blind
New liveries!

Model Photos


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