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CMR Line P62K Box cars

Prototype Information

The P62K is an improved standard P62, 'K' (kuai) denoting they are equipped with high speed bogies. They share the double doors and external ribs as the standard P62, thousands have been built but production has now ceased with the P64 taking over. For those wondering the external differences between these and CMR lines C62NK's, it is the blistered panelling between the external ribs.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road #s Bureau
April 2012 ? 1st HO (1:87) 3130374, 3101347, 3123753, 3105852 Wuhan
" " ? " " " " 3120166, 3108258, 3111751 & 3124320 Urumuqi
" " ? " " " " 3132488, 3132722, 3132833, 3135328 Jinzhou
" " ? " " " " 3187991, 3140573, 3150375, 3160279 Hangzhou
June 2014 ? 2nd " " 3130374 Wuhan
" " ? " " " " 3101347 Wuhan
" " ? " " " " 3123753 Wuhan
" " ? " " " " 3105852 Wuhan
" " ? " " " " 3120166 Urumqi
" " ? " " " " 3108258 Urumqi
" " ? " " " " 3111751 Urumqi
" " ? " " " " 3124320 Urumqi
" " ? " " " " 3132488 Shenyang
" " ? " " " " 3132722 Shenyang
" " ? " " " " 3132833 Shenyang
" " ? " " " " 3135328 Shenyang
" " ? " " " " 3129187 Beijing
" " ? " " " " 3129188 Beijing
" " ? " " " " 3141826 Shanghai
" " ? " " " " 3143109 Shanghai

Model Review - 1st Production Run

General
This is CMR's first freight car, which has been brilliantly executed. They are sold in four-packs (the cars of the second production are sold individually), each pack with a different bureau - Wuhan, Urumuqi, Jinzhou & Hangzhou (although there is nothing to tell which beareau they belong to apart from on the packaging or the cars themselves). Much of the information is taken from the P62NK box car review as they are identical apart from some slight external differences.

The packaging is one of the only flaws with them and hopefully this will be revised on future models. They come in individual two piece plastic clam shells. The cardboard outer box is very thin cardboard. It works well enough, but I can imagine these could be very easily damaged in the mail or in long term storage. I was sort of dismayed when I saw the state of mine from a Hong Kong vendor! It's especially disappointing after being accustomed to the superb boxes of CMR's SS3 electric locomotives. If using the original boxes for storage, make sure the brake wheels are to the right of the box or you will damage some of the undercarriage.

Details
Details are really very good - unfortunately the good bits are underneath the car! Nevertheless they feature etched metal walkways, vertical brake wheels, air hoses and ultra fine uncoupling rods. On the downside, they do have pretty chunky ladders, which don't stand out too much due to the color and the doors don't open.

Performance
The cars I have run very freely and are relatively heavy for freight cars which should keep inertia helping the train along - although I'm not sure if that will effect long trains or gradients.

Coupler Conversion
Plastic knuckle couplers - while these ones seem to work quite well, however as a genereal rule I simply don't trust anything apart from KD couplers. They will be very shortly converted to KD's - use medium shank whisker couplers with scale heads (158).

Other Notes
Overall, these are superb freight cars at bargain basement prices! These retail for less than $90USD (Dec 2012) for a 4 pack! There are a few minor caveats, however most of these can be rectified or simply ignored. They look great mixed in with Bachmann's P64's.

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
Extremely well detailed Quite fragile
Brilliant performance characteristics Woeful packaging
Excellent value for money Plastic knuckle couplers

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