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CMR Line P62NK Box cars

Prototype Information

The P62NK is an improved standard P62 with 'N' (nai hou gang) refering to the body paneling differences and 'K' (kuai) for the 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 (the main external difference with the P64 being the curved roof).

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road #s Bureau
December 2012 ? 1st HO (1:87) 3313692, 3318059, 33313558, 3314978 Guangzhou
" " ? " " " " 3333584, 3330373, 3334549 & 3324860 Shanghai
" " ? " " " " 3325438, 3115344, 3315276, 3328443 Shanghai North
" " ? " " " " 3335999, 3313828, 3335732, 3313406 Beijing
June 2014 ? 2nd " " 3334887 Beijing
" " ? " " " " 3322715 Beijing
" " ? " " " " 3324658 Beijing
" " ? " " " " 3303225 Beijing
" " ? " " " " 3326529 Shanghai
" " ? " " " " 3305166 Shanghai
" " ? " " " " 3317332 Shanghai
" " ? " " " " 3319877 Shanghai
" " ? " " " " 3339876 Guangzhou
" " ? " " " " 3327508 Guangzhou
" " ? " " " " 3334017 Guangzhou
" " ? " " " " 3310010 Guangzhou

Model Review - 1st Production Run

General
This is CMR's second freight car, after the recently released and succesful P62K. As these cars are identical apart from some external differences, much of the information is shared with the P62K box car review. (Differences about the two variants can be seen above in 'prototype information') They are sold in four-packs (the cars of the second production run are sold individually), and four beareau's have been produced - Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shanghai North & Beijing (although there is nothing to tell which beareau they belong to apart from on the packaging!)

Speaking of packaging, this comes close to the worst packaging I have seen. The cars 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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