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CMR Line PB Box cars

Prototype Information

The PB box cars are a modern box car which was undertaken in the early 2000's. Rather than being built up from scratch, a massive rebuilding program was undertaken by converting obsolete B6 class Ice Reefers, hence the 'B' prefix in 'PB'. They were fitted with double sliding doors and had the roof loading hatches removed, yet retained their distinctive curved roofline. To date, two liveries exist. They are employed in high speed parcels/mail/courier service.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road #s Livery Bureau
May 2013 ? 1st HO (1:87) 7700700, 7700859, 7701236, 7701285 Red Guangzhou
" " " " " " " " 7700132, 7702099, 7702103, 7702445 Red Shanghai
" " " " " " " " 77002411, 7702607, 7702679, 7702743 Red Beijing
" " " " " " " " 7700635, 7702519, 7702530, 7700520 Red Nanchang
" " " " " " " " 7700255, 7700259, 7700186, 7700299 Red Zhengzhou
" " " " " " " " 7701016, 7701787, 7701948, 7701976 Grey Beijing
" " " " " " " " 7005014, 7009203, 7002709, 7700116 Grey Guangzhou
" " " " " " " " 7700001, 7700021, 7700065, 7701222 Grey Shanghai

Model Review

CMR Line have produced a total of 24 cars with their latest release of these modern box cars. They are (officially) available only as four packs, with six different four packs, three in either grey or oxide red livery.

Unfortunately, the PB's share the same packaging as the P62K and P62NK box cars. This 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 is imperative that the cars are stored in the same position as they come out, otherwise the nice brass footsteps on the ends will sheer off.

The details on these cars are very nice. They have real chains attached to the brake handles on the car ends, full undercarriage details and opening doors - a first for Chinese ready-to-run models. The ventilation outlets on the roof are very nicely done, and the paint work is beautifully applied.

There are a few problems with some of the above. On all 12 of my grey samples, a piece of wire piping under the car has come adrift from the chassis, which conflicts with the wheels when going around corners. Oddly this is only apparent on the grey cars and none of the brown version. Finally a Chinese model car with operating doors! These look great with the doors open, however there are a couple of minor caveats. The doors are a little hard to open on some of them, and once opened may leave a rub/mark on the side of the car when they are closed again. Another slight criticism on the case of opening doors is the lack of floor interior. There are even air gaps between the frame and the side wall. I will work on a fine drop-in floor to improve this at some stage.

They have superb running qualities. The bogies clip into the frame and the chemically darkened wheels look nice and have low flanges.

Coupler Conversion
Plastic knuckle couplers - while these ones seem to work quite well, as a general 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
These cars are really nice, albeit for the modern era. They look great, run great and are very good value.

Review Summary

The Good News

The Bad News
Extremely well replicated models Still have the same flimsy packaging from previous releases
Lots of different road numbers Lack of floor interior
Excellent value for money Plastic knuckle couplers

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