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Bachmann China RW (RuanWoche) Soft Sleeper Cars

Prototype Information

RW22's are known as soft sleepers - the nicest way to travel by train in China (apart from the ultra rare Deluxe Soft Sleeper!). They comprise of eight four berth roomette's with a lockable door. One obvious external spotting differences are the fewer amount of windows than other cars, although RZ's (soft seater cars) have the same amount. These, however, are much rarer than the RW's. They are usually positioned between the dining car and hard sleeper class and are usually limited to one or two per train. Later versions were equipped with air-conditioners, although these have not (yet) been produced by Bachmann.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road # Livery Bureau Lights
May 2009 CP01301 1st HO Scale 551183 Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Shenyang No Lights
" " CP01302 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01303 " " " " 51011 Dark Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Jinan No Lights
" " CP01304 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01305 " " " " 551103 Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Shanghai No Lights
" " CP01306 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01307 " " " " 551132 " " Guangzhou No Lights
" " CP01308 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01309 " " " " 551168 Dark Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Beijing No Lights
" " CP01310 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01311 " " " " 551204 Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Ürümqi No Lights
" " CP01312 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01313 " " " " 551591 Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Chengdu No Lights
" " CP01314 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01315 " " " " 551209 Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Lanzhou No Lights
" " CP01316 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01317 " " " " 050059 Light Blue, Blue & White W/Red Lining & Lettering Guangzhou No Lights
" " CP01318 " " " " " " " " " " Lights

Model Review

General
Another addition to the 22/23 class passenger range was introduced in mid 2009. These are of the usual build quality we've come to enjoy from Bachmann. 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.

Nine versions have been made, with five liveries (four of which are quite similar), although there are 18 product #'s available - half with lights, half without (odd #'s = No lights, even #'s = with lights). Hopefully we can see a rerun of these in liveries that were previously missed. Although CP01317/18 was officially released in May, it didn't become available for a few months after that.

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. Bogie details are OK, although missing the extra painted details later 22/23 cars enjoyed. Toilet room windows are cloudy.

Performance
The lighted version is more resistant to the unlit version due to the wheel brush electrical pickup system, however the effect is minimal. Those who operate more than 10 cars may see a noticeable difference. They do sport the typical deep flanges on the wheels, however they will go through code 83 trackwork (and possibly 75) with no problems.

Lighting
The RW22's are fitted with a circuit board with a series of small LED's. The color is that of an extreme orange - think Citronella Oil...

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
Another great looking car by Bachmann!

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
Usual quality/robust model from Bachmann Deep wheel flanges
Various liveries and bureau options - hopefully more to follow Very poor fitted lighting (color)

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