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Bachmann China RZ (Ruanzuoche) Soft Seater Cars

Prototype Information

RZ22's are the soft seat, or first class cars. These cars were the rarities of passenger rolling stock, often not in a standard train consist or a maximum of one, however there have been sightings of trains comprising solely with RZ22's in shorter distance luxury trains. They have 2 + 2 club style seating and have slightly more opulent interiors. The ommision of one seat (compared to the 2 + 3 hard seat cars) allowed for a more cushioned and wider seat. Most were rated to 120 kph.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road # Livery Bureau Lights
April 2009 CP01201 1st HO Scale 10258 Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Shanghai No Lights
" " CP01202 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01203 " " " " 10256 " " " " No Lights
" " CP01204 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01205 " " " " 110211 Dark Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Beijing No Lights
" " CP01206 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01207 " " " " 110206 " " " " No Lights
" " CP01208 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01209 " " " " 110273 Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Xian No Lights
" " CP01210 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01211 " " " " 110281 " " Zhengzhou No Lights
" " CP01212 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01213 " " " " 110290 " " Shenyang No Lights
" " CP01214 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01215 " " " " 110336 Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Shenyang No Lights
" " CP01216 " " " " " " " " " " Lights

Model Review

General
The RZ cars were released in mid 2009, around the same time as the CA23 Dining cars. 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 although I still recommend a coupler upgrade - see below). The interior is a one piece casting.

Eight versions have been produced, with each of those available with or without interior lighting. All versions are of the green and gold variety, although there are four slight variations being either in green or dark green and with either yellow or pale yellow lining and lettering, as per prototype. The RZ22 introduced the lighter green color with rich yellow lining and lettering color scheme into the Bachmann range.

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 of the later 22/23 cars. WC room windows are cloudy.

Performance
The lighted version is more roll-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 lit versions RZ22's are fitted with a circuit board with a series of small LED's.

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 bring the gaps closer together, yet are a pain to attach and detach. While I usually advocate the use of KD couplers, on my passenger fleet, I prefer a Kadee coupler at each end of a rake of cars (type 362 NEM) and Fleischmann 6515's throughout the rest of the train. The Fleishmann couplers offer a superb connection and provide flawless operation between the cars around corners. They are also well built and designed and very easy to couple/uncouple. I find the Kadee's don't work as well with certain types of passenger cars which can prove troublesome when blending different types of passenger cars.

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

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