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Bachmann China SS9G

Prototype Information

The SS9G's are the latest in the Shaoshan electric locomotive series with a Co-Co wheel arrangement. The standard SS9 was an enlarged version of the Bo-Bo SS8's, with the SS9G (model in question) having a completely revised external appearance. They are used on most of the major electrified mainlines in China, particularly between Shenyang, Beijing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road #s Bureau
2007 CE00301 1st HO (1:87) 0088 Shenyang
" " CE00302 " " " " 0089 Shenyang
" " CE00303 " " " " 0110 Beijing
" " CE00304 " " " " 0123 Beijing
" " CE00305 " " " " 0099 Guangzhou
" " CE00306 " " " " 0100 Guangzhou
" " CE00307 " " " " 0158 Wuhan
" " CE00308 " " " " 0045 ??? (blue)
May 2008 CE00309 2nd " " 0168 (Olympics) Shanghai

Model Review

General
The SS9G's are Bachmann China's second electric mainline passenger in their push for modern models. The first production run was released with eight different road numbers, two each for the four major bereaus that operate the class.

Details
The details on this locomotive is realy very well done, asides from the windscreen wopers which look very thick. I love the roof details on these, which are a major improvement over the already very nice SS8's. The bogie details have a nice level of depth. There are many other nice little touches, for example the e.m.u. plugs on the cab ends and the fine scale air hoses on the pilots. The major disappointment with the engine for me is the ultra high gloss finish over the otherwise very nice paint work. Even the bogies have an almost radioactive glow.

Performance
These locomotives are super smooth, quiet and strong. While they do lack the weight from previous releases (a tiny bit less than a DF4B), the high speed motor makes up for it so hauling long passenger trains, at least on layouts with minimal gradients, should be no problems.

Electronics
The locomotive can be run via the pantograph or rails, there is a selector switch on the PC board. Installing a DCC chip is very easy - with the 8 pin plug, but a Bachmann chip (or larger) will only fit directly above the motor. The lights are nice and strong; headlights are still the annoying blue for the headlights. Reverse lights are different on these locomotives with one side red and the other yellow.

Coupler Conversion
The SS9G's can take Kadee #5/#56/#156's (long shank).

Other Notes
A very nice modern electric locomotive for mainline passenger work.

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
A very high quality model Deep wheel flanges
Very strong, fast & quiet performance Very glossy paint finish
Very slick roof details and excellent pantograph system Poor colored headlights

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