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Bachmann China XL22 (Xingliche) Baggage Cars

Prototype Information

China Rail's XL cars were a very common car with one usually attached to nearly all passenger trains to handle cargo and oversized luggage. Gradually many of these cars have been replaced with newer variants such as the 25G, 25K, & 25T, but remain a common sight throughout China.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road # Livery Bureau Lights
September 2006 CP00701 1st HO Scale 204524 Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Zhengzhou No Lights
" " CP00702 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00703 " " " " 204156 " " Harbin No Lights
" " CP00704 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00705 " " " " 203922 Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Shanghai Lights
" " CP00706 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00707 " " " " 204304 " " Chengdu Lights
" " CP00708 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00709 " " " " 204402 Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Huhehaote (?) Lights
" " CP00710 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00711 " " " " 204363 Dark Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Jinan Lights
" " CP00712 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00713 " " " " 204263 " " Taiyuan Lights
" " CP00714 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00715 " " " " 204579 " " Guangzhou No Lights
" " CP00716 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00717 " " " " 204331 Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Shenyang No Lights
" " CP00718 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00719 " " " " 204383 Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Zhengzhou No Lights
" " CP00720 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
December 2014 CP00722 2nd " " 204499 Dark Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Beijing " "
" " CP00723 " " " " 204541 Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Shanghai No Lights
" " CP00726 " " " " 204555 (CRPE) Dark Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Beijing Lights
" " CP00728 " " " " 204516 (CRE) Light Grey / Red Shanghai " "
" " CP00731 " " " " 203954 Light Grey / Red Beijing No Lights
" " CP00733 " " " " 204453 Dark Green W/Yellow Lining & Lettering Guangzhou " "
" " CP00735 " " " " 204431 Dark Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Harbin " "
" " CP00739 " " " " 204431 Green W/Pale Yellow Lining & Lettering Chengdu " "

Model Review - 1st Production Run

General
The XL cars were released in September 2006. As usual, these are very good high quality models, similar to most of the range. The body shell is a one piece casting, with clip on roof and underframe. They are quite complicated to take apart, should one feel the need to do so, or if the coupler system gets snagged (don't try and force them back!). 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.

Versions

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 good, although missing the extra painted details of the 2nd run. 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 Very poor stock lighting (color)

Model Review - 2nd Production Run

General
The second run of these were released quite suddenly at the end of 2014 with some very nice new liveries. All models in this run were limited to 500 pieces and came with the new style packaging, with more paper work etc.

Details
Apart from the color schemes and some very minor painted on details, they are identical to the first run. Painted on details now include numbered wheel boxes and generator wheel. New paint liveries include the very good looking red/light grey livery. Two versions have private company markings of "CRE" (China Railway Express) and "CRPE" (China Railway Parcel Express Co., Ltd).

Performance
As per 1st production run review.

Lighting
Untested.

Coupler Conversion
As per 1st production run review.

Other Notes
Not all versions come in Lighted/Unlighted versions and there are many production numbers missing, possibly for future runs - hopefully with new color schemes.

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
The same very high quality Deep wheel flanges
New liveries and detail options

Model Photos


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