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Bachmann China YW (YingWoche) Hard Sleeper Cars

Prototype Information

YW22's are the hard sleeper type cars which were once the second most populous passenger car type in China. While they can still be found in China, newer cars are displacing them rapidly. Some of the class YW22 were equipped with air-conditioners, although these were rare.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road # Livery Bureau Version Features Lights
August 2006 CP00501 1st HO Scale 665122 Dark Green / Pale Yellow Zhengzhou YW22B (Early type windows) - No Lights
" " CP00502 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00503 " " " " 663620 " " " " " " " " No Lights
" " CP00504 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00505 " " " " 666930 " " Harbin " " " " No Lights
" " CP00506 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00507 " " " " 6006 " " JiTong " " " " No Lights
" " CP00508 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00509 " " " " 666596 Green / Pale Yellow Chengdu " " " " No Lights
" " CP00510 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00511 " " " " 666595 " " " " " " " " No Lights
" " CP00512 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00513 " " " " 665090 " " Shanghai " " " " No Lights
" " CP00514 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00515 " " " " 665091 " " " " " " " " No Lights
" " CP00516 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00517 " " " " 662882 Dark Green / Yellow Beijing YW22 (Early type windows) " " No Lights
" " CP00518 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00519 " " " " 662888 " " " " " " " " No Lights
" " CP00520 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
December 2006 CP00521 2nd " " 665087 Green / Pale Yellow Shanghai YW22B (Early type windows) - No Lights
" " CP00522 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00523 " " " " 665088 " " " " " " " " No Lights
" " CP00524 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00525 " " " " 665089 " " " " " " " " No Lights
" " CP00526 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00527 " " " " 666074 Dark Green / Yellow Beijing " " " " No Lights
" " CP00528 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00529 " " " " 666738 " " " " " " " " No Lights
" " CP00530 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00531 " " " " 665297 " " " " " " " " No Lights
" " CP00532 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
June 2011 CP00533 3rd " " 63871 & 63872 Maroon / Cream Shanghai YW22 (Early type windows) " " No Lights
" " CP00534 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00535 " " " " 65072 White / Red / Blue Shenyang YW22B (Early type windows) " " No Lights
" " CP00536 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP00537 " " " " 060308 Light Blue / Blue / White / Red Guangzhou " " " " No Lights
" " CP00538 " " " " " " " " " " " " " " Lights
May 2013 CP00539 4th " " 665295 Dark Green / Yellow Beijing YW22B (Late type windows) " " No Lights
" " CP00541 " " " " 665105 Dark Green / Pale Yellow Shenyang " " Broadcasting equip. " "
" " CP00543 " " " " 060307 Light Blue / Blue / White / Red Guangzhou " " Air Conditioner " "
" " CP00546 " " " " 666993 Green / Pale Yellow Shanghai " " Air Conditioner Lights
" " CP00548 " " " " 666798 Light grey / Red Guangzhou " " Air Conditioner " "

Model Review - 1st & 2nd Production Run

General
The introduction of the YW22 filled a major gap for passenger fleets. The first production gave us ten variants available with or without interior lighting and three variations of the common green and gold livery. They were an instant success and only mere months after, a new production run was made with six new road numbers with two of the previous liveries. The second run also saw the introduction of clouded toilet windows, but are otherwise identical. 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 which clips into the underframe.

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 some of the extra painted details from later runs. The windows have an annoying tendency to fall out, which requires pain staking job of disassembling the car to refit. I often use this as an excuse to add all those pillows and folded blankets which are included in the box! The individual destination boards are a very nice touch - but do not apply these with poly-cement!

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
Untested in first/second series.

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
Very high quality/robust model from Bachmann Deep wheel flanges
Various liveries and bureau options Difficult to disassemble

Model Review - 3rd Production Run

General
The next run of hard sleeper cars were introduced in mid 2011, and while they were officially released at the same time, it took a few weeks either side for all three versions to be released. Again, all versions were released with or without interior lighting. Interestingly, no green & yellow versions were released. This annoyingly saw me empty out my bank account once again!

The red and cream version was sold as a twin car set only and were sold with limited edition certificates (which incidentally don't fit in the boxes). I've somehow come into ownership of a dozen of these in the past 4 years (often as the retailers constantly confused them with YZ22's!), but about a year after their release, limited edition certificates stopped being issued and there appears to be a glut of these in the market (compared with other liveries). I'm beginning to wonder if a second run of these was quietly ushered in.

Details
As per 1st/2nd production review.

Performance
As per 1st/2nd production review.

Lighting
Untested.

Coupler Conversion
As per 1st/2nd production review.

Other Notes
Another great looking car by Bachmann!

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
Three new liveries! Still the same deep wheel flanges

Model Review - 4th Production Run

General
Five new versions! Packaging update from this version. Interestingly, only two of these versions were issued with lights (and no non-light version) and vice versa with the non-lighted versions. The missing product numbers were presumably for these cars.

Details
The most recent release of YW22 hard sleeper cars saw a very welcome new level of options and details fitted giving a nice unique feeling to each model. The seemingly most popular version of the YW22 (dark green/yellow) had a new number, but remained more or less the same as the other versions. All models from this run saw the introduction of the later style windows, commonly found on YW22B class cars.

A dark green/pale yellow version was again released, this one having broadcasting equipment added to the roof. These have become very difficult to acquire in recent times.

The light green/pale yellow version also saw a rerun and had the superb addition of a center mounted air conditioner, something I saw in many of my later trips to China.

A new Guangzhou version featuring the surprisingly attractive light blue/blue/red/white color scheme also came with a new road number and a large air conditioner.

A new brand new livery was also offered with the relatively common light grey and red color scheme, similar to the standard 25G class passenger color schemes (although the sleeper car Bachmann have made is lacking the orange stripe). It also features a large center mounted air conditioner.

Performance
As per 1st/2nd production review.

Lighting
Untested

Coupler Conversion
As per 1st/2nd production review.

Other Notes
Once again great models produced at a time when Bachmann actually seemed to care about their models.

Review Summary


The Good News

The Bad News
Five new versions with new features and details. Deep wheel flanges


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