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Bachmann China YW25K (Yingwoche) Hard Sleeper Cars

Prototype Information

The 25K class passenger cars are a further development of the 25 series of passenger cars. The hard sleeper variants have a typical capacity of 66 passengers spread over 11 open berths with toilets and washrooms at the end of each end of the car. 25K rolling stock is easily distinguished (in most cases) by their attractive white, blue & red livery, although since early 2015, it seems the class is undergoing a rapid repainting program to the classic green & gold livery. They are rated to 160kph and typically operate on T (fast express) type trains, however they are becoming less common as T trains are replaced by the ever growing CRH high speed network.

Model Production Summary

Release Date Production Number Production Run Scale Road # Livery Bureau Lights
February 2010 CP01401 1st HO Scale 672390 White / Blue / Red Shanghai No Lights
" " CP01402 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01403 " " " " 672393 " " " " No Lights
" " CP01404 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01405 " " " " 672383 " " " " No Lights
" " CP01406 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01407 " " " " 671835 " " Beijing No Lights
" " CP01408 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01409 " " " " 671826 " " " " No Lights
" " CP01410 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01411 " " " " 671828 " " " " No Lights
" " CP01412 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01413 " " " " 672364 " " Chengdu No Lights
" " CP01414 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01415 " " " " 672298 " " Urumqi No Lights
" " CP01416 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01417 " " " " 671486 " " Kunming No Lights
" " CP01418 " " " " " " " " " " Lights
" " CP01419 " " " " 671422 " " Harbin No Lights
" " CP01420 " " " " " " " " " " Lights

Model Review

General
The second addition to the 25K class cars were these hard sleeper variants. These were massively improved over the original hard seat versions, and in my opinion better than the later versions which came out three years after these (amazing what new tooling will do!). Ten versions are (or at least were) available over a broad range of bureaus and all in the same good looking white, blue and red livery. Roof and chassis clip onto the one piece body shell. Disassembly is a bit of a dogs breakfast and should be attempted from the chassis by inserting small toothpicks or similar and gently lifting off.

Details
Paint work is superb in very respect. Colors are spot on, edges are razor sharp and lettering is as good as can be. Interior is a one piece casting in blue which shows off the details inside quite well. Included in the packaging are 66 pillows and blankets to be installed if you so wish. The car ends are miles ahead of even the recent hard seat version with defined end doors, greatly improved corridors and superb details all round. Air conditioning details are also superb with sharp 3d and painted details. Bogies are very nicely recreated and significantly different from most Chinese cars employing an airbag suspension system. Like the YZ version, these cars are also based on the electrical plug door type rather than the simpler swing doors.

Performance
Cars roll very freely and are nicely weighted at 172gms for the standard coach and 191gms for the version with factory lighting installed. They are very long at a fraction over 32 cms in length so the loading gauge on your layout should be considered!

Lighting
Untested. All my examples are versions with out interior lighting.

Coupler Conversion
The coupler issues that plagued the hard seat cars appears to have been cured for this run. Even so, I would still recommend a coupler upgrade to avoid using the drawbar system and to improve the gaps between the cars as a result of using the supplied Bachmann EZ mates. I'm unsatisfied with Kadee's for these cars, and recommend the use of Fleischmann 5215's (with a Kadee on the end of each rake of cars for the locomotive/aesthetic purposes).

Other Notes
Another very important car in the modern China Rail scene that look and perform very well.

Review Summary


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The Bad News
One of the best looking passenger cars available Awkward to disassemble for interior modifications

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